Family Businesses - First- or Multi-Generational

Family businesses – they're unique. Think private companies run by families, sometimes for generations. They span trades, manufacturing, retail, and services.

These businesses, they're like any other in terms of basic needs. But there's a twist – working with family, often across generations. That's the special sauce, and also the challenge

Common HR Themes

A family business has all of the usual kinds of people needs as other businesses, with the additional consideration of working with family members. Family businesses are often looking for ways to update their people practitioners, always  making sure family values shine through. Leaders, often family members, need guidance on how to manage better. Improving how they bring new people on board is key. And they tailor their practices to fit their family-led approach.

A big question is often succession. When and how to hand over the reins? Dealing with performance issues gets personal when it’s family or friends. The trick is to keep personal and work relationships healthy.

They’re about keeping family values alive, making sure everyone from the newest hire to the oldest hand feels part of it. All while staying sharp and innovative in how they do business.

Their purpose? It’s twofold: hitting business goals and creating opportunities for the family, now and for the future. That’s the heart of a family business.

How We Can Help

Fractional Stacks. This is your go-to for targeted HR needs. Think of it as choosing from a menu of HR functions – pick what your organization needs most. It’s especially handy when family dynamics play a role. Maybe you’ve got someone who knows bits of HR, but not the whole picture. Our Fractional Stack fills those gaps, offering expertise exactly where you need it. Whether it’s smoothing out hiring and onboarding, aligning with labor laws, or coaching future leaders, we’ve got a stack for that.

Prepaid Hours. Perfect for when your HR needs ebb and flow. This option gives you a set of hours to use as and when required, offering flexibility and peace of mind. Stuck on an HR issue? We’re here to help, whether it’s a bit of everything or focused on a specific area. With prepaid hours, you’re always ready to tackle HR challenges as they arise.

Projects. Ideal for specific, well-defined HR goals. Customizable to the core, our projects deliver specific outcomes tailored to your needs. Maybe it’s an HR audit to plan for the next few years, or prioritizing a flurry of great ideas. It could be analyzing compensation to pave career paths, or updating an old handbook. Whatever your project, we tailor it to fit your exact needs.

Learn more about our packages here.

You Talk, We’ll Listen

Being a small business owner does not have to mean working in a stressful silo. Please schedule a consultation to walk us through your current situation and future dreams. We are eager for knowledge, extremely curious by nature and have a keen eye for detail. It’s our greatest desire to help you grow and succeed. We look forward to it!

See What Our Clients Have to Say

I’ve come to rely on Kathryn and Performentor’s ability to quickly assess situations and present a series of viable solutions to pick from. Unlike many subject matter experts, Kathryn has taken the time to learn our business from the plant-floor to the boardroom. Without exaggeration, I know that working with Performentor ties directly to our bottom-line performance.

Kevin McConnaghy
CEO at Automated Solutions

If you are serious about strategically utilizing your people and culture to differentiate and grow your business, then I highly recommend Performentor. Alicia and her team have helped Chapel Hill Tire successfully create the systems and infrastructure to more fully develop our people to scale up our business AND more fully engage our team at the same time.

Marc Pons
President at Chapel Hill Tire

As an executive in a small, venture-funded biotech firm, I appreciate the support we get from Alicia and Performentor as a sounding board for team relations, policy, and compliance. Having an expert in our corner who knows the team and our business goals is tremendously helpful and gives our CEO and I peace of mind.

Roberto Alfaro
COO/CFO at Camras Vision

Contact Us

We’re not your standard blocking and tackling HR professionals, therefore, we’re quite easy to talk to and level with. Schedule a consultation with us if you’re seeking an HR partnership for the long haul. Whether you need us for an hour or a standing meeting to build and run the leanest and simplest people practices, we’ve got you!
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