Jobs For Friends
The saying “it is not what you know, but who you know” circulates around a college campus like a merry-go-round. I always understood it to be true, but never thought about the negative possibilities for hiring your friend or a friend of a friend. I hold an on campus job right now where I bust my hump everyday I work. A friend and fraternity brother needed employment during the school year, so I put him in contact with my boss, and he was offered a job simply on my word that he would be as good of a worker as I have been for the company.
It has been a few months and I have never heard a good thing about my friend from my boss. I pick up the slack for him, he does not come in sometimes, and it seems like he does not even try. Thank goodness my boss is easy going and finds my friend’s work ethic humorous because he knows he has me to get the job done.
This is just a campus job though. What about when I start my career in advertising and have a thorn in my side like this? In Ogilvy’s book Ogilvy on Adverting he touched on this issue. If someone from another company wishes you to hire their son, daughter, friend, etc…then it probably is not worth the risk. If you have to fire or butt heads with the person you hired your relationship with the other company maybe hindered or even terminated. When it comes to your friends or friends of one’s employees/ co-workers, I believe that as long as they are qualified then it is fine to hire them. The only problem with this situation is that instead of hindering or terminating a relationship with a company it is personal relationships that are being damaged, but that’s only if work related problems arise.
My simple solution is to hire the person who fits into the company best, is most qualified, has the best work ethic, and will benefit the company most.
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