Sometimes when family members have worked together for a long time, they use terminology that may only make sense to someone else who has been there just as long. That makes it hard for employees to do a good job, explains Sarah Fogelman, extension human resources management specialist at KansasStateUniversity.

For example, if dad tells an employee to take the red trailer down to the Frazier place to pick up a load of heifers, the employee may not know what to do. That’s because the red trailer is now white and no one named Frazier has lived at the heifer-rearing site for five years.