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Finders Fee

Dear Dave
An area engineering firm I know has a practice of paying a finders fee of $100 to any employee who brings a job lead to the attention of the company. The fee is paid whether the firm eventual gets the job or not. The intention is get everybody at the firm to keep their eyes and ears open for new work. Is this a good thing to do?

Dear RE
How sad. It sure seems we’ve missed the boat somewhere along the line when we feel we must now directly reward people for what should be almost instinctual behavior ensuring their own job security. Call me an idealist, but I’d much rather firms spend the dollars instead to educate their staff about the basic economic facts of firm life.

Wahby and Associates