HAVE GOOD COMMUNICATION:
As most of us know, in a business and work environment, communication is vital. Especially in a family business; it is absolutely crucial to your success. It’s important to make sure before you start a business with a family member or hire a family member to work for you, that you discuss personal roles and responsibilities, clearly identify what is expected, and make sure that everyone agrees, before you continue. If you take the time to properly do this, you will be able to avoid potential threats down the road.
Most of the time it is hard to be objective when you’re working with family. It’s easy to hurt somebody’s feelings, especially a family member and a common reaction is to get defensive rather than taking the needed time to look at the problem logically. Before you say or do anything, question yourself on whether or not you would handle the situation the same way with a non family member, if the answer is no, it’s best to avoid saying or doing it regardless of the relationship you have. Ask yourself this before you make any decision regarding a family member. The reasoning for this is to train yourself to act more logically when dealing with emotional situations. Make sure that your decision is clear and so is the reasoning behind it, just as you would with a non family member.
GIVE REWARDS BASED OFF WORK, NOT RELATIONSHIPS
Any good owner or manager should reward based off the work that’s been done and the workers performance regardless if they’re a family member or not. If your family member is not qualified for a job, hire somebody who is, hiring a family member could cost you your job. Although it may seem like the right thing to do by giving your family member the job, but if they are not able to fulfill the job at hand, they can do more bad than good when it comes to the success of your business.
ALWAYS STAY UNBIASED
Disputes with your family are made more for your home, and NOT the workplace. If you’re having issues with a family member at work, try working it out outside of the office before it gets out of hand. If this isn’t working, act like you would with a non family member. Depending on the situation you may need to discipline them or ask them to go home for the day. No matter what, you should NEVER engage in the conflict. Taking sides results in you being part of the conflict which makes you an issue as well. This goes for family and non family members. To be an effective manager you have the ability to be fair and rational when running your business.
MAKE TIME OUTSIDE OF THE OFFICE
Believe it or not, focusing mostly on work and not having any free time, especially while working with family members, is bad. Make sure that you take care of your work life and your family relationships. If you aren’t spending enough time with your family try going out to dinner together one night during the week. Make sure that no matter what you do, you’re having fun, and don’t always talk business at home. Take the time for yourself and your family, and as a result, it will be better for your business.
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