So, recently I did a quick online search for freelancing jobs to see what was out there. I belong to business owner groups who reference posting jobs on these platforms all the time, so I wanted to make sure I was staying abreast of any information/outlets for my clients. I can’t say I was surprised by what I saw, but what I did see made me want to be sick. It’s gonna get ugly. Some of you folks
should be hiring for servants not employees. need to learn how to run businesses like professionals.
It is one thing to want a qualified candidate to fill a role for you. It’s another to have your expectations spanning a huge breadth of skill-sets and your rate of pay for this candidate not be anywhere close to those expectations. Don’t give me the “it’s tough out there”, “we can’t find good people”, or “it ain’t cheap running a business”.
This is a systematic problem in the business community. “The job is only worth $____”. But it isn’t. Technology allows you to influence the job function in such a way that employees have the capacity to do more than ever before for organizations and often, do. Add on to the fact that the candidate in question also has to navigate a company culture that expects or worse – requires being available and creatively engaged for extended hours, holidays, weekends, with limited resources or guidance from leadership with countless justifiable benchmarks for their activity to the organization including navigating working with other humans who may not be a right fit/team player.
It’s a mindset issue. These expectations stem from (but aren’t limited to):
- This is the way it’s always been done.
- Inability to trust that the candidate truly wants to work with/for the organization.
- Scarcity – Not having enough resources.
- Lack of understanding of social and economical situations outside of organization.
Please stop building companies that don’t have any real desire to be in a profitable working relationship with people.