Entering the Family Business – Working Your Way Up or Landing in Management

Hazing in the Family Business

I’ll never forget my first day in our family business when I had completed my morning shift and took a break for lunch.  The warehouse manager asked me if my father was going to take me out for the customary steak lunch for all new hires.  I went upstairs, walked into my father’s office and told him I was ready to go for my steak lunch. He looked at me with a confused stare and told me he never takes a new employee out for lunch on the first day. His confused stare was only matched by the laughter of the warehouse manager when I returned to my post after lunch. I realized I had been hazed by the warehouse manager as part of the ritual for new employees.

What job positions do family members assume when they first enter the family business?

Some of us come in at the bottom of the organization chart in a line position and work their way up, while others land into management level positions and take control more quickly. Here are some of the differences: More…

Before going to work in the family business, work for someone else first

We have all heard how important it is to gain some outside experience working in another company before joining the family business.

But how do we do actually accomplish this?

The key is to take advantage of this opportunity before you get too involved in your own family business.  Some people prefer to work in the family business a few years and then go work outside, while others do it right from the start. Waiting too long will risk that you will get so involved in your family business that you won’t be able to break away from your responsibility or you will feel a diminished return from the experience. More…