Hiring a family member to work in your business offers some true benefits; you have someone on the team you can trust, you’ll get to work with someone you know well and even keep parents or other relatives happy in the process. Sometimes, though, the new hire just doesn’t work out – and you are forced to choose between working with someone who is not pulling his own weight or having a cringe-worthy conversation. Firing a family member is always going to be awkward, but there are some ways to make things easier on you both.
Whether your family member hire stops taking the job seriously because of your connection, simply doesn’t have the skills for the job or even causes strife with your team, the only option may be to let them go. Firing someone is never easy, but firing a family member you’ll still have to see at least occasionally adds a layer of complexity and awkwardness to the process.
Even though firing a family member is not going to be the highlight of your year, getting it over with and moving on will allow you to move on. If you’ve done everything you can to make things work, your relationship will heal over time and you’ll be able to get back to business as usual.