Working with members of your family has the potential to be a very trying, sticky and challenging situation. It can bring out the best in you and your relatives--and also the worst in your working relationships. It can cause you to minimize or overlook errors or omissions that your relative commits, or it can make you excessively hypercritical and condescending.
Just why does this happen? Working with family members is difficult for any number of reasons:
You know so much about the other person--you've been privy to intimate information about them.
You've most likely had arguments or negative conflicts with them.
You have years of experiences with them, both positive and negative.
You know the other person's "hot and cold buttons," the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that reward, cajole and pacify, or punish, threaten and dismiss the other person.
Maybe you don't like your relative or, conversely, you're very close with that person, which means you could either be overly critical or overly protective of them.
You may provide too much supervision or teamwork--or you may provide too little.
As a result of the knowledge and closeness you have with this other person, you may find it difficult to be rational, logical, accurate or fair with your thoughts, feelings and behaviors when it comes to interacting with that person. Your relationship with them--both at work and in your personal life--is probably suffering...
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