Hiring the wrong person can be a big problem for any business--especially one with just a few workers. Regardless of size, 80% of companies polled this spring say they've found ways to make bad hires work out.
Here are some responses to a survey of 187 companies nationwide done by Caliper Inc.
When is the soonest you've had to let someone go?
One day: 6%
One week: 11%
One month: 21
Three months: 30%
Six months: 11%
One year: 10%
How long does it usually take to realize you've hired the wrong person?
One day: 3%
One week: 17%
One month: 40%
Three months: 27%
Six months: 13%
How have you saved employees who seemed doomed to failure?
Specific performance suggestions: 20%
Changing employee's responsibilities: 19%
Stern warnings or probation: 18%