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The Toxic Effects of Branding Your Workplace a 'Family'

This behavior can damage the culture of your organization

If you’ve seen an open job posting or have been through a new job orientation over the last decade, you’ve probably seen the word “family” thrown around when describing a company’s culture.

“We’re a family.”  “Welcome to the [company name] family.”  “We’re a family that breathes and lives the mission of the company.”

It’s no surprise since we spend most of our waking hours (approximately one-third of our life) at work. Our relationships with our coworkers serve many functions — they can help us grow in our career and provide us emotional support and friendship. So it only makes sense that the relationships you build at work can mirror those you find within a family context.

Please select this link to read the complete article from Harvard Business Review.

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