|Blog: Never Hire
||Hallo... I come from a successful
business family which has been around for almost 200 years. However, I
have this advice for those out there thinking of hiring relatives,
"Never Hire Family!"
Yes, that is right - never hire family! Please note, this advice is
based on my personal professional experience and has nothing to do
with my family business, of which I am not a part of and shall be
reserved as a different story for another time.
Hiring family makes bad business sense. Why? Well, you can't get rid
of them when they don't perform, you are forced to give them a salary
raise and promotion despite their not delivering, they argue with you
till you give in, you feel sorry for them, they make you look bad in
front of other employees, you have to cater to their whims and cries,
and worst of all... despite the business downfall, you have to attend
family functions with them for the rest of your life!
You might ask, "What about trust?" Yes, we all want to work with
people we can trust and feel comfortable with and the first instinct
is to go with family. Wrong! Not wrong because family cannot be
trusted, they should be and there should be a strong bond between
family members. Wrong because once you mix business with pleasure or
business with family, you have a concoction for disaster.
Strange thing is, even though I grew up around a red-tape,
bribery-filled, money-under-the-table society, I am a solid proponent
of the merit system. Oh yes, if you work hard, you deserve the credit
and not someone who happens to be a relative of the boss! So, rule
number one in business... refer to the title of this blog.
February 22nd, 2005