Managing Friends and Family in the Workplace: Part 1 – Introduction
Managing Friends and Family at the Workplace: Part 2 – Set Boundaries and Expectations
Managing Friends and Family in the Workplace: Part 3 – Avoid Bringing Personal Problems to Work
Managing Friends and Family in the Workplace: Part 4 – Be Honest with Your Team
Managing Friends and Family at the Workplace: Part 5 – Avoid Favouritism
Managing Friends and Family in the Workplace: Part 6 – Avoid Gossip
Managing Friends and Family in the Workplace: Part 7 – Provide Regular Feedback
This article is written to provide you with an understanding why it is important to avoid bringing personal problems into the workplace when working with friends and family.
Part of the challenge of working with friends or family in a business, is that you have history together. It is crucial that your private life is kept separate from your professional life. The workplace is no place to discuss personal matters, we also recommend that everyone refrains from discussing business topics and matters outside of work.
When you have pre-existing relationships with someone outside of work, it can get in the way of doing actual work. If you are unable to keep your private and professional life separate, it might not be a good business decision to work with friends and family. Ensure you are hiring the right person for the job and if you have any concerns before entering in a working relationship with friends and family, please be aware that it may affect your professional life for better or worse.
When personal problems are being brought into the workplace, it is crucial to hold a meeting with everyone (regardless of if they are involved or not) as soon as possible to avoid any further problems and to review the boundaries and expectations that were set.
Remind everyone in this meeting that personal problems must be left at the door and delt with outside of regular business hours. No matter what happens, always remain polite and professional when communicating your concerns.
Remember, these people are your friends and family members, you must like them at least a little to have ever considered hiring them. But at the end of the day, they were hired to do a job, and that job must always come first at work. Because without that running smoothly no one is grabbing lunch or paying the bills.
For more on managing friends and family at the workplace, please be sure to see part 4 of the series, “Being Honest with your Team”.