Many employers offer a bonus to staff members who help find suitable candidates to fill vacancies, paying out large sums if a suitable candidate is found and hired. It’s a great idea when it works — but it can mess up your personal life if it doesn’t.
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An accountant friend of mine recently referred another friend (also an accountant) for a position at the same firm. Friend #2 ultimately decided not to take the job — but by that point friend #1, convinced a sizeable bonus was imminent, had already booked some expensive renovations to his house. The end result? A lot of social awkwardness and unpleasantness.
Even if a friend or relative accepts the job, redefining the boundaries between your existing relationship and workplace etiquette can be tricky. Ever had your own bad experience with job referrals? Tell us (anonymously if need be) in the comments.