Combining family with business can be dicey, but it doesn’t have to be. A few ground rules can help make the workplace a positive environment for everyone:
- Start with a job description. Whether you’re hiring for a new position or already have your relative onboard, you’re best served to create a job description that includes tasks, performance expectations, and how that person’s progress will be measured. There should be no surprises.
- Address concerns. That means voicing them without bringing the family connection and baggage into it. This could mean actually saying, “I’m speaking to you as your boss now and not your brother,” for example.
- Fire when necessary. Sometimes, family employees just don’t work out. If you’ve tried to address the situation to no avail, don’t keep holding on just because the person is blood. Have the much needed talk.