When cronies attack

July 11th, 2008

I know as small business owners and freelancers it may be tempting to hire or subcontract to friends who need work but may not necessarily have the right qualifications (or motivations). Before you do, you may want to consider some of the pitfalls and suggestions I mentioned in this article.

A marketing director I recently met was kicking herself for recommending a friend for a temporary position doing admin work for her boss.

“Everything started out OK,” said Christie, who works at an arts organization in San Francisco. ” And then the whining started.”

The job was beneath him, didn’t pay enough and wasn’t what he saw himself doing long-term, her ungrateful pal whinged. Then he told Christie that he “would be gone in a month or so.”

Only he didn’t quit. Instead, he stayed on nearly a year, “calling in sick once a week and showing up 30 to 45 minutes late every day,” Christie explained.

But the slacking didn’t stop there. There were the two-hour lunches, the “dental appointments” that required him to leave work early at least three days a week, and the maddening fact that he kept telling Christie about his necessary absences instead of dealing directly with his manager, something Christie was forever reminding him to do.

Read the rest of the article on abcnews.com.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. boohoo  |  July 17th, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Don’t “rich” people put friends and family in their businesses, subordinate political positions or within other colleges ventures? What the article is basically saying is: Don’t do what rich people would do; after all you wouldn’t want to do the types of things that keep them in the upper classes.

    The real issue is to just make sure they can really do the job, otherwise just tell them you don’t think they are cut out for it. Also, unless some heavy prodding is done a friend would only get an “interview”, not necessarily the position.

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