I f y o u ’ r e u n d e r t h e I m p r e s s I o n t h a t t h o s e w o r k I n g u n d e r t h e I r f a t h e r s h a v e I t e a s y , t h e n t h I n k a g a I n A
nyone who has ever been inducted into a family business has probably heard the rumours. The subtle digs from friends and acquaintances insinuating that they ‘ don’t really need to work that hard’ or the underlying assumption that they don’t have to take responsibility to get ahead. But those who have worked with their fathers will be able to tell you that none of it is true — from navigating the minefield of personal- professional relationships to dealing with increased pressure and expectations, these professionals have to do it all. Here, they tell us about some of the many myths they’ve heard — and why they couldn’t be farther from the truth.
and ensure that roles do not clash.”
Having worked for nine years, Anand knows all about the stereotypes associated with working for one’s father. He also admits that some may not be too far from the mark.
“I’ve heard people say that I never really had the hassle of looking for a job. And to be honest, there may be some truth in that,” he admits. “But the other stereotypes — believing that I have an easy income or that I don’t have to really work is completely wrong. Just because getting the job wasn’t difficult doesn’t mean that it’s easy to be accepted. It’s a lot harder to prove yourself to your father than it would be to another boss.”
Proving yourself means more than just hard work — it’s about being responsible 24/ 7 and making decisions that work in favour of the company. According to Anand, that’s the only way to gain the respect of colleagues in the long run.
“On the plus side, working for your dad means you have the chance to learn from your mistakes,” says Anand. “That’s important.” LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Anand Kumar with his father Karuthedath Govindan