Wow-Just-Wow Are CEOs of Startups Destined to Hire Inexperienced Blonde Women as Their First HR Director?
May 14, 2014
From HR Capitalist
The Question: Are (Founders) CEOs of Startups Destined to Hire Inexperienced Blonde Women as Their First HR Director? (not my question by the way- and as someone who has worked in startups for the past 15 years this has not once been the case)
The Answer: Startup Founders/CEOs tend to hire people they can easily manipulate who are often not qualified for the position. This creates a dynamic where the underqualified employee is grateful for the opportunity and will overlook when the CEO asks the employee to do something unethical or illegal. Not just HR but everything from VP of Sales on down the line.
The Problem: As identified on this site often, a company willing to overlook an employee’s EEOC rights indicates the company is far more likely to engage in even greater illegal activity. The carrot dangled is that everyone is the company stands to make a lot of money and any potential lawsuits threaten the salability of the company. It’s important to understand your stock options you know, in case you’ve been asked to do something unethical/ illegal for the Founder or CEO; because, you’ll see you were pathologically lied to again as an employee and will become a victim. People in HR are always accomplices of the Founder/CEO but always end up victims, not unlike most employees.
Startups are not as regulated by the government: Working for several startups it was common knowledge from the Founders/CEO to Director of HR that they were willing to sacrifice the rights of others (used as pawns) until the company sold (and then most before victims) because startups were too small and “under the radar” from the government.