The impact of a bad hire for your business

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Stafflex Office team manager, Anna Wright shares some examples on how a bad hire can affect your business.

A bad hire means selecting an unfit or unsuitable candidate for the job and it can have far-reaching consequences for any business so making the right hire is essential.


Time, money and resources

The whole recruitment process of hiring and replacing staff costs money. A bad hire essentially means that all of your hard work has been wasted – this includes the time spent posting the advert, sifting through CV’s, selecting the shortlist, interviewing candidates and even all of the induction and training programmes they may have undertaken when they started working.

According to a report from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), a bad hire can cost your business a fortune – up to 3 times their annual salary and in this time of economic uncertainty it is even more important to make sure we are not wasting money.


Lower staff morale

An underperforming employee will most likely have a negative impact on the rest of the team affecting staff morale and bringing general productivity down.

This can lead to other employees forced to pick up the slack, which in turn could see them become disgruntled and leaving the company. Your most talented staff will be at risk of moving to a more stable environment if the disruption carries on for a long period.


Damaged reputation and loss of business

It is common knowledge that “word of mouth” is one of the most effective ways to build a company’s reputation however, this is a double-edged sword, as a bad experience for a customer will have the complete opposite effect – damaging your reputation by telling their friends about the experience.

A bad hire will not demonstrate the high levels of customer service normally associated with your product or service, which can result in negative publicity.


If you would like to discuss how bad hires can affect your company, please contact Anna Wright on 01484 351010 or at