Personal GrievanceWork Environmentwoman struggling with poor job fit

Talking about quitting is not something you want to overhear one of your most high-performing employees talk about, especially if you manage a small business. Finding strong talent takes time, and employee turnover expenses mount up, so losing even one person may be costly.

So, what causes good employees to leave? You may have a problem if you have more turnover than you desire and you can’t find out why your new workers are failing. This is the result of poor job fit.

What Is Job Fit?

Job fit is the sensation of being productive and fulfilled at work since your daily responsibilities motivate you. When a person is put in a role that does not match their natural talents or does not meet their personal and professional needs, this is referred to as a poor job fit. Employees who work in positions that are a good match are more likely to be productive, happy team members who stay. Employees who work in positions they aren’t suited for, on the other hand, are less productive, unhappy, and less likely to remain around. It makes no difference if you have 150 employees or merely 15, job fit is important.

Warning Signs Of A Role Mis-Match

Here are a few indicators of a person/role mismatch:

  • The employee frequently seems agitated, nervous, bored, or frustrated.
  • Tasks take far longer than they should.
  • The individual possesses the necessary skills/expertise to succeed yet continually fails to provide outstanding work.
  • Improvement is either gradual or non-existent.
  • You devote more effort to mentoring this individual than you do to your other staff.
  • The employee is drawn to work that is not related to his primary job.

How To Ensure A Better Job Fit?

It is important to define the role’s requirements and set a job goal. Should the individual be disciplined and rule-following, or a big-picture thinker who delegated the details? Will the job necessitate a lot of social interaction, or will it necessitate a lot of heads-down time to get the job done? After assessing the work, do a behavioural and cognitive exam to determine a person’s suitability for the role. These techniques are quite useful in determining who would be likely a good match for the position. The best approach to establish a person/job match is to use them in conjunction with a CV, references, interviews, and skills-based testing (if the role needs specialised competence).


If you’ve noticed employment turnover has reached an all-time high, or you’re starting to see decreased efficiency in your workplace it may be due to poor job fit. Take the time to step back and analyse these jobs with the employees. Potentially a communication with the employees may be all that it takes to refit these jobs. Contact us today at Resolve Legal if  you need help with managing employees, we’re here to help!

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