Last Updated Jun 3, 2009 5:28 PM EDT
That was the question posed to recruiter Jason Pankow. Writing on Fistful of Talent about this workhorse who never shows up, Pankow explains:
The reason this guy is still around is that, when he is working, he's a freakin' machine! He may not be at his desk, but he's putting in the hours. Much like me in college, he's often online at midnight or 2 in the morning. He's still putting in 50+ hours per week. And, the work he cranks out is great. He's found and fixed problems that could be major. He's stepped up to work on new challenges facing the team and had great success. In general, he's impressed a lot of people with his raw talent and abilities.But when he flakes on meetings, it has a negative impact on everyone around him. What's the solution?
Pankow recommends a two-pronged approach if they're thinking of hiring him:
- Outline for the contractor the company culture and what it expects from employees. Is face time important, or is just turning in the work enough? Does the company value collaboration or the lone-wolf approach? Make it clear what your expectations would be.
- Set expectations for what will define success. As a contractor, turning in stellar work may be enough; as an employee, it won't be. Success in this role is defined also by being a rock-star teammate who helps the team become better as a whole.
(image by Stephen Edmonds via Flickr, CC 2.0)