3 Reasons That Hiring A Perfect Unicorn Employee Can Actually Backfire

Caitlin Weiser, aPHR
April 18, 2023

What is a Unicorn employee?

“A unicorn employee is someone who checks all the boxes on a job description. They have the right amount of experience, the perfect industry background, an ideal college degree; they’re exactly who you’re looking for. You visualize this employee as a self starter; jumping right in with little to no training and melding seamlessly with team members to start achieving results quickly.”

Caitlin Weiser was featured throughout this Forbes article, talking about how unicorns truly don’t exist and how trying to hire one can actually backfire companies.

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The Results

Construction and Contracting

A commercial roofing contractor was in hyper growth mode. They had goals to increase their field workforce to expand their service area to additional states and geographical locations. If they were to grow their field workforce, they would also need to increase their administrative, operational and sales headcount to support the additional workload created by increased field work. Additionally, they were challenged in workforce retention and development, experiencing high turnover, and did not have a dedicated Human Resources professional to manage employee relations and compliance issues that come with trying to scale a business.

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