Asking this question is a bit of a pandoras box. It depends on the friend really. I have friends that a lazier than #### and there is no way i would ever have them draggin down my business, and i also have friends that are really go getters, and they have the personality that they would go above and beyond what it takes to get the job done. So you need to ask your self, what kind of friend are they? Why is this friend in a positionto work for you in the first place? If its because they can't hold a job anywhere else, and you feel bad for them, then I suggest no go because after a month they won't be your friend anymore, trust me.
I have worked in companies where the owners cousins and family members have held positions, one hanging cameras (best camera installer I have ever worked with by the way) and others are dead beat freeloaders working at daddies business because they have to.
I would suggest really looking into what they bring to your business, and if they can help compliment a need. It could be awesome working with your friend, or it could be the start to the end of a friends ship. Just my two cents.
Only if you feel confident you could ask them to leave.
For 'friend', do you mean a 'friend' in the same field or a 'friend' who knows nothing about the industry you are in. I have seen both but the later is obviously far riskier.
It's interesting to hear both, though typically it would be someone who you wouldn't even consider hiring because they lacked the required skills or experience.
But I do mean to say 'good friend', maybe in your top 10 (assuming one keep such lists). People that become friends after meeting them in the industry are not what I'm talking about.
So here's a more concrete example. Your old friend Joe, who's been OOW and looking for a couple months, hears you are still looking to hire a junior tech. He's says he knows someone that might work out; himself of course. Let's say Joe's intelligent and can present himself without embarassment. He's not a deadbeat.
But Joe never struck you as the technical type. You quiz him. You write out "UNIONIZED" on a piece of paper and he says "YOON-yun-ized" with a smile.
The obvious answer would be no, but is it the common one?
IPVMU Certified | 05/23/15 04:28am
Throughout your career you make many acquaintances and friends through work. I have no problem recommending these individuals or even hiring them since the foundation of our friendship is work related and I can vouch for their work performance. However, it does get more complicated when the friendship is founded outside of work. It can work great or be a disaster and I have seen it go both ways.
It is important to keep a separation in business and friendship. There always has to be a line of understandng and respect . When you hire a friend it is very important to make sure to lay out the terms, policys,expectations upfront so as not to let go of any of your standards and tear down the other employees and communications lines created during employment .
Keeping and holding onto the different levels of respect is hard with friendships because you tend to let things go, look the other way, and not be as strick with policy's. (be carefree)
So I would say it really depends who, what, how long you have had the friendships, Charactor, and many other significant factors for relationships.
It would be like a marriage commitment ( some work and some don't ) different worlds
Be very carefull you dont forget what you really expect of them and let them know what they are in writing upfront .
Many friendships go by the wayside thru business relationships due to not really knowing who they are and finding out the character flaws in the business venture or partnership.
There always has to be a good understanding of what is expected and standards to be followed.
Like a well written company handbook or policy manual. Goals,Directives,Disciplines,Standards
No it doesn't work if you want to stay friends.
IPVMU Certified | 05/26/15 01:44pm
It's interesting that a day after I read an article about Reid Hoffman, CEO of LinkedIn, that this question comes up on IPVM. In an interview they mention an article where Hoffman "makes a case for hiring your friends". It's about mid-way down from this link..
I'd agree with Und B, it really depends on the type of person your friend is. You can have some types where it might be great, and some types it can be disastrous.
No absolutely not...however your questions is virtually not practicable to answer. Unless we could as an example envision what he looks like, how he acts, any why does he wants to work with you? Explain how he fits with your company as to justify hiring him?
Chesapeake & Midlantic | 05/26/15 03:29pm
Short answer: no.
Long answer: nooooooooo.
Best case scenario, you gain a good employee but your relationship is never the same, even after they leave.
More common scenario, your employeefriend screws up and you have to discipline or fire him or her. Friendship over.
Worst case scenario: you're unwilling or unable to fire or discipline your friendemployee, who then goes on to damage your business, your relationships with your other employees, your relationship with your customers, or all three.
Never hire friends or relatives. Get them jobs with your competitors, or your distributors or customers if you're really sure they won't screw up, but don't hire them. Never lend them money either- give them money, and if they can pay you back eventually, great. If not, no harm no foul.
An exception can be made if you want to partner with a friend. I've partnered with friends, and it worked out great as long as responsibilities were clearly delineated and the partnership could be dissolved at will by either party. If you know each others strengths and weaknesses, it could work out very well- and, of course, getting to hang out with your buddy all day long can be a lot of fun, if you are both task oriented people capable of focusing on the work at hand. But hiring a friend? Risky.