When faced with open positions and under pressure to hire, or tolerating a poor performer because of a freeze on hiring replacements, I’ve heard many managers say “well, a warm body is better than nobody”.
I would beg to differ. In most cases, a “warm body” (or bad hire) is far worse than leaving a position vacant until you can find a great hire or firing a poor performer even though the person cannot be replaced.
What are the costs of a single bad hire? Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out!