Why Hiring Family Members Can Be Advantageous
Hiring family members can be a delicate process and a decision you must weigh very carefully, but the rewards often outweigh the potential downfalls. It can be a great way to spend more time together and acquire workers who care genuinely about you and your growing business. After all, who can you trust if not your family? You’ll need to be careful that power dynamics don’t get in the way of your working relationship, but a level headed conversation and continued communication can make working with family members incredibly beneficial in the long run! As the boss it will be your job to navigate the delicate waters of working closely with your family so it’s important to be prepared so your working and home life can flourish as much as possible!
Problems To Watch Out For And Address EarlyYour exact relation to the family member will be important when assessing how best to work with them and what troubles you may stumble into along the way. If it is a close and older relative like your parents or uncles or even and older sibling, they may act like they know more than you do because of their age. It’s important to discuss with them that in the workplace you are the boss and that they’ll have to trust and respect your decisions when working for you. Younger siblings or cousins or nieces will be less likely to create a power struggle with you in the workplace, but also may not have had the responsibilities of a real job before. Take extra time and care to train them and let them know exactly what you expect out of them when giving a new task. Be sure to accord them the same respect you would any new employee, but also make it clear you won’t be lenient with them just because they are family. If anything, they should be expected to perform to a higher standard, and often do regardless because they care about your business. Try to avoid the trap of mixing struggles at work with struggles at home and encourage your family member to do the same. You don’t want to fighting about work related problems over dinner or the next family reunion.
Motivation Is Important And ValuedIt’s hard to find employees who value your business as much as you do, or even a little bit at all. Motivated employees are quite rare, and often family are the most motivated and committed workers you will find. They care about your business succeeding more than the average Joe as it impacts your life and theirs outside of just the job. It matters to you, and therefore to them. Family members are way more motivated to go the extra mile for you and make sure your business if functioning at it’s best. They won’t expect anything either, they are simply happy to help and put in the extra effort for you all to succeed. Motivation is often lacking in employees and can mean a lot of wasted hours on the clock that they’re spending listlessly staring into space or surfing on the internet instead of maximizing work effort. One motivated employees is worth a dozen non motivated ones and costs a hell of a lot less. Hiring family members is a much better guarantee you will get a motivated worker rather than someone wasting your time and theirs.
Long Term Reasons To Keep It In The Family
If you own your business and find yourself getting on in years, it can be good to bring the next generation of your family into the business. You may even be purposefully looking for someone to take the mantel for you and eventually take over so you can retire. Who better than a younger family member? In the olden days it was customary to keep the next generation of family working for you so you could pass on trade secrets to someone you knew you could trust. Now we often weigh the pros and cons of working closely with family as it can be an emotionally heated environment, but sometimes that Is part of the learning process. But even if you are of a similar age, it can just be a more rewarding journey together as you work side by side over the years. You will both be able to take pride in what you create together.