Wednesday, June 25, 2008

How to Loose a Job

I have had many employees, home contractors and job applicants over the the years. I would like to share some of my observations and experiences with them.

EMPLOYEES

PERFECT: She shows up for work on time and dependably, will do anything asked in fact looks for ways to be helpful to me and her coworkers. She recognizes that the company must be profitable in order to be viable and keep her employed and works toward that end. She is pleasant to be around. She will be with me as long as I can keep her.

OKAY: She shows up late occassionally (currently we have a casual flex schedule that works well for us but, in the past, some jobs required a regular schedule), grumbles about what projects she is assigned or complains that somebody else has an easier project, but when all else fails, she does her work fine. I consider her a good employee but guess who is staying if I have to make a choice?

NOT SO MUCH: Complains, not dependable, sloppy work, arguments with coworkers, etc., etc. She's gone as quickly as possible.

CONTRACTOR

Pretty much as above but not under my supervision.

PERFECT: The ideal home worker is dependable, never falls off the map, cares about doing a good job and takes responsibility for the quality of her work. She will also not complain about assignments and makes her self available for whatever needs to be done. I will try my best to keep this person busy and happy.

NOT SO MUCH: The problem home worker pretty much likes the idea of working at home and would like a check but isn't really into the work stuff. She may be unavailable when needed and will be gone ASAP. She makes excuses about missing deadlines and begs more time (because she hasn't managed her time well). You would be amazed at home many of these we have hired, trained, set-up and supported over the years. Turned out I was the one working at their home - not them.

APPLICANTS

PERFECT: Applicant 1 shows up on time, neatly (but casually dressed for us is okay), passes the typing test without a problem, asks about what our needs are and sincerely considers how it fits with her situation. This person is my ideal.

NOT SO MUCH: Applicant 2 may show up late and not call, gives me a headache with her perfume or cigarette smell, may have a child with her that cries and demands while we are trying to talk, can't pass the typing test (hasn't practiced as I always suggest), is unorganized, asks all about what the job will do for her and tells me all about her requirements for a work at home job. Has no idea (nor does she care) about the companies needs to be viable.

Guess who got the job!

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