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When To Say Goodbye To That New EmployeeMonday 07/30/2012
DwayneDwayne Briscoe / Bookkeeping-Results, LLC
Owner / QuickBook Pro Advisor

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When To Say Goodbye To That New Employee

After you’ve done your work and trying to find who you think is going to be the best employee for your open position, but what’s your back-up plan, i.e. how long will it be before you realize that they are not who they claimed to be and you’re just realizing you made a very bad choice?  It happens to everyone, and above all else there is something that you CANNOT do, which is ignore the issue.  Every facet of a business’ finances is affected from the very top to the lowest level, from the owner towards how you deliver your product, and needing to terminate an employee is no different.


There are 4 key steps you need to keep as part of your hiring process, in determining how long you should keep someone to determine if it’s going to work out or not before it costs you more money than what you can actually afford.


1.          Do you have a written probationary period as part of your employee policy manual?  If you say “what manual,” then you need to take the time to put one together.  The Texas Workforce Commission has prepared an incredible Do’s and Don’ts for Texas Employers which you can download what is necessary to prepare a good start for one.  However it wouldn’t hurt to consult an employment attorney for their review of your final preparations.  Typically 90 days is a standard in most any industry, which often DOES NOT include benefits, which is set up to help people to earn them instead of being automatically handed them.


2.         Do they continually not follow the company rules set forth?  It’s likely if the job isn’t rocket science and it’s written out, then it’s pretty obvious that they are not going to change if you continually deal with these issues on a continuous basis.  Documentation is key, and if you’re spending more time with them addressing these issues, then you’re losing time focusing on your business.


3.         Are they held accountable for their actions or is it simply chalked up to poor training?  If you’ve documented what needs to be done and they still act that it’s too much to handle, then they are not the right fit and you can determine that usually within a few weeks of the initial start date.  Again, time limits are key to determine if they are worth keeping.


4.         Do they automatically start asking for time off, come in late, or what additional “benefits” they can acquire?  It’s time to say bye, bye, bye quickly, because they’re more interested in making themselves money than making you money.  It may sound harsh but it’s true – this is why you are the owner and they are the employee.



About Our Show Advisor: Dwayne Briscoe is the founder and owner of Bookkeeping-Results, LLC.   Dwayne began his company in January 2007, based on the foundation to educate small business owners and bookkeepers who use QuickBooks®.  Working as a full-charge bookkeeper and trainer in a variety of industries for over 15+ years, he is a certified Pro Advisor with 5 certifications, including Enterprise Solutions and Point of Sale.  He is also an instructor at Brazosport College in Lake Jackson, where he teaches basic accounting, QuickBooks®, and basic payroll, along with hosting his own private classes.


Bookkeeping-Results, LLC has focused more on quality and not quantity for their clients, by paying attention to the details.  Through regular continuing education participation, as well as exploring additional ways of “thinking outside of the box” to help expand people’s knowledge of their own financial well being, it’s important to focus on not only saving the client money but also making the client money.

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