An interesting topic was brought up in a recent Business Week article, “Should You Hire Your Parents?“. Different experiences from each side of the debate are stated in the article. I don’t know about you, but I think hiring your parents could create tension within the family unit.
Obviously keeping the roles defined between the parent and the son or daughter is most important. Daniel Negari, one of the entrepreneurs interviewed for the article, states that he only refers to his mother at work by her name. He never uses the term “mom” or “mother” while in the office environment. I can see how it would be important to keep the emotional aspects out of the work relationship. What do you think?
Let’s say your parent has more business knowledge and experience that you could really tap into by hiring them. Would that make you more likely to consider them for employment? Could you find value in hiring your parent as an employee? Or is it more trouble than it’s worth?