If an online or offline business starts to do well the next step would be hiring someone to help oversee the day to day operations. This will allow you more time to focus on other aspects of your business like increasing customer base or landing a new client.
Often times, a small business or individual business owner will hire a family member to help out and sometimes things work out. Other times it can end up being a total disaster.
They saying goes never do business with family. And while in some cases that might be true, if there is open communication about what’s expected there should not be any problems.
If the thought has crossed your mind about hiring a family member, here are some tips to make working with family a win-win for everyone involved and keep the peace within the fam and a happy, productive working environment.
Establish Rules and Regulations
The first thing you want to do is set expectations about the job and what you expect from them as an employee.
Discuss your policies about performance, responsibilities, attendance and pay rate just as you would with any other employee.
Leave Business At The Work Place and Home Probs At Home
Keep business related issues out of family gatherings and keep the family issues out of the workplace. This is an important rule of thumb because issues at work such as arriving late or problems in the family like marital problems can create problems in the workplace and negative tension at family gatherings.
Know Your Role At Home and At Work
It’s important to keep business matters out of family time. Many family quarrels begin with this example; let’s say your sister-in-law is your assistant at work. That doesn’t mean she’s your assistant at home.
If you treat your relative as an employee outside the workplace it can create problems in your relationship at home, so keep the peace by separating work and family life.
Don’t Play Favorites
The quickest way to lose employee loyalty is if you start to play favorites. Be fair when it comes to assigning responsibilities. Make sure it’s based on performance and not relation.
Give everyone the kudos they deserve and take action as you would any other employee when it comes to issues like excessive tardies or absenteeism.
Open Door Policy
It’s only natural if you have a relative working with you he or she may feel they can sit in your office for a chat at any time. This can cause animosity at work between coworkers.
It’s best if you discuss with your relative/employee that while you enjoy the small talk, there is a time and place for that. But if you extend your open door policy it should be for all employees.
Keep Proprietary Info Proprietary
If there are things you aren’t sharing with non-related employees, don’t share them with your related employee. This can cause tension between the coworkers and can affect productivity.
One Last Tip
I’m sure everyone will agree having to terminate a relative has to be the most difficult thing to do and resentment from that relative is inevitable.
Put everything in writing and keep files of all documents and discussions so there are no misunderstandings.
I’d Like To Hear From You
I’m curious to read your thoughts about working with relatives. Would you hire a relative to work for you? And if you have, I would love to know how that worked out. There’s a comments section below this post to dish away!
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