Many businesses, both large and small, start out as family affairs. This is often because it is easy to find family members who are willing to work hard, as well as the fact that some business owners find it easier to trust their relatives than any other employees. However, when family members work together not everything is perfect. There are lots of problems that can occur as a result of anger, jealousy or an unprofessional attitude, many problems that don’t typically come about in other businesses. If you want to work side by side with other family members, use the following tips to work effectively and without family issues getting in the way.
Don’t Show Favoritism
It might be easy to favor your family members over other employees, or even show favoritism to just one favorite child or sibling. However, that can cause problems in the workplace. Resentment may rise from person to person and create a hostile work environment. Try to keep the office or workplace very neutral so no one employee feels uncomfortable.
Clear Job Descriptions
Hiring family members with generic job titles can be a problem when some employees begin to slack off but still except payment. Make sure that when you take on family members to work for you that you set clear guidelines for what is expected. Specify what hours are expected, what tasks need to be done by which individual and what kind of days off are permissible.
Regular Salaries and Payment
Many businesses force their family member employees to wait until the company profits to receive wages, or even withhold payments in times of trouble. A typical business would never be allowed to do this and neither should a family run organization. Make sure that you pay each employee at stipulated at the right time each week or month. If the company is unable to continue making those payments, the best choice is simply to let go of some employees. If you have the resources to hire them back in the future, keep that in mind as a possibility.
Many owners have family members who earn paychecks at their business but don’t put forth the required amount of effort. Just because someone is related to you they should still work hard to earn their salaries. If someone is repeatedly late, absent from work or not focused on their daily tasks, speak to them in person and make it clear that the behavior is not tolerated by any employee, whether or not they are a family member.
Keep Family Events Free from Business
When it comes to backyard barbecues, family reunions and birthday celebrations, try to keep work out of the equation. Spend time enjoying the company of your family members and make it clear that you love and respect them outside of the work environment.
By keeping these five important things in mind, it will be easier to work effectively with family members in any kind of business.