August 18, 2009

Wise Hire

Written by Boyd Bailey

Wise Hire… “Like an archer who wounds at random is he who hires a fool or any passer-by.” Proverbs 26:10

Be careful whom you hire. Can you afford them? Do they have a history of success in what you need them to do? Is the timing right? It is much better to take extra time and talk with past employers and work associates, than to get in a rush and later regret bringing the new person on board. Will adding this person to the team lift the whole to higher levels of productivity? The new hire is to exceed their expense with results. An individual is saved by grace, but they keep their job by performance.

Be wise and not just hire a nice person that needs a job. There is a stewardship responsibility to make sure a new team member is set up for success. In fact, friendship may be an obstacle, because the new employee may have an expectation of entitlement. Make sure there is clear communication around office hours, outcomes and the consequences of not getting the right results. Indeed, wise hires take time and testing.

Character is a major consideration. Someone may be skilled in sales, but sloppy with the truth. Do you really want an untrustworthy individual representing you and your business or ministry? If a team member blurs the lines of integrity just to close a deal, you can also expect internal compromise within the company. Hire men and women who, like Job, will not compromise their integrity, “I will not deny my integrity” (Job 27:5b).

Wise hires are like adding a new family member. Is this someone I can live with day in and day out? Do I enjoy their company? Will they extend grace, humility and respect in conversation? Wise hires have a heart for service and the success of others. “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4). Will I be patient and just hire those who, like Jesus, serve without being ask?

Related Readings: 1 Chronicles 29:17; Nehemiah 7:2; Matthew 22:16; 1 Timothy 6:1-2

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