Should Employers Treat Employees Like Family?

Should Employers Treat Employees Like Family?

It’s not an easy path but proponents say the personal and financial rewards are well worth it.

“We treat our employees like family.” It’s a proud statement heard from many business owners and managers, who equate it with a work environment that demonstrates caring for employees and which benefits from a cohesive, committed workforce. But is the concept dangerously paternalistic, a holdover from a society where constant change and adaptation wasn’t a dominant competitive requirement? Or is it a valuable tenet that deserves renewed attention?

Some worry that businesses

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