May 18; A Trusted Advisor With A Tested Recommendation;
MANAGEMENT BY THE BOOK:
365 Daily Bible Verse &
One-Minute Management Lessons For The Busy Faithful

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Chapter Five: Hiring; 18 May

She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder and said,

‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too.’

So I drank, and she watered the camels also.

Genesis 24:46

A Trusted Advisor With A Tested Recommendation

Good Work

“You mean the bald headed, tubby guy with buck teeth?” Early one morning I was looking for Chuck, the sales manager. The new secretary from the temporary help agency was describing him accurately, if not candidly.

She didn’t know who he was — or the power he had.

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As in any office environment, the walls have ears and word quickly got back to Chuck. We all had a good laugh. ha ha ha Chuck chuckled along. He was an easygoing kind of guy. What can be funnier than a person’s weight gain, hair loss and dental work? Even if you didn’t know he was the boss?

She was gone by the afternoon.

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There are a number of methods to evaluate candidates for a job position. One of my favorites is to hire the talent from a temporary agency that can provide trained staff for any position. The agencies often would charge about a 30% premium over the same skill set as compared to a permanent position.

But the agency would handle the human resource challenges and we could terminate the temporary without fear of a wrongful discharge lawsuit. Managers know that this frees up a lot of mental space—most managers will get sued on the job at some point in a career.

If the temporary person demonstrates a fit on character and competence then a change permanent status might be possible. The temp to perm reduces risk and uncertainly using a trial period.

The employee can be evaluated to hire or fire. Does the employee have integrity and a desirable work ethic?

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The Genesis story of the search for a wife for Isaac the son of Abraham gives us guidance in evaluating permanent positions.

Abraham dispatched his oldest servant Eleazar, as a senior agent to find a helpmeet. The trusted negotiator used two criteria to narrow the wife search. The position of ‘wife’ as a lifetime appointment should be as studied as any hire. Eleazar didn’t use irrational emotion as many managers do who fall in love with a particular job applicant during the interview process.

Eleazar was logical. Isaac’s helpmeet should be,

a) virtuous and,

b) industrious.

The ideal wife candidate should have a noble character and a track record above reproach. And be a hard worker. Eleazar devised a simple test on who would get the job.

He would meet a woman at the well (no, no—not that woman*) who would volunteer to water his 10 camels. This was back breaking women’s work.

The Head Servant rested comfortably in the shade with the other men, I would guess, and completed her application form. An offer was accepted and the deal was closed as Eleazar and his troop visited Rebecca and learned of her family and character.

She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too.’ So I drank, and she watered the camels also. Genesis 24:46.

Virtue and Industry. This is the advice that Your Business Professor gives to a man in search of a wife. But it also can be helpful in making all kinds of matches.

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* That Woman: John 4:18a, The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband…

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