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Is Your Talent Selection Missing PersonalityThere are two words that an HR professional would prefer not to hear – “I quit” – but it’s inevitable and it will happen. With this in mind, there are things you can do to keep some resignations at bay. It starts with understanding the primary cause for leaving and then working to eliminate it. According to a recent Office Team survey, two out of three hiring managers reported that the number one reason an employee jumped ship was due to lack of cultural fit.

“It’s much easier for an employer to evaluate more tangible things such as skills and experience than it is to determine personality or work style,” Diana Shafer, branch manager, Office Team, Harrisburg, PA, says.

This is where technology can help. Wouldn’t it be nice to know how well a potential candidate fit in before the actual interview? Just think of the time and headaches you would save? So, if the culture fits, move on to the next step.

Just For Fun

Office Team also conducted a survey asking HR managers to recount some of the most unusual ways they’ve been told an employee is on their way out. Here are just a few of their replies:
  • “An employee baked a cake with her resignation letter written on top.”
  • “A marching band accompanied one guy in his announcement.”
  • “The worker threw a brick through the window with the words, ‘I quit’ written on it.”
  • “An employee left a sticky note explaining he was quitting.”
  • “The individual sent an email blast to all staff.”
  • “A worker threw a cup of coffee and walked out.”
  • “One employee bragged to his colleagues that it was his last day, but failed to let the HR manager or his boss know.”
Other employees took a more high-tech resignation route:
  • “One woman created a music video to explain she was leaving.”
  • “A worker sent his boss a text message.”
  • “One person quit via Facebook.”
  • “The employee submitted a message through the company website.”
  • “Someone resigned on a video conference call.”
A few employees had someone else do their dirty work:
  • “One person made his wife call to say he was not coming back.”
  • “The worker sent a text to his colleague and asked her to forward it to management.”
  • “An employee’s parents let the company know their son was resigning.”
Others did a disappearing act:
  • “A person went to the bathroom and didn’t return.”
  • “One worker packed up her belongings and walked out without a word.”
  • “Someone left for lunch and never came back.”
  • “A worker stormed out in the middle of a meeting without explanation.”
  • “The employee said she was stepping out to buy new boots, but was never seen again.”
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