Family Matters  
Is Hiring Relatives Right for Your Company?  
b y P a u l B i e b e r  
lems. The upside of a relative’s success  
far outweighs the potential pitfalls. A  
family member will care more about  
your business, will be proud to be part  
Nepotism. (nep’o-tizm): Favoritism shown to  
relatives, especially in securing jobs.  
Source: Webster’s Dictionary of your company and will work hard  
to prove that they deserve the oppor-  
tunity. They’ll earn promotions at a  
Have this same conversation with all faster rate than others simply because  
ow that you know the definition,  
is nepotism a good choice for family members hired: they get no spe- they see a long-term career, where oth-  
your company? Do you hire your cial job rules or favors. If they work in ers may only see a job.  
nephew even though he is lazy? Do you a specific department, that supervisor  
not hire your cousin, even though he is is their boss. No end-arounds are al- you, describing problems they see and  
smart and knows the glass industry? lowed.Make sure the supervisor knows offering solutions from the working  
Many companies have a no-nepo- who they are, and trust him/her to do a point-of-view. They won’t want to dis-  
They’ll also be more forthright with  
tism clause in their handbook so they good job at teaching the new hire.  
aren’t stuck hiring Uncle Bill’s stepson.  
They simply point to the employee  
appoint you.  
For another perspective, what about  
relatives of current employees? Sam  
is a good worker. Does that mean his  
brother, Dave, will be, too? Odds are  
yes,he will be.I actually went out of the  
way to hire relatives of good workers  
when I was running a company. Work  
ethics are taught at home and they do  
run throughout families.  
manual. It’s an easy way out. Also, it’s  
the chicken’s way out.What about your  
own children? Can you hire them? Will  
Uncle Bill mention this to you at the  
The upside of a  
relative’s success  
next family picnic?  
far outweighs the  
Heres My Advice  
When I help companies write or  
update their employee manuals, I rec-  
potential pitfalls.  
Here’s another thing to think about:  
what if two good employees meet at  
your company and get married? If you  
ommend not having a no-nepotism For Better, For Worse  
clause.In fact,I encourage them to hire  
There can also be a downside of hir- have a no-nepotism rule, that would  
family, provided the applicant is suited ing your relatives. This can happen if force one to leave you. If it works out,  
to the job. This is something you’ll find things don’t work out. It’s tough to fire though, just make sure one doesn’t su-  
out just as you would for any other ap- someone you’ll run into at a family pervise the other.  
plicant. If you’re large enough to have wedding next month. Understand that  
All in all, I know it’s a good idea to  
a hiring manager or a personnel office, issues can occur and be upfront about hire family. n  
let them do their normal job and make them.Other employees will resent  
a recommendation to you. Let the in- them,some will try to take advan-  
terviewer know the situation so there tage of them, and customers and  
P a u l B i e b e r has 41  
years’ experience in the glass  
industry, with C.R. Laurence  
and as executive vice president  
of Floral Glass in New York. He  
aren’t any surprises during the process. vendors will try to use the con-  
Other than that,don’t get involved until nection to their advantage. If you  
the end.  
do have to let someone go, watch  
Let your own son or daughter go for competitors who will try and  
through the routine so they see what it scoop them up—if only for a  
takes to work at your company. Admit- short period of time—in hopes  
tedly, you’ll hire them anyway and then of getting information about you.  
is now the principal of Bieber  
Consulting Group LLC and can be reached  
at Read his blog on  
Tuesdays at  
work extra hard in being a good mentor.  
That’s enough about the prob-  
USGlass, Metal & Glazing | August 2017  

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