This WP article shares an interesting and rare practice from US grocery chain Whole Foods, that has me feeling a little conflicted:
New hires are voted in — or out — by their teams after their first 90 days at the company. A two-thirds majority is required to keep an employee on board.
The employees quoted like the system because:
- Existing employees can get rid of new coworkers who don’t pull their weight
- New hires get a sense of acceptance themselves because their coworkers have actively chosen to keep them
I’m torn on this. On the one hand I see obvious benefits but on the other hand I can also see some pitfalls. What if someone with a grudge against a new hire campaigns to get that person fired? What if employees see this as management abdicating their responsibility? What if a new hire who gets fired sees this as a rejection by his peers, rather than just a corporate decision?
Read the article and let me know what you think. Is this something you’d like to see introduced in your workplace?
UPDATE: Apparently the article may be explaining the practice wrong. Here’s a comment on reddit from a Whole Foods employee: