Tips for Employing Friends and Family

To Maintain Your Relationships


Tips for Employing Friends and Family

Your employees can be your business’s greatest assets. It’s important to choose wisely when hiring, and it can be tempting to bring along people who you already know well. Before you say “you’re hired!” read these tips for employing friends and family.

Tips for Employing Friends and Family

Make it official. As with any business relationship, a contract can ensure there is no room for argument should things not go as planned.

Voice and document your expectations. Make your expectations clear in the beginning so there is no misunderstanding about what it means by hiring your friends or family. Be sure to have this conversation ahead of the first day on the job.

Separate home and work. Work stays at work and home stays at home. Don’t bring up the argument from home last night when you’re at work and don’t pitch your new marketing idea at the dinner table.

If possible, have them report to someone else. There shouldn’t be any special treatment for friends and family, so having your relative report to someone else can help prevent you from treating them differently. It also might make your other employees feel more comfortable with the equality of opportunity within the company.

Consider if it’s really the right opportunity. For example, it might be okay if:

  • You have worked together successfully in the past.
  • They are open to direction from you.
  • They are reliable.
  • They have a stable work history.
  • You have seen their work ethic and it matches your expectations for other employees.

And it might not be a mutually beneficial opportunity if:

  • This person has a rocky work history.
  • You aren’t on good terms or haven’t been in the recent past.
  • They are known for being unreliable.
  • They are sensitive to criticism from you.
  • You do a gut check and it doesn’t feel like the right decision.
  • You are considering out of obligation rather than desire to work with them.

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