Allowing Employees to Deal with Family Matters

I am live from Coffee for the Soul in Orlando again. Today, we are answering a listener question that hits close to home.

Will asks, “How do you allow for individuals in the organization to not neglect family and close relationships, but also not become unreliable or inconsistent?”

It falls into the responsibility of both the employee or team member and company leadership. As a prospective employee, you need to have that discussion before you join. Make sure you join the “right” organization, one that you are in alignment with. Taking care of your family is of the utmost importance. If you do not take care of them, you won’t be able to do the job you need to. When you apply, apply for culture, not just a paycheck.

As an executive, work with your employees. The place will not collapse without them. Find a win/win. Can they work remotely, while they are taking care of family business? Let them take care of their family. Take care of your employees. If you take care of people, they will take care of you. Help set your organization up for success. Help set expectations for asking in advance whenever possible. Empower your employees to find their cover and be willing to step in if they need help. If you create the right culture, people will help.

Commitment is built on mutual understanding and respect. If you prepare your systems and your people, you’ll be ready. Get ahead of the game. Don’t wonder what you will do if, but plan for what you will do when.

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