Career Advice

Is Working With Family A Bad Idea?

The Proper Job 20 March, 2019

In past generations, families often worked together. Family businesses were much more common than they are today. If you have never worked with your family before, but now find yourself faced with the potential option of working with your family, there are several factors you should consider before making this choice. Working with family works great for some people, but not so great for others. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when considering whether or not you should work with your family.

Is the Relationship Strong?

Answer this question honestly. Do small problems and issues totally derail your relationship with these family members? Think back over the last five years. How many issues have you had with these family members that were easy or not. Working with your family can put an added strain on this relationship. If the relationship was already weak, then working together may not be the best idea.

Do You Have Other Options?

If you feel uncertain about working with your family, ask yourself is this really the only option. Sometimes taking a job with family seems appealing because it is an easy fix. If you are out of work, you want to get back to work as quickly as possible. However, taking the most convenient option may not always be the best option for you in the long run. If you are feeling unsure about working with family, go over all of your options again very carefully.

Have You And Your Family Worked Together Before?

Have you had any experience working with your family in the past? Even working together on projects such as church events, hobbies or volunteer work will give you a bit of an idea how you all with work together in the work place. How did that experience go? If working together on something simple was stressful, then working together every day in the work place may not be a good option for you.

Working with family can be a great experience or it can be damaging to already fragile relationships. Carefully consider these factors when deciding whether or not to work with your family.