Post by b***@MIX.COM
To dive even deeper into off-charter stuff, Viacom also insists on
That's typical cover-yer-ass stuff. I've hired folks for a software
company, for food/beverage, and also telephone operators for my call center
business. The latter two careers can attract ne'er do wells and people who,
as I like to say, live "close to the ground".
I had a breakfast cook who was a speed freak. He could literally do the
work of two people. I made it very clear to him that I expected him to be
on his honor and do not do ANY drugs within 4 hours of duty or else I'd
bounce his ass out of there. I once had the Portland police phone me,
"We've got Michael; he was running naked down Burnside. Should we deliver
him or do you want to come pick him up?" Well, Michael was off-duty. I
picked him up, wrapped a blanket around him and adminonished him that I had
no problem with his running around naked on his off-hours but please don't
do it near the restaurant because it would reflect badly on the restaurant.
Otherwise no problem. Anyhow, you get the idea. But because I was level
with Michael and treated him directly and honestly, I had no problem with
him. He was one of our best workers, always showed up on time, and never
stole anything from us.
It's fairly easy (for me anyway) to tell from a resume and a conversation
whether the person will work out or not. If they have a passion about their
work, they'll do it or something related to it on their off-hours. (Michael
was a volunteer cook with a homeless shelter.) When I see someone with a
puffed-up resume, or someone who is just "too" polite, I give pause.
There's something amiss there.
HR departments exist to say no. Why hire a staff whose job it is to say no?
Well, because there are hundreds/thousands of people applying for jobs.
Well, don't advertise far and wide and you won't get all the scatter-shot
applicants. In fact, don't say anything about employment on your website
and don't run help wanted ads. Let the potential employees seek you out.
And rely on word of mouth from existing employees. In the industries I've
been in it's worked nicely.
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