The Difficulty in Hiring Friends & Family

Working alongside friends and family is more common than you may think (perhaps one referred the other, or perhaps you’re part of a joint venture) and these scenarios come with many difficulties. So too does hiring friends and family – i.e. being their boss!

Whoever you are hiring, as difficult as it may be, you need to view them and treat them the same as all other employees (the exact same expectations and guidelines).

However, even with these expectations in place, it will change your relationship; it will be challenging to remain honest whilst assessing them as you will be influenced by your feelings and possibly overlooking major issues that an unbiased hiring manager may believe would make them unfit for your business.

Nonetheless, your new hire needs to behave in the same manner as every other employee and understand that there will be no special privileges. There must also be an understanding that you need to make decisions based on what’s best for your business – whether that results in a promotion or quite the opposite.

Whilst there are a lot of negatives to hiring friends and family, there are also the positives to consider, as these may outweigh the reasons not to hire!

If you already know their strengths and weaknesses then you’ll already have a gut feeling of whether they will fit in with your culture and succeed – listen to this. If you’re unsure about them then this may mean you aren’t sure how they behave in a work setting or perhaps they don’t have the right qualities you are looking for?

At the end of the day, if you are honest about the role & requirements and fair to the rest of your staff, it shouldn’t matter whether your new hire is your child, sibling, aunt, uncle, cousin or BFF.

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