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Working for a Family Business: A Non-Family Employee’s Guide by Christopher J. Eckrich

By Christopher J. Eckrich

Eckrich and McClure supply a better knowing of what a relatives enterprise fairly is and the way they vary from different businesses and paintings environments. Designed to supply perception into the kinfolk and its habit and to combine the non-family worker into its targeted structure.

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Working for a Family Business: A Non-Family Employee’s Guide to Success

Eckrich and McClure offer a better knowing of what a kin company particularly is and the way they range from different businesses and paintings environments. Designed to supply perception into the relatives and its habit and to combine the non-family worker into its special constitution.

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The sons and daughters can’t have an honest discussion with him about their salaries and other matters because he has always taken care of them and to do so would question dad’s intentions. So they WHEN THERE’S CONFLICT 37 can’t ask for a raise, inquire about estate planning, or raise any sensitive subject. In still another case, the family so values harmony that its way of dealing with conflict is to avoid it. As the children grow up and join their parents in the business, the family continues to avoid conflict.

The Shuttle Diplomat. This person serves as a buffer between two family members but does not take sides. He listens to the complainer and encourages the individual to try to see the matter from the viewpoint of the one he’s complaining about. To a daughter who is angry because she thinks her father doesn’t trust her, The Shuttle Diplomat might reframe the conflict, saying, “What you might think about before you go see him again is this. He’s 67 years old. He’s put his life into this company. His parents lived through the Depression and they taught him to conserve cash.

Consider another scenario that directly affects you, the nonfamily employee. Suppose you work in a business where family employees are not bound by the compensation system that applies to the rest of the employees, and Alex, a young family member, works for you. Alex has two siblings in the business and their father has just given them all a $15,000 raise. Dad’s reasoning is that his children are moving forward in their lives and careers. They’re getting married and starting families. They need more money.

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