You’re fired! How to keep your kid but lose an employee

It’s the hardest thing about being a boss and a parent is that sometimes you have to let a family member go. How do you do it without creating bad blood? You have to know what you’re doing.

It’s an old joke. The non-family director of the family business approaches the boss. “Your son is a bad fit, he has to go,” says the director. “He doesn’t do what he’s told, he won’t listen to anyone, he turns up late and keeps taking time off to play in his band. We have to get rid of him.”

“I hear what you’re saying,” says the boss. “But I’m sleeping with his mother.”

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