Three out of four employers claim they
regret some of their recruitment decisions, according to a new report.
The survey by Reabur.com, an HR consultancy, found that 74 per cent of
employers answered ‘yes’ to the question ‘have you ever felt regretful about
hiring a member of staff?'. Only four per cent answered ‘no’ to the question
and 22 per cent said they were unsure.
The results of the survey indicate that the recruitment
process has major flaws for a large number of companies, with staff
regularly underperforming after being taken on. Some 63 per cent of the
respondents said that underperformance was the reason they felt regretful,
while one in five said they thought a member of staff had a bad attitude.
Reabur.com’s co-managing director, Kirsty Birgess, said, “Terminating an
employee’s contract is not an enjoyable task for any manager; this is why it is
within the employer’s best interest to be make sure their recruitment
processes are robust which gives more confidence that you are hiring the
right staff for the organisation.”
The employers were also questioned about the staff member characteristics that
they thought would be the most likely to lead to regrets among employers. Some
71 per cent said lying on a CV was their top no-no. The next most popular
answer was simply not being good at their job.
Geoff Newman from flat fee
recruitment agency RecruitmentGenius.com believes
regrets are inevitable.
“Both employers and employees need to
share some culpability with recruitment mistakes. Either through desperation or
lack of thorough recruitment procedures mistakes will occur and there is no
method guaranteed to be flawless. What matters most is that everyone learns
from their mistakes, then adopts better recruitment processes and when the
inevitable does happen and a member of staff is let go that it is done