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In family businesses, how do you generally recommend that a father & son refer to each other (for example do you recommend that the son call father by first name in all business situations and request others to do so also?

Answer:

In a business context, I suggest you use the ordinary practice that other pharmacists would use in a similar situation. If they would generally call each other by first names, I suggest you do the same. Calling each other "Dad" or "Son" in the workplace focuses on your family relationship more than your identity as co-workers and professionals. If there are other professional peers in the workplace who can't call the boss "Dad", it puts them in a less favorable position. It's usually a good idea to keep business interactions within the business, and save family interactionsfor evenings or weekends.

Good luck, Dr. Ellen

 
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