Cost of a Bad Hire Revealed

By Robert Half on March 21, 2017 at 8:16am

Costs of a Bad Hire Revealed

Does your hiring process help you make the right decisions or lead you down a path of costly mistakes? Read on to see just how much a bad hire can cost you …

Among small and midsize business owners and managers polled:

86 per cent admit making a bad hire.
54 per cent believe most hiring managers underestimate the complexity of the hiring process.

Percentage of business owners surveyed who experienced the following outcomes due to a bad hire:

61% time wasted hiring and training someone
56% increased stress on the team
30% increased stress on the manager
19% decreased confidence in management’s ability to make good hiring decisions

Do you have 27 weeks to spare?

Even when firms realize they have made a hiring mistake, they are slow to take action.

Realized Bad Hiring Decision

44 per cent said it took less than a month to realize they made a bad hiring decision…

Time It Took to Let Person Go

but it took more than three times that on average (16 weeks) to let the person go.

Time Passed Before a Replacement Started

Seven more weeks passed before a replacement started working, with 70 per cent of businesses putting the added workload on existing staff during this time.


BRANCH OUT. 56 per cent of respondents said the best new hires come from referrals, including employees and recruiters. Of the businesses that use recruiters, 71 per cent said a recruiter was able to find a candidate they wouldn’t have found on their own.

DELEGATE. 39 per cent said working with a recruiter saved the firm time by doing most of the work; 26 percent said it saved them money by finding someone quickly.

GET A GUARANTEE. 27 per cent of businesses working with recruiters said they do so for the service guarantee.

BRIDGE THE GAP. Along with lining up your next new hire, recruiters can help you find temporary professionals to ease the burden while roles are vacant.

Robert Half survey of more than 400 business owners and human resources managers in Canada at companies with 1 to 499 employees.

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© 2017 A Robert Half International Inc.

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