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The High Price Of A Low Performer
Survey: Managers Spend More Than a Full Day a Week Addressing Subpar Work

MENLO PARK, Calif., May 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- An employee who can't keep up with work demands takes a heavier toll on a business than some may think, new research suggests. Global staffing firm Robert Half recently asked CFOs to estimate how much time is spent coaching underperforming employees. The answer: 26 percent of working hours, on average — that's over 10 hours out of a 40-hour workweek. Finance executives also acknowledged that hiring mistakes negatively affect team morale.

Source: Robert Half

View an infographic of the effects of a poor hiring decision.

CFOs were asked, "To what extent do you think making a poor hiring decision affects the morale of your team?" Their responses:





Not at all




"A bad hire is tremendously expensive for a company," said Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half. "The time and money managers spend on recruitment and training is lost, and they also have to fix underperformers' mistakes and deal with their effects on staff morale and productivity."

McDonald added, "A bad hire signals that your hiring process may be flawed. It could be that you are not putting sufficient weight on soft skills or are overemphasizing qualities that aren't crucial to the role."  

Here are four hiring best practices from Robert Half:

1.      Use a multipronged approach. Most employers post open positions on job boards and just wait to be flooded with applications. Maximize your chances of hiring a top performer by using multiple strategies:

  • Ask for employee referrals.
  • Tap your network.
  • Work with a recruiter.

2.      Hire for fit. New hires should have the technical chops to do the job well, but don't forget to assess how various candidates may fit within your team and corporate culture.  

3.      Offer above-average compensation. Job seekers with stellar skills know what they're worth, so pay is not the place to skimp. Consult resources like the 2018 Robert Half Salary Guides for insights on starting salaries, hiring trends, benefits and perks.

4.      Don't skip the reference check. Nobody loves calling strangers to get information, but the reference check is still one of the best ways to ensure potential employees are who they say they are, especially since resume lies are on the rise.

More information about the costs of a bad hire can be found on the Robert Half blog.

About the Research
The survey was developed by Robert Half and conducted by an independent research firm. It is based on telephone interviews with more than 2,200 CFOs from a stratified random sample of companies in more than 20 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas.

About Robert Half
Celebrating its 70th anniversary, Robert Half is the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm. The company has more than 300 staffing locations worldwide and offers online job search services at For hiring and career advice, visit our blog.


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SOURCE Robert Half

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