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It’s All in the Family
This is not a revisit of the old Archie Bunker show from the 1970s. However, it is a look at how business intersects with family life.
Years ago it was considered politically incorrect to keep pictures of your spouse or children on your desk. The photos, it was said, implied that your family was possibly more important to you than your work. Employees with family photos on their desks might be considered not as committed to the company as others. In most organizations that thinking is “old school.” We know now that family has a significant impact on what we do and decisions we make. Acknowledge it for your employees and yourself. If you coordinate your own family issues with your business, chances are you will run a more family-friendly and effective company.
Since I specialize in working with family businesses, I know how critical family relationships are in business. Family members who work together have specific issues to deal with and additional complexities. You may think that since you don’t work in a family business, family plays no role in your work life. Well, I disagree; family does play a role in your business.
As business owners, workplace decisions are often influenced by family obligations. For example, meetings are not typically scheduled during children’s sporting events. Early evening appointments are rescheduled when they fall on parent nights at school or during an award ceremony honoring a family member. Executives have parents who need them present at appointments and during crises. Most people would not think of relocating their business without talking it over with their families. Many couples have dual careers so that company travel and major moves must be coordinated.
Here are five tips I provide to my clients to help them integrate family and business needs:
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