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Three Tips on Strengthening the Family

  Aug 24, 2012
 

By CROWF

A family is one of the most important units that define a person. A strong family can help in building a strong person.

Strathmore Business School’s Center for Research on Organisations, Work and Family (CROWF), a research institution that has the task of developing strategies that help organisations in Kenya improve employee retention, commitment and personality through enabling employee engagement gives three tips to strengthening the family unit:

Write a family mission statement—identify what kind of family you want to be. For instance, what qualities define your family, what kinds of feeling do you want in your home, how do you want to build relationships? Get everyone involved in these questions and write something that describes your family and how you want to be.

Hold weekly family meetings—gather your family once a week to talk about issues, problems or good things in your family. Refer to your mission statement to see how you are doing. Enjoy this time together; do something fun.

Remember the emotional bank account— similar to a bank account, you can make deposits or withdrawals from each of your family relationships. Make a conscious effort to make meaningful deposits in your relationships. When you make a withdrawal, apologize and correct the mistake.

As you do these things, you will find your relationships strengthened in your family. You will take control of your life and your family’s life rather than being tossed away by the storms of problems or crises that come your way.

With a strong family, you will be more effective in your job search and your family will be your greatest source of strength and support.

About CROWF

The Center for Research on Organisations, Work and Family (CROWF) is a research institution within Strathmore Business School that has, as one of its objectives, the task of developing strategies that help organisations in Kenya improve employee retention, commitment and personality through enabling employee engagement.

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