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Family In The Workplace

In response to the article “Solving The Family Business Riddle,” I thought I would weigh in on the question, “In a family business, how do you address parents in the workplace? (Dad, by name, etc.)”

Working with family is definitely a different experience. There are many factors that wouldn’t normally come into play.  As far as addressing my family members at work, it varies. Typically, I always call my grandfather Paw Paw and I do not think that will ever change. In certain situations, I might use my father’s first name, once in a blue moon. Most of the time, I just refer to him as Pops or Dad. And I have no problem referring to my uncle by the name Uncle Bryan when in the work place. We stress family and what family represents by the way we are willing to help our customers, so while some might see it unprofessional, I believe we are just trying to practice what we preach. And that is making the customer feel right at home in our store.

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