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Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by Okortor: 11:13am On Jun 05
So sorry for your loss, I commiserate with you and your entire family at this trying time and I pray God grant you the fortitude to bear this great loss AMEN. Stay strong brother. The Lord is ur strength.
WalkerMichael:
Nice tips for employers. I love nairaland for life.

Dear NL brothers and sisters, i lost my mother on Monday cry cry such a hard knock on me . I just hope God comforts myself and 3 sisters. I promise to make her proud for life. please help me with your words, I'm really down.
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by Chibudollar: 11:14am On Jun 05
This number is running atm card fraud 09063203018 please call her to say hi . Imagine scamming an old woman of her money
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by tonididdy(m): 11:16am On Jun 05
Robertkenny:

A true life story by Mr. Wilfred

I quit. I’m in Third Mainland and leaving the van with the keys here.

That was the call I received one weekend not long after launching my first business. To the bitterness situation, the van referenced was full of valuable merchandise, and I was 9 hours away in Enugu state.

And so started my long history of terrible hires.
Some background. I had started a business with a partner, and we were already stretched to the limit with time, money and stress. The van in question was in route to Lagos to deliver merchandise to new clients and needless to say, it never made it to the clients.

Immediately after receiving the call, I drove with my business partner overnight to Lagos Island to retrieve the van. Of course, like very entrepreneurial story, this one was more complicated. The delivery driver who abandoned our van and the merchandise was actually on his third task with our company. Yes, third.

When the driver originally applied for the position, he was a well-spoken, ambitious and genuinely seemed enthusiastic to join our smooth startup team. The first time we hired him, however, he did not show up for his first day, though he did call later and had a reasonably good excuse for missing. He demonstrated remorse and continued to express enthusiasm to be part of our team, so I gave him another chance.

Fool me once, shame on me. When his first day again came, he again never showed up. And again he called and had a seemingly valid reason for not coming. He begged for one more opportunity, and although I declined originally, but he was persistent. Again everything I knew had been taught, I gave him another chance.

Fool me twice, shame on me. This third time, he did show up for his first day and after a couple of months on the job and getting to know our operation, he seemed reliable. We then decided to give him the van keys to make the 9 hours trip to Lagos, meet with clients and deliver merchandise. He left and the next day, he called to tell us he quit.

Fool me thrice, shame on me you would say. Well what I remembered most about this incident were the debates between me and my business partner. Who from the start disagree with hiring this driver and certainly disagreed with giving him two more chances. It was a long quiet drive together down to Lagos and I left any remaining pride I had at home, because it will be sad to argue with my partner knowing fully well I was wrong from day one.

While everything turned out fine, we recovered the van with the merchandise intact and paid some Lagos hoodlums (Agbero) before our clients even knew anything was amiss.

Looking back on this delivery driver Mr. Tosan, I remember also having a bad feeling about him from the start, and certainly after not showing up the first time. My pride and desire to be right however got in the way of the rational decision to move on.

Today, I go more with gut feeling and will be the first person to admit when I am wrong.

What do you think about hiring? Please share your hiring story.

Hiring is suppose to be a thing of joy, pride and satisfaction knowing you are helping someone, pay maybe small but knowing you are responsible for part of his living is a beauty.

But lately, the reverse is the case esp in small startups, it's a case of everyday fear and anxiety not knowing if that's staff is just gonna throw in the towel today, tomorrow or when.

... Long story short, you want to start small, you have to do everything your self until business is rock solid otherwise hiring will teach you a big lesson

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Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by armadeo(m): 11:22am On Jun 05
Lush100:
I hope u there are not people here that hire experienced hands only to offer them jjc salary.
Be sure you will not get the best.
Or u may get the worst kind of behavior.

The rule is hire an experience hands,
Pay him for his experience level and tell him what to expect.

If u short-change an experienced hand,

You are indirectly telling him to look a way to buffer the pay by himself,
And be rest assured , he will do just that no matter the ethical or moral inclination he/she once had.

Good luck.

NB.

We do this alot in Nigeria & that why we do not make the kind of progress we ought to.

I have seen where they will hire experience hand , pay the guy crap salary and put him under a jjc.

Cc offpoint1

Why would an experienced hand collect a crap salary in the first place?
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by armadeo(m): 11:23am On Jun 05
Angelawhite:
As a fresh graduate, I opened a car wash with all my savings. I employed 5 people. When I left for my NYSC, I entrusted the running of the business with a seemingly responsible, elderly man.

I usually visited home from time to time and check on my business. Everything seemed fine until I started my Masters degree program immediately after my service.

I received an anonymous call that my Manager had opened a new car wash business literally right after my own and that some priests were there to bless and commission it. I couldn’t believe my ears.

I called my Manager who boldly admitted and there and then, I sacked him.

After the dismissal, he started calling my customers and trying to win them over

at least look for a suitable partner to manage the place for a share in the profits which they would eventually start cheating you.

Such businesses cannot be objectively run in your absence.

If you aren't there daily they'll kill it for you.

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Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by Lush100(m): 11:24am On Jun 05
armadeo:


Why would an experienced hand collect a crap salary in the first place?
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A promise to rise
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by Codes151(m): 11:25am On Jun 05
Pay people well.
Any one will act the same way if you don't
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by armadeo(m): 11:32am On Jun 05
Lush100:
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A promise to rise
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Lol. Rise to where? Promise from who? Lol.

If you earn 100k and your peers earn that , don't ever collect 95k on a promise to rise.
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by Lush100(m): 11:39am On Jun 05
armadeo:
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Lol. Rise to where? Promise from who? Lol.

If you earn 100k and your peers earn that , don't ever collect 95k on a promise to rise.
.

Go to the Nigerian employment spaces and see what's happening all over.
Life is not in black and white.

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Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by LagbajaTheBEREAN: 11:45am On Jun 05
Kudos to OP, but gut-feelings could still be wrong, it's never a foolproof method...
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by Aguogba(m): 11:51am On Jun 05
WalkerMichael:
Nice tips for employers. I love nairaland for life.

Dear NL brothers and sisters, i lost my mother on Monday cry cry such a hard knock on me . I just hope God comforts myself and 3 sisters. I promise to make her proud for life. please help me with your words, I'm really down.
Just be a good and successful person so that people will always commend the person you turned out to become thereby honouring your late mum and your father as well. May the soul of your mum find eternal rest,Amen.
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by ogub(m): 11:54am On Jun 05
WalkerMichael:
Nice tips for employers. I love nairaland for life.

Dear NL brothers and sisters, i lost my mother on Monday cry cry such a hard knock on me . I just hope God comforts myself and 3 sisters. I promise to make her proud for life. please help me with your words, I'm really down.
comfort from the holy spirit be upon you and the family. Amen
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by frog12: 11:55am On Jun 05
after MISSING second time, you shouldn't have giving him another CHANCE.

that was a BAD SIGN !
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by frog12: 11:59am On Jun 05
BUT he did not steal your money to open his car wash??

Angelawhite:
As a fresh graduate, I opened a car wash with all my savings. I employed 5 people. When I left for my NYSC, I entrusted the running of the business with a seemingly responsible, elderly man.

I usually visited home from time to time and check on my business. Everything seemed fine until I started my Masters degree program immediately after my service.

I received an anonymous call that my Manager had opened a new car wash business literally right after my own and that some priests were there to bless and commission it. I couldn’t believe my ears.

I called my Manager who boldly admitted and there and then, I sacked him.

After the dismissal, he started calling my customers and trying to win them over
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by Angelawhite(m): 12:46pm On Jun 05
armadeo:


at least look for a suitable partner to manage the place for a share in the profits which they would eventually start cheating you.

Such businesses cannot be objectively run in your absence.

If you aren't there daily they'll kill it for you.

That’s the sad reality
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by Arkmanbuddy(m): 12:49pm On Jun 05
WalkerMichael:
Nice tips for employers. I love nairaland for life.

Dear NL brothers and sisters, i lost my mother on Monday cry cry such a hard knock on me . I just hope God comforts myself and 3 sisters. I promise to make her proud for life. please help me with your words, I'm really down.


May the Almighty God grant you and your sisters the fortitude to bear the loss.
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by armadeo(m): 1:12pm On Jun 05
Lush100:
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Go to the Nigerian employment spaces and see what's happening all over.
Life is not in black and white.

This is another point entirely.

From this point of view its survival not experience again. When the sellers are more than the buyers goods have to become cheap.

You cannot therefore blame an employer for applying market tactics to the Labour Market. Capitalism is all about profit.


That aside.. depends also on experience, despite the employment crunch I know peeps that are being chased with offers.

One guy was offered 230k almost 80k more than his current salary. he resigned, worked 2 months in the new place and after his second salary he was told his new pay would be 80k.

He resigned on the spot and was working again for 170 by the end of the month another new place.

So the trend also matters. Demand and supply.

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Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by armadeo(m): 1:13pm On Jun 05
frog12:
BUT he did not steal your money to open his car wash??



Na you be the elderly guy so.....
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by Venlony: 1:23pm On Jun 05
WalkerMichael:
Nice tips for employers. I love nairaland for life.

Dear NL brothers and sisters, i lost my mother on Monday cry cry such a hard knock on me . I just hope God comforts myself and 3 sisters. I promise to make her proud for life. please help me with your words, I'm really down.
The lord will
sustain and comfort you Sir .
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by PROPEACE: 2:06pm On Jun 05
WalkerMichael:
Nice tips for employers. I love nairaland for life.

Dear NL brothers and sisters, i lost my mother on Monday cry cry such a hard knock on me . I just hope God comforts myself and 3 sisters. I promise to make her proud for life. please help me with your words, I'm really down.
So sorry to hear that. I wish you comfort in this difficult time. We are bound to lose loved ones at some point in life. Focus on your dreams and always aspire to make mummy proud. Be a pillar to your sisters in this tough times. May God keep you bro.
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by BENARI: 2:06pm On Jun 05
WalkerMichael:
Nice tips for employers. I love nairaland for life.

Dear NL brothers and sisters, i lost my mother on Monday cry cry such a hard knock on me . I just hope God comforts myself and 3 sisters. I promise to make her proud for life. please help me with your words, I'm really down.

Sorry about the loss of your beloved mother. No words can assuage your grief, but be assured you're not alone. We care and will remember you in our prayers. I commend you for reaching out to us; very commendable.

I'll love for you to search for near death experiences videos on youtube(at least YouTube has not been banned, lol). Watch as many as you can on the subject. The experiences can help you deal with your grief irrespective of your religious inclinations. Its my hope that it does.
Personally, I believe your mum is in a way better place. She's not dead, it's the body she inhabited that died. She lives on, and so will everyone of us.

Please be comforted; you and your siblings.
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by TheVictorious(m): 2:08pm On Jun 05
Angelawhite:
As a fresh graduate, I opened a car wash with all my savings. I employed 5 people. When I left for my NYSC, I entrusted the running of the business with a seemingly responsible, elderly man.

I usually visited home from time to time and check on my business. Everything seemed fine until I started my Masters degree program immediately after my service.

I received an anonymous call that my Manager had opened a new car wash business literally right after my own and that some priests were there to bless and commission it. I couldn’t believe my ears.

I called my Manager who boldly admitted and there and then, I sacked him.

After the dismissal, he started calling my customers and trying to win them over

How did you nnow manage this and how did it eventually turn out?

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Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by PROPEACE: 2:21pm On Jun 05
laplace12:


I have added no.6 to that list.

Your boss has no efficient means of recruitment. For a every good employee, there are 1000 better ones out there.

That is the reason big cooperations can stay decades, massively changing staff and still keep doing well. There is always a replacement for everyone, the challenge is in finding that replacement with ease.
Big corporations don't hire and fire indiscriminately. One lesson I learnt in Facility Management frequent replcement of employees has cost implications on the company. It may not be noticeable but it is there.

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Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by asobo1: 2:43pm On Jun 05
WalkerMichael:
Nice tips for employers. I love nairaland for life.

Dear NL brothers and sisters, i lost my mother on Monday cry cry such a hard knock on me . I just hope God comforts myself and 3 sisters. I promise to make her proud for life. please help me with your words, I'm really down.
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. May God grant you and your siblings the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. cry cry
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by bepositive11: 3:25pm On Jun 05
WalkerMichael:
Nice tips for employers. I love nairaland for life.

Dear NL brothers and sisters, i lost my mother on Monday cry cry such a hard knock on me . I just hope God comforts myself and 3 sisters. I promise to make her proud for life. please help me with your words, I'm really down.

You've posted this a lot. Create a new thread.

My deepest sympathy

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Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by ebullient19(f): 3:33pm On Jun 05
Accept my condolences
WalkerMichael:
Nice tips for employers. I love nairaland for life.

Dear NL brothers and sisters, i lost my mother on Monday cry cry such a hard knock on me . I just hope God comforts myself and 3 sisters. I promise to make her proud for life. please help me with your words, I'm really down.
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by ebullient19(f): 3:35pm On Jun 05
Great tips

I need a customer care job dear nairalanders. I really don't mind relocating
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by eveninnewspaper: 4:38pm On Jun 05
WalkerMichael:
Nice tips for employers. I love nairaland for life.

Dear NL brothers and sisters, i lost my mother on Monday cry cry such a hard knock on me . I just hope God comforts myself and 3 sisters. I promise to make her proud for life. please help me with your words, I'm really down.
God be with you all- Amen
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by Angelawhite(m): 4:41pm On Jun 05
TheVictorious:


How did you nnow manage this and how did it eventually turn out?

So it’s now based on a flat income. The new manager pays a certain amount monthly
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by Gfskw: 4:48pm On Jun 05
Really
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by Heathrow44: 6:52pm On Jun 05
WalkerMichael:
Nice tips for employers. I love nairaland for life.

Dear NL brothers and sisters, i lost my mother on Monday cry cry such a hard knock on me . I just hope God comforts myself and 3 sisters. I promise to make her proud for life. please help me with your words, I'm really down.



Its hell! When they talk of Hell, Losing a parent is hell
Re: What One Employee Taught Me About Hiring by donephi(m): 6:53pm On Jun 05
This is really educating. However, competence over familiarity any day any time. Business can only be managed by competent individuals

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