You have to learn to sep­a­rate work from home or ev­ery­thing can spi­ral out of con­trol

WKND - - Work- Life - 24 june 2016

to help a tra­di­tional com­pany make the jump into the digi- tal realm.

“Dif­fer­ences in opin­ion are a nat­u­ral part of the process. You have to deal with it calmly with de­bates and dis­cus­sions. And to be hon­est, 90 per cent of the time, my dad is right!” says Omar.

Ac­cord­ing to Aya, it helps that the fam­ily doesn’t bring work home. How­ever, light dis­cus­sions at the dinner ta­ble sim­ply can­not be helped. “I’ve worked out­side the com­pany, but now I be­lieve that there’s noth­ing bet­ter than work­ing for the fam­ily,” says Aya. “We all have this com­mon goal: to make the com­pany thrive and take it to the next level. Who bet­ter to do that than your own flesh and blood?” con­trol and in­flu­ence how work is done. More­over, you learn how to earn more and spend less — the hard way.”

Zeina says that some of these ad­van­tages give way to the myr­iad stereo­types about those who work un­der their fa­thers. And, as un­fair as it is, some­times the stereo­types can be true — there are al­ways peo­ple who take ad­van­tage of a fam­ily busi­ness and their fa­ther’s good na­ture and feel a cer­tain sense of en­ti­tle­ment. How­ever, she also be­lieves that most peo­ple do not un­der­stand the real re­spon­si­bil­ity that comes with work­ing for your own busi­ness.

“Peo­ple un­der­es­ti­mate the stress of hav­ing mul­ti­ple con­verg­ing dead­lines and the end­less hus­tle to get new clients when you are self- em­ployed, as com­pared to the lux­ury of be­ing a reg­u­lar em­ployee and earn­ing a salary with­out any headaches,” she says.

Ac­cord­ing to her, an­other com­mon mis­con­cep­tion that peo­ple have is that the same cor­dial fam­ily re­la­tion­ship finds its way to the work­place. In re­al­ity, work­ing with your fa­ther means learn­ing to sep­a­rate the per­sonal and the pro­fes­sional, which means ab­so­lutely no pref­er­en­tial treat­ment.

“In any fam­ily busi­ness, you shouldn’t go in think­ing you’re work­ing with fam­ily,” she says. “The at­mos­phere should be of one team where ev­ery­one is us­ing their own unique skills and tal­ents to help the com­pany. In the be­gin­ning, we used to act more re­laxed at work and boss each other around at home — but we’ve learnt to stop do­ing that now. You have to learn to sep­a­rate work from home life or ev­ery­thing can spi­ral out of con­trol.” SEP­A­RAT­ING HOME & FAM­ILY: Zeina Akkawi works as the MD for PAZ Mar­ket­ing, with her fa­ther Gabi Akkawi ( above) be­ing the CEO

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