You can have warm, caring relationships with your co-workers, but classifying it as a family puts workers at a disadvantage. Employees may feel guilty if they want to ask for a raise or days off, but they willingly put in extra time and take on additional work to help out. Be friendly while knowing these are business relationships.
If you’re in a position of leadership and work with a family member, stick to business at work. Creating a family-like environment at work often stems from the best intentions. However, employees can be made to feel guilty for reporting problems or leaving to advance careers. This is especially prevalent in small businesses.
A team is a better framework for a business setting; not a family.
Listen as Alison Green joins Dr. Pamela Peeke to discuss why you shouldn’t refer to your job as your second family.