Saturday, April 26, 2014

Be careful in hiring.

"Like an archer who wounds everyone is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard." (Proverbs 26:10 ESV).

Someone once said, "Marry in haste, repent at leisure."  This could easily be adapted to hiring employees: "Hire in haste, repent at leisure."

If you make someone an archer who doesn't care about who he wounds, he might kill your own people or innocents as well as the enemy. Skill in shooting is not enough. The competence in shooting must be matched with the character and judgment to do what is right. PASSING implies that the hirer did not take the time to learn the character of the one he hired. He just hopes he isn't hiring a fool or a drunkard. An employer must be careful in hiring. The customer typically equates the character of the employer with that of the employee. If the customer trusts the employer, they may also trust the employee. If that trust is broken, whether by a breakdown of competence or character, then the customer will ascribe that defect/offense to the employer who did the hiring. Take time to examine competence and character before hiring and monitor them as time goes on to make sure problems don't arise. If you realize that you have hired "an archer who wounds everyone," act quickly and decisively.
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