Workplace Relationships: Finding the Right Employee

business-1137362_1920If your work life is like mine, you spend a lot of  time in your office (whether home or office building).  Do you have employees (or do you want to hire) to help with the tasks that need to be accomplished?

Workplace relationships impact the productivity of your staff. Are your employees stressed out? Do they set goals to accomplish daily tasks? Are your employees communicating with each other and with you? Are they the right fit? Here are a few things to consider when looking for the right employee.


Many employers become short-handed without much (if any) notice and often make a hasty decision to fill the opening with what appears to be a good candidate. But rushing to fill an empty position can end up costing more than taking the time to find the right person. It’s important to strike a balance between your and the candidates’ needs. It can be especially difficult when the interviewee asks how long before they find out if they’ve been selected for the position. You don’t want to feel pressured to make a quick decision, but you don’t want to be unfair to the candidate either.

The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.

Just as you would want them to disclose their strengths and weaknesses to you, make sure your candidates are aware of their duties as well as the environment they will be working in if hired. It’s important for the potential employee to understand the office culture and job expectations.

Go over a few scenarios that may occur and ask how they would handle them and then explain what you would expect to happen. Not only will this help the candidate understand what to expect, but will help them make good decisions if such a scenario arises in the future.

Keep in mind that tech-savvy candidates will have likely researched your company online and found customer and employee reviews, so make sure you give your take on what it’s like to work at your company.


Setting up a hiring process is time-consuming and can incur unexpected expenses. Have a clear frame of what you are looking for and the measures you will set to make sure your time invested will pay off. A specific job description and skills desired is an important first step to making a great hiring decision. Hiring the wrong person will end up costing more in the long run, so make sure you consider all the costs when going through the hiring process.

Hopefully by following these tips, you’ll find the right candidate to fill your open position, and they’ll be a perfect fit to meet your business needs.