Lucy Kellaway argues in the Financial Times that the idea so beloved by “the cheesier half of corporate America, that employees are somehow part of the family is one of the most delusional metaphors of modern corporate life.”
I have to say that I completely disagree with Miss Kellaway’s views about “families” and workplace “fake families.”
I was fortunate because I always had a close relationship with my co-workers, and all my superiors were always most courteous toward me, my wife and my daughter.
In fact, they always went out of their way to support and help me. This, despite the fact, that I was probably their most “difficult” employee. But my bosses took my unpleasant character in stride and told me smilingly that if I were not “difficult,” they would not have hired me in the first place.