Working with family: Dangers & fun

Sisters working together(Editor's note: This post originally appeared in the July 2012 issue of the dvm360 iPad app.)

Back in college, my older sister, Kristine, worked at a pizzeria. When she suggested I apply for a job at the same restaurant, I wasn’t immediately convinced. Would you agree to work with a sibling? We’re three years apart in age but were always asked if we were twins. I couldn’t imagine how confusing that would be for coworkers and patrons. 

But I accepted the job. Who was my trainer? Kristine. Despite my occasional eye rolls since my sister was telling mewhat to do (she loved it, I’m sure!), the working relationship actually had its perks. We got to spend a lot more time together during a busy time in both of our lives, we hung out during our free time with mutual coworkers, and we both helped each other when the job got too busy. (Plus it didn’t hurt that we could each pass for each other when serving tables—patrons sometimes didn’t even notice!)

The key to our success, I’m sure, was leaving work at work. Need more tips for working with family members? Check out this article for even more tools to survive a workplace relationship unscathed, and e-mail me if you’ve learned any other family business tips the hard way!

Jessica Zemler, Editor, dvm360@advanstar.com

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