Employee Efficiency versus Culture Fit: Part I

efficient-employeeThere are a lot of characteristics we look for when assessing whether or not a candidate would be a great fit for a position. And in an ideal world, those characteristics would all be in perfect balance with one another.

Naturally, however, that is rarely the case. More often than not, we find employees who are really good in one department while lacking in the other.

Two areas where we seem to run into problems the most are: employee efficiency and culture fit. On the one hand, we have an employee who is really efficient but doesn’t necessarily jive well with other co-workers; on the on the other hand, we have an employee who does exceptionally well at getting along with people but doesn’t always finish their work on time.

That being said, the last we thing we want to do is feel weary about hiring these kinds of employees simply because they aren’t as well rounded as we’d like them to be. That’s why over the next few posts we thought we’d go ahead and highlight some of the pros and cons of each, as well as a few tips on how to handle the cons. For today, we’ll start with the efficient employees who are lacking in cultural fit. Take a look below:


Gets projects done on time. One of the greatest assets of an efficient employee is that they get their projects done on time and they do them exceptionally well, which is exactly why we value them so much in the first place.

Can pick up slack. Another great asset is their ability to pick up the slack in the event that others are underperforming, or if someone is unable to come into the office that day due to personal issues. This can be a great advantage for any business.


Can be intimidating to other employees. As great as these employees can be, one major problem we see is the sense of intimidation that may develop in other employees when the “efficient ones” are doing so well. Others may feel jealous or perhaps intimidated because they feel like these employees are outpacing them—and possibly making them look bad in doing so.

What to do: Fortunately, there are ways to help avoid this, such as ensuring that each employee still gets equal treatment and praise for the work that they do. You may also want to keep an eye on your “efficient” employees in the event that they might let things go to their head. Simply letting them know that what they do is a team effort can help reinforce the cultural fit aspect of the job.

Check back on Thursday when we start talk about the pros and cons of those employees excelling in culture fit. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!

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