‘I Don’t Want to Be Like a Family With My Co-Workers’ - Deepstash
Work-life boundaries

Some organisations talk of their employees as being part of "a family".

However, the "we're like family here" can be hugely problematic. Boundaries can become violated, and you may be expected to work long hours, agree to lower pay, not complain about bad management, and prioritise loyalty to your employer above other interests. 

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Work may be a place where you care about each other, but it is also a place that may lay you off or where you need to look out for your own interests, just like your employer will do.

Offices that say they are 'like family' may also likely penalise you if you don't participate in workplace events. They may distrust people who don't buy into their family model and may accuse those who like to keep boundaries between work and family as "not a team player." 

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Working in a company that blurs the boundary between work and family may mean that you may be held back professionally because you don't socialise enough.

  • The easiest way to find out if it will be an obstacle to your ability to get promoted is to ask your boss directly what you would need to do to be a strong candidate for a promotion. Then see what your boss focuses on.
  • If it does seem that you're going to be held back professionally, one option is to fake more enthusiasm. Another is to find a job that does not have this label attached.

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