Thursday, September 6, 2007

The Problem With Employees

Is there a bigger x-factor in the world of small business than the employee? I mean happy, hard-working, loyal, enthusiastic employees are hard to come by and when you've got one; you should do everything in your power to keep them because chances are you're going to find far fewer of them than you will the ones that can be considered "expendable."

Since our inception almost 4 years ago, two employees have quit. Before yesterday, that total was one. (And the first guy that quit rejoined us soon after learning that the grass was browner on the other side. So I guess you could really say we lost our first one yesterday, in a sense.)

Several have been fired (mostly by me) and those were just bad hires to begin with. Sometimes you have to take chances on people...especially in an industry with a relatively small pool of talent.

But this one has been tough for me to deal with because it came down to money. Simply put, there were two conflicting perceptions of the value this employee brought to us: his and ours. He wanted more cash, we didn't think his experience or quality of work demanded he bailed. And to be honest, it sucks.

I'm pissed-off, bitter, and sad all at once because I liked this kid. And now I have to put more shit on hold until we find a replacement and that makes me very grouchy at this point. Damn.

So what's the point of this post? I'm not sure, it was just something on my mind, I guess.

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