A colleague lamented some recent personnel changes, saying “this place doesn’t feel like a family anymore.” But the workplace should not feel like family.
Robert Frost described home as “the place that when you go there, they have to take you in.” Whether you’ve done good or ill, family has to welcome you.
Companies should celebrate, develop and value employees, but they exist to compete and to earn. They must be discerning meritocracies that reward performance versus goals.
Good families are forgiving of all members. Good companies are supportive and fair, but reward people based on performance, not simply affiliation.