Fantasy Football & Hiring: Drop or Add Players?

By Adam Robinson,
October 30, 2013

It’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.

About the Author

Adam co-founded Hireology with the mission to help growing companies make better hiring decisions through data and better technology. Adam is passionate about entrepreneurship, donating time to a number of organizations that support the entrepreneurial cause. Adam completed his undergraduate study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received his MBA from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

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