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

WKND - - Work- Life -

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

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