Hire slow, fire fast can be hard. The upside outweighs the pain.

By TechAikido


Is your philosophy - hire slow, fire fast?

Building and managing an efficient engineering team when you're not from a technical background is a challenging task. To make this task less daunting, we're launching a series of articles addressing six key areas of improvement. Our first piece focuses on a vital aspect of team management: recruitment. The question at hand: "Should your hiring philosophy be 'Hire Slow, Fire Fast'?"

Beware of 'Hire Fast, Fire Slow

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"Hire fast, fire slow" can be a tempting strategy when you're striving to project growth and create an appearance of success. But it's a methodology that comes with significant downsides. It might provide short-term boosts to team size and initial productivity, but in the long run, it can negatively impact team culture, morale, and sustained productivity. Remember, a happy team is a productive team, and building such a team takes time and careful selection.

Trials and Performance Reviews: The Roadmaps to Success

Every employee should have a clear understanding of what's expected of them and how they can excel in their role. Consistent feedback in the form of trials and performance reviews are crucial to this understanding. 

Managers and team leads need to track progress diligently, ensuring employees have the conditions necessary to succeed. They must also be prepared to address any concerns with the employee and take appropriate action when necessary. As your tech consultancy partner, we can help you establish effective feedback and review mechanisms tailored to your organization's unique needs.

Facing the Hard Truths

Many tech professionals are introverts, and confrontation or conflict can be a significant challenge. However, when issues arise, they must be addressed head-on. It takes courage to face and resolve these problems, but doing so is crucial for the health and productivity of your team.

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When issues are raised, don't ignore them. Take them seriously and act decisively. We are here to support you in managing these difficult situations, providing guidance based on best practices and industry standards.

As your tech consultancy partner, we are committed to guiding you through these complex processes. Reach out to us to learn how we can help you attract, evaluate, and retain the technical talent your business needs to thrive.

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