No, not like anchors away....
Hiring a new employee away from another business... when you know the business owner.
People in my circle have a mixture of responses to these questions. Small business owners who have fought hard to learn to hire good people lean a bit more to the "unethical" side. People who have been laid off
on the whim of a major corporate restructuring (or who watched their
jobs go to India) think more along the lines of "every man for himself"
and are less inclined to give weight to loyalty to an employer.
David Novak, in The Education of an Accidental CEO, says he never understood the impact of leaving a former manager in the lurch until one of his direct reports left on short notice. He's CEO of
Yum! Brands, formerly at Pepsico, and before that Pizza Hut. One might
think those companies would have invested in succession planning.
Not hiring anyone who's currently working for anyone you know is a tight limit to put on your business, especially in a not-so-big town. (It's actually not very much different from not hiring anyone who
doesn't currently have a job.)
The situation may never arise. If it does, however, giving a little thought ahead of time will make the after-effects smaller.
On the theory that hiring is just like marketing, only harder:
What are you doing to keep the employees you have? Let me know in the comments! thx