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Pros & Cons of Hiring Your Friend at Work

Posted on March 10, 2015
Debra KabalkinWritten by Debra Kabalkin | Email author

Pros and Cons of Hiring Your FriendYou have an open position at your company and your friend (or relative) approaches you about the job; should you hire them? As a manager you need to decide if the pros and cons of having your personal and professional life mix is something worth risking. There are a couple of things you need to consider before you decide to hire a good friend of yours.

First, you need to remember that regardless of how close you are with your friend, hiring them may change the friendship. If you hire your friend and they end up not working out, it could reflect poorly on you with supervisors and co-workers, which could impact how you feel about your friend. There are pros and cons to consider when making the decision with the most obvious advantage being the benefit of working with someone who you know and like well.

Pros of Hiring Friends:

  • You know they are trustworthy
  • You know their strengths and weaknesses
  • You know they are loyal
  • You will have someone around at work who you enjoy spending time with

Cons of Hiring a Friend:

  • They could take advantage of the friendship and not work as hard as you would like
  • Other employees may assume friends are being shown favoritism even if they aren’t
  • Disciplining a friend is difficult as they may not take you seriously
  • Problems at work may carry out of the office and vice versa

If you decide to hire a friend be sure and set a few rules in advance so there is a clear understanding of your expectations. These rules include: always act professional in the work place, while at work make sure your friend knows that you are the supervisor and not just friends, and if you feel like things aren’t working talk about what you are feeling; don’t let things fester.

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