Beware the Buddy System at Work

first_imgTread Carefully When Hiring FriendsMany start-up entrepreneurs hire friends to help get their companies off the ground. While this has long been seen as taboo in traditional workplaces, Jared Mendelewicz suggests that hiring friends can work if you are careful. In a recent Young Entrepreneur blog, Mendelewicz explains a few of the factors to consider when hiring a friend:You are biased. Accept this fact so that you can look at the qualifications and performance of your friend with some measure of accuracy.Immature friends will not take discipline well. This can ruin the work relationship. So be aware of maturity levels from the start.Friends as employees WILL cause issues at work. Favoritism, discipline, and the ability to take criticism, all factor into this fragile relationship.Mendelewicz writes that despite these issues, you should hire friends. Understanding the possible conflicts and risks ahead of time will help you to better manage these issues as they arise.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img

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