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The Toxic Culture Crackdown: Hiring Employees Who Whisper Less, Work More

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Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Jasika Adams – Talent Acquisition Manager at Advance Systems. Her opinions are her own.

Employees are a company’s greatest asset – they’re your competitive advantage.

How often can an HR representative tell that the employee will be proven to be productive? Organizations tend to develop a toxic work culture if they don’t take preventive measures while hiring their employees.

Kathryn Minshew says understanding your employee’s perspective can go a long way towards increasing productivity and happiness”. However, while commencing the hiring process for a “newbie,” there are many key points an organization must consider.

Below are 9 things employers must look for and conduct on their employees:

1. Hire candidates who are committed to their career.

Employees who are committed to achieving their goals will be much more productive at the workplace. Their work will be much more efficient than the employees who are going around without mapping out their career. These are the employees who waste their working hours into unproductive activities.

Always check the candidate’s previous job profiles if they are working on their career map.

2. Check their compatibility

Every organization must conduct a compatibility check and check if the organization’s goals and culture are compatible with the employees. If both the organization’s goals and perspectives are different than the employees, then it is likely the association will never be productive as it could be.

3. Check past experiences and credentials

One of the most important things an organization must check is the applicants past experiences and credentials. By conducting an effective background check you can ensure a culture fit within your team, and ideally find an employee who has a “workaholic” like attitude. You can do this by testing their skills and knowledge about their experiences in the previous workplace.

4. Get social with your employees.

Conducting 360-degree research on your employees is a must. It will inform you about their personal choices and interests in life. The human resources department must scan their social media profiles and collect data. It will surprise you to know that about 90% of companies now hire employees from social media platforms itself.

5. Analyze their behavior

Many times organizations isolate the candidates and analyze their reactions to situation, as this can help inform if a candidate is a “gossip monger” or will be proven to be an efficient worker and aid team culture. People who spend time on calls, or try to have “small talks” with other candidates, or are shown to be restless or impatient during the assessment period, should not usually preferred by the companies.

6. Conduct a personality test during an interview

Organizations must break down the cliché aptitude test and instead conduct a personality test. Personality tests tell an organization about the employee’s preferences and choices. Give them hypothetical situations and analyze their responses to them. This will also inform about their response to stimuli power.

Personality tests must be designed effectively so that you cover all the possible workplace crisis scenarios.

7. Time-bound tasks

Every organization has a set number of working hours, and time-bound tasks are an effective way of measuring and keeping your employees on track. Employees should be assigned tasks and complete their assigned tasks before a given deadline. If an employee conitnues to miss deadlines, they will be inefficient and likely waste more of their working hours in unproductive activities.

8. Work attitude

It is also prudent to check a candidate’s attitude. If they are optimistic as an individual and are willing to undertake every challenging task with a “can do” attitude, they are likely a good hire. To crack down a toxic culture within your organization, hiring a positive and energetic employee in your workforce is a positive step. These are the employees who are willing to go miles for an organization.

Efficient employees plan well and believe in “prevention is better than cure.”

9. Work ethics

Every employee has a particular set of rules and ethics that they follow. Knowing about their work ethics and values in life will help the HR department to choose the right fit for the organization. Organizations can even conduct training sessions where they inform about the organization’s culture and ethical code of conduct they follow.

Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure the personality development and serve an organization to their fullest.

Final Words

To break down the toxic habits that eventually lead to an unfavorable workplace, The HR department must execute an effective series of tests to check their employees compatibility within your organization. Remember, the goal is to hire efficient employees! Additionally, motivational sessions must be conducted time and time again in the organization to keep your employees motivated and driven.

“Employee loyalty begins with employer loyalty. Your employees should know that if they do the job they were hired to do with a reasonable amount of competence and efficiency, you will support them” – Harvey Mackay.

Jasika Adams

Jasika Adams is a writer with a passion for writing on emerging technologies in the areas of human resources, startups and business management. She is a talent acquisition manager currently associated with Advance Systems. In her free time, she loves to play with her kids and reading mystery books.

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