How many times have you heard employers describe their company as a “family?” This simply is not so. They want you to have that fuzzy feeling of belonging and that is the relationship that comes to mind.
In a Harvard Business Review blog post, Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, and Chris Yeh expound on the idea that you should be described as a “team” not a family. In a family, you do not fire your children for underperforming. When a CEO invokes the “family” word and then fires someone, it brings a lot of feelings of hurt and betrayal.
The article goes on to explain how sports teams can work so well together and how to bring that to the work relationship. Read the full article.