There’s one question that business owners and hiring managers have been asking for decades but still haven’t reached a consensus on. Should you hire family members? Often in a casual place of business family or friends might make an OK choice when it comes to hiring, but what happens when things go wrong and the family or friend makes a mistake that they should be fired for?
There are many considerations to think about when making the decision whether or not to hire family members. For one, who approached who? If you’re scouting them out, hoping to hire them on because you’re sure they’re a great fit for the company, great. If they’re looking to you for an opportunity – especially one they’re not quite qualified for – beware. You should always hire depending on qualifications. Never hire a family member because you want to do them a favor. Same goes for friends. When this happens you’ll almost always regret it.
Below, you’ll find several other things to consider before hiring family, as well.
- Skills needed for the position
- Their work ethic
- Experience needed vs. the experience they have
- Expectations and considerations for pay and how they’ll be compensated
- The long term effect on your relationship, should things go wrong for whatever reason
There are many other things to consider but these are the most important. You want to make sure you know what you’re getting in to when hiring family. They should be qualified for the job and have a great work ethic that you’d expect all employees to have. You also want to make sure the compensation is something they’re interested in and that they won’t be expecting more, considering they are family.
There are also many benefits to hiring family or friends, as well. You know you can count on them. They’ll do what they can to help you out in a moment’s notice, given that you don’t take advantage of that. You’ll also find a few more benefits, below:
- No need for a background check
- You know their work experience and skill set
- You know their references and can easily verify that they are reliable
For those that are considering hiring family to help with a business, consider the pros and cons and fully evaluate the situation before making a decision. You’ll be happy to have someone you can rely on, without going above and beyond to prove it, but you also want to make sure you’re on the same page as far as compensation, qualifications and more!
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