Nine Employee 'Types' You Don’t Want to Hire

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-08-2013
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Nine Employee 'Types' You Don’t Want to Hire

The Excuse Artist  The Excuse Artist is almost always involved in failed systems launches and other tech meltdowns, but, amazingly, it's never his fault.

Hiring a bad employee will impact your IT department in wide-ranging ways--from lowered productivity to bad office morale to customer and user dissatisfaction, among other factors. Not surprisingly, these professionals will drain your department's bottom line: 41% of companies estimate that a bad hire costs more than $25,000, and one-quarter say it costs more than $50,000, according to CareerBuilder. More than one in five employers say poor recruiting hurts key relationships with clients. And one in 10 employers say it can cause sales declines--and even trigger legal issues. So how do you spot a bad tech worker? They materialize in a wide variety of forms, and many are highly skilled at disguising their deficits. But, that said, there are a number of classic "types" who will eventually expose themselves as guilty of the following behaviors. These examples were compiled from a number of career resources, most particularly Fred Pryor Seminars/CareerTrack, an international provider of professional advice and training conferences, workshops and webinars, which created this list of toxic employee types.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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