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Question: At a roundtable meeting I attended recently, we were told that the workplace needs to become more like home for employees. They’re so busy, they don’t have time to form meaningful relationships. Excuse me, but who’s the genius behind the idea that people who work together should be like family? I’ve seen way too many messed-up families and the dysfunctional people they produce to know this idea misses the mark in a big way. What do you think?

Answer: I disagree with the idea that work should become home and that co-workers should become family. Home issues are not the same as work issues. The dynamics of a family system are not the same as an organizational system. Different ends are sought. Different methods are used. Different criteria are attached.

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Daniel A. Schroeder, Ph.D. is president of Brookfield based Organization Development Consultants Inc. ( He can be reached at 262-827-1901 or Read More »

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