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Should You Treat Workers Like Family?

Leadership | Human Capital | FORTUNE MAGAZINE

Treating workers like family: A mixed blessing

So a few organizations have proposed a different mindset. What happens if you declare that you and your colleagues are not just a team, but a family? Family “is a place of unconditional love,” says Bob Chapman, CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, a privately held equipment and engineering consulting company based in St. Louis, with annual revenue of about $2.4 billion, and author of the new book Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family. “The one place you ought to feel safe and valued is your family.” Just as with parenting, “leadership is the stewardship of the lives entrusted to you.”



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