Are You Job-mooning?

Admit it. You thought your new hire would save the day.

Two months later, you’re forcing a smile, totally disappointed that she’s not “all that.”

“In the beginning, you’re so hopeful,” says Catherine Stewart, owner of Stewart & Company Salon, but everyone is just showing off their best self.

After 15 years in the business, she’s learned that feeling of excitement almost never lasts.

“There is always the ‘honeymoon’ period and, with it comes a period of time, soon after the working together begins that the ‘honeymoon’ quickly ends,” says Stewart.

Career Builder reports 41 percent of companies made a bad hire in the last year that cost them at least $25,000.

And, found that 46 percent of new hires fail within 18 months.


Previously enthusiastic employees can quickly become disengaged, and negative personality traits emerge under pressure.

Says Stewart about her new beta systems leader, “I told him the moment I hired him that there might come a time in the next few weeks that we may start doubting each other.”

“But, if the professional union is a good one, the choice both parties make to join ‘forces’ for mutual benefit will not dissolve when the job-moon ends,” she adds. “Instead, it becomes a stronger union when we accept who our work partners are and flaws do not outweigh what they bring to the table.”

Bonus PINK Link: Ways to improve company moral.

Has this happened to you?

By Daryl Chapman

“No matter who you are, what you did … you can always change, become a better version of yourself.” Madonna

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