Friendships and work don’t mix, say HR professionals

Three
out of four HR professionals say they would not employ a friend to work for
them directly due to the difficulties of objective management.

The
research, by online jobsite Fish4jobs, finds that the problems of employing a
friend outweighs the advantages.

Almost
two-thirds of the 200 HR respondents surveyed believe it is more difficult to
maintain a professional relationship. 86 per cent think it would be awkward to highlight
the sub-standard work of a friend.

Guidelines
for the employment of friends exist only in 4 per cent of organisations, with 1
per cent of employers in the process of developing guidelines. 

Six
out of ten respondents claim that Transport Secretary Steven Byers treatment of
spin doctor Jo Moore is an example of judgement impaired by friendship.

By Paul Nelson

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