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Should You Hire Someone Who’s a Family Member or Friend?

November 12th, 2019

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and you’re in an especially generous frame of mind. But if you’re also in the hiring process, does that mean you should hire a family member or a friend of they’re looking for a job?

The answer: It depends.

If they’re highly skilled, qualified and the exact-right personality you need, then you should definitely put them on your short list to consider. However, if you know they’re not a match, but simply want to help them out, then hiring them can spell trouble.

Either way, the decision is up to you. But you could face some challenges, even if they are the right fit. Here’s a look at three of them, so you walk into the situation with eyes wide open:

Challenge #1: Goals and expectations.

When it comes to hiring someone you know and that you’re close with, there’s a lot more at stake than if they were a stranger. It’s why you need to be especially careful when it comes to defining goals and expectations, making sure you’re being clear and that they fully understand what you need from them.

Challenge #2: Rules and regulations.

If your company is like most, it likely has many formal processes and policies in place. You need to make sure your friend or family member follows them in the same way as everyone else. And if they get off track or step out of line, there should be specific consequences just as there would be for any other employee.

So, for instance, if they’re five minutes late every day, don’t give them a break because they’re a friend or family member. You need to have a conversation with them, so they understand what you expect and why their behavior isn’t professional or appropriate.

Challenge #3: Conflicts and performance issues.

What happens if your new employee, who also happens to be a family member or friend, doesn’t get the job done? What if there are performance issues or behavioral problems? How will you approach the situation? Before you extend an offer to someone you know, you need to consider these kinds of circumstances and whether you’d be able to hold this person accountable in a fair and effective way. If you can’t, then maybe they’re not your next great hire.

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