Square Pegs: 10 Things to Try When New Hires Don’t Fit In


Establishing and maintaining a strong company culture matters to the success of a business. “It affects everything from product branding, to the hiring process and employee productivity, plus all the details in between,” according to the Carson College of Business at Washington State University.

But what happens when a new employee disrupts the current culture and is not a good fit? To find out how to deal with this, we asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council the following question:

Q. What is your best tip for dealing with a new employee who isn’t fitting in well with the company culture?

1. Take the opportunity to reflect

Culture clashes offer an opportunity to reflect: Is our culture too strict or inflexible? Do we need to reshape ourselves? If the honest answer to that question is “no,” then you can explore whether the new employee is embodying something that doesn’t synergize with your company. —Peggy Shell, Creative Alignments

2. Check your culture

Because “culture fit” can so easily be used as an excuse to remove diversity from an organization, I tend to look at the culture before assuming that an employee isn’t a good fit. Sometimes, a culture needs to adapt to be more inclusive. Personally, I prefer to look for a values fit to ensure that team members are working towards shared goals in a consistent and coherent fashion. —Thursday Bram, The Responsible Communication Style Guide

3. Push for a more laid-back environment

A strong office culture can be the biggest motivator for some employees and a continuous source of stress for others. The truth is some individuals are more introverted than others and won’t react as well to an overbearing office culture. The best way to handle this is to remove some of the pressure for these individuals to participate by pushing for a more laid-back or low-key environment. —Bryce Welker, Beat The CPA

4. Try moving them to another team

People issues are the biggest problem area for many companies, but they sometimes can be solved by putting problem people with a group of people in the company who may be able to get along with them or utilize their skill set better. A bad fit could be caused by the person or the environment they are in. It’s a two-way street, so change one of the variables. —Andy Karuza, FenSens

5. Bridge the disconnects

When cultures clash, an easy remedy is to understand where the conflicts and misunderstandings are, and then bridge those disconnects. Often, both parties fail to interpret the other’s intentions and values, which can create friction. To solve …read more

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