I'm a dept mgr and I have a vacancy on my team. I'm having trouble hiring for the position for a few reasons:
1. The org is toxic and mgt isn't supportive. I'm desperately looking for a new job b/c I feel like any day here could be my last day w/ the negativity and frustration. I want OUT!
2. The team is burned out and practice incivility on a daily basis. I inherited the team when I took the position a yr ago and half the team members are lifers and have been w/ the co. 20+ years, but they call out every other day, do minimal work, argue w/ one another, etc. Then I have 1 newer person who has been w/ the co. a yr. and she hates it for the same reasons I do. I spoke w/ HR and set the team up for coaching and team work workshops. It has improved minimally, but I have 1 team member who is very toxic and antagonizes others. I'm documenting her behaviors b/c she needs to go, and I think the team would be in a better position if she wasn't here.
3. I don't believe the responsibilities of the vacancy create a 40 hr/wk job. I think the job should be reclassed to 20 hrs, but my boss won't allow me to do so. I could add more responsibilities, but I'm also not allowed to increase the pay and I can't see someone taking on more for such low pay. My boss doesn't let me lead my team; I'm just a "figure-head" w/ no support from him. There's also not much growth potential.
4. I learned that there's been high turnover in the position. Probably for all of the reasons listed above!
So despite all of this, I had two good interviews and in all honesty would like to hire both ladies and fire some of my toxic employees, but that’s not an option. I like both candidates for different reasons.
1. Candidate X
• Relocated to the area
• Previously worked in a similar capacity at a different org. in the same industry. Her experience would be an asset to grow the position into something more perhaps.
• She has a college degree in the field
• She would be someone new to the org, and I think it’s time to get some new qualified ppl working here to effect positive change
• My only red flag is that she’s a overqualified, so I’m not sure that she’d stay in the position long esp. w/ the hostility.
2. Candidate Y
• Has worked 21 yrs for the org. in a different dept. so she''s a transfer. She's familiar w/ the toxic culture here.
• She seems to have a willingness to learn, and is tech savvy in regards to learning new software
• Her work history shows that she’s grown in past positions and has taken on more responsibilities
• My concern is that back office functions are very different from the front lines and that will be an adjustment.
She also doesn't have a degree in the field so more training would be involved to bring her up to speed though I think she's very capable.
I have to fill the position, so any thoughts or feedback is appreciated!
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