Blood is thicker than water. Friends are the family we choose. The clichés and ultimately, the warnings, go on. Family units are perhaps some of the most complicated hot beds of raw emotion. Legacies passed down from generation to generation can serve as motivating life forces or huge chunks of baggage we carry through life until we hopefully deal with it.
Much of our self-esteem and identity is also wrapped up in our jobs and/or careers and can in turn be a huge source of drive or despair.
What happens when the two worlds have to co-exist? Have to collide in the same space, in the same 8-10 hour day and those personalities are to engage as both relatives and colleagues?
Family Businesses can be some of the toughest work arenas to be employed in whether you share the genetic pool of the owners or are a ‘non relative’ employee. Both can be lonely roles to be in. As someone employed in the business but not related to anyone the risk is the employee can feel unsafe in the order of things and in their ability to really progress upwards.
As a relative within the organization it can also feel unsafe as one may never feel sure that fellow employees hold you truly in regard or just treat and view you as someone to be ‘handled’ given your blood or marriage connection. Friends and true colleagues at work may seem impossible.
On the up side, much like in a real family at home, functional family businesses can be warm environments where talent is nurtured, invested in and rewarded and the ‘family’ is extended.
Here are some tips for those going into Business with Family members how to foster this latter, ideal Family business culture:
The culture of any unit of people drawn together in the same space with common interests, over a large amount of time dictates how we chart zones fraught with emotional challenges. Emotions at work are a grey area, a work-life balance even harder to pin down. But acknowledge these things we must if we want to be happy at work and we want to foster happy employees and therefore satisfied clients. All of this is even more enhanced when businesses are created and/or run by Family members. Hopefully these few tips will help steer you in the right direction and give you ideas as to who to call in when things may go awry.
Feel free to contact me to discuss, debate or just to let me know what you think.
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