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 be honest with your team when working with or planning to employ friends and family.
It is crucial to the working environment as well as your teams to let everyone know that you have a personal connection with someone with whom you are planning to employ or to work with. By being upfront about the outside relationship ahead of time, you are able to stop potential stories from being told after the fact.
Your team will be more appreciative that you are upfront and honest about the relationship ties. Naturally, some of your team members might have reservations about the working relationship, however, it is your responsibility to address any concerns that they might have and allow your team to feel they’ve been heard.
It may take some time to build the trust that you are not going to treat anyone else on the team differently. Your actions will need to back your words if you want to prove that you will treat your friends or family members just like you would treat any other team members. If you treat everyone equally, this will build that trust and help everyone adjust to the working relationship, for both your original colleagues and the new ones you previously had nonworking relationships with.
In short summary, be proactive and honest about the relationship, let your employees be heard, and treat everyone the same. For more on managing friends and family at the workplace, please be sure to see part 5 of the series, “Avoid Favouritism”.