It is now public knowledge that right hand (one of two senior management and head of sales) is leaving the company in a few weeks. I have known for longer – but then right hand happens also to be son.
Nightmare about family businesses is working with family and having to permanently wear two hats. Son came into business on a temporary basis for a few weeks, five years ago, and has subsequently worked his way up to current position. Was always far too young to be settled in permanent career and therefore has had almost annual fits of being very unhappy or ill or being inspired by other careers, which in fairness have done the business no good. As a business person, bar these odd times, he has been brilliant at sales and the company owes him a great deal and while no-one is irreplaceable, we will have to work hard not to suffer for being without him. It has also been a joy to have someone I can trust around on a daily basis through some troubled times during the past five years.
As a mum, I am aware he gets a very hard time for being my son, both in the town and from junior members of staff. Am aware that it would be also be the best possible thing for his personal development if he got the hell out while still young and saw a bit of the world, both literally and figuratively. Finally both agreed it would be best thing and while difficult in some ways to come to terms with it, know it is 100 per cent the best thing for him. His brain is already elsewhere and have therefore mutually agreed to use him as more of a floating temp for last few weeks. I now have to turn my brain to what I want to do in the future, how this affects things for me personally and on a practical level.