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Fantasy Football & Hiring: Drop or Add Players?

Posted by Erin Borgerson on October 30, 2013

Fantasy Football  Hiring Drop or Add PlayersIt's almost midway through football season and your fantasy team either has a future in the playoffs or if you're anything like our Customer Success Manager, your team resembles the 2008 Detroit Lions.*

Earlier this fall in a blog post about drafting your fantasy team, we highlighted what to look for in a draft pick. Now that you have spent some time with your new players, it's time to decide if they are working out, or if they need to be benched. 

3 Indications You Should Add Players

  • You have more business then your current employees can handle. It's time to start hiring when your employees are putting in extra hours to get things finished and everyone is overworked. Although a good problem to have, avoid turnover by quickly adding players to help out.
  • Speaking of turnover. You should start hiring when an employee leaves unexpectantly or you have to let someone go. Keep a job up on your career site at all times so you have a pool of candidates to start interviewing.
  • Your team is in desperate need of a healthcare plan. No, we are not going to touch on Obamacare, but we are going to suggest you get professional help when it comes to figuring out how to navigate the Health Care Reform. It may be time to hire a HR professional or specialist to assist your team in insurance and other HR duties.

3 Reasons you should drop players

  • They aren't performing. Like all fantasy football teams, you project your players to perform at a high rate. Unfortunately sometimes players get sick, break the law, or just don't have the experience you are looking for. It's time to fire when your players aren't moving your team forward.
  • You didn't verify their skills. When you are drafting your team, you should always verify the skills your players says they have. If your player says they run a 4 second 100-yard dash, it's probably time to verify that statement. Same thing when a candidate says they can operate a forklift, ensure they possess this skill, or risk consequence.
  • They aren't team players. Lack of culture fit is a good reason to let a player go. When the employee doesn't fit in with the team and isn't motivated to try, you should reevaluate their position on your team. It's important to screen for culture fit during the hiring process so you aren't surprised down the road.

Hopefully your fantasy team (real or online) is winning games. Any advice for hiring and firing? Leave it in the comments below.

*The Lions lost every game during the 2008 season going 0-16.

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Erin Borgerson

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Erin is the Director of Marketing, Crisis Controller and Culture Ambassador (the last two titles she gave to herself) who joined the Hireology team in April of 2012. As a certified Inbound Marketer, Erin manages Hireology's marketing department, the Hireology Blog, and media relations. She is also a co-leader of the Chicago Hubspot User Group which brings together Hubspot users from around the Chicagoland area. Erin set off to Chicago after graduating from Western Michigan University. In her spare time she can be found shaking it in a Zumba class, reading a bestseller, or drinking a craft beer on her Wrigleyville porch.