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Old 09-11-2009, 03:40 AM
 
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Old 09-11-2009, 04:59 AM
 
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I'm OK with hiring friends and relatives as long as they don't get preferential treatment. "Birds of a feather" often applies, so if you've got a good employee and they want to bring on a friend or relative, often that person is also a good worker in my experience.

But if they turn out to be a slacker or incompetent, out the door they need to go.
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Old 09-11-2009, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Stuck on the East Coast, hoping to head West
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Call it whatever you like, but to me it's all about favoritism. It's always existed and always will. I usually deal with it unless it's costing me money then I'll work to change the situation or find another job.
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Old 09-11-2009, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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No I'm not OK with it, I live in rual NE GA and it's rampent here. It's not what you know but who you know to get any kind of job.
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Old 09-11-2009, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Call it whatever you like, but to me it's all about favoritism. It's always existed and always will. I usually deal with it unless it's costing me money then I'll work to change the situation or find another job.

What happens if the genesis of the favoritism is the favored individual's high performance?

It doesn't make business sense to promote low performing individuals. In a simple case, imagine if a basketball coach played his inferior "friend" more than a higher performing player.

The appearance of favoritism may occur because promoting a higher performing person makes the manager look good so he is happy with the guy he promoted so it could appear like there is something unprofessional there.

Not saying it doesn't happen, but it might not really be unjust favoritism as often as it appears. I rarely see it; I am pretty convinced that most of the time, the overwhelming majority of the time (at my worker bee level), promotions are deserved. In fact, in big organizations like I work in, it takes more than one person to approave a promotion - there is a sufficient amount of scrutiny.
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Old 09-11-2009, 11:06 AM
 
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i accept it as part of life. Who doesn't favour those closest to them?
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Old 09-11-2009, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Barrio Logan/Shelltown
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I worked for a large school district and nepotism was rampant. Everyone was related to someone in one way or another. They were having problems finding new employees that spoke Spanish, so they would hire the kids of Spanish speaking employees, and not test them. But yet, everyone else had to be tested.
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Old 09-11-2009, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, TX
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Well, my neighbor works for the state and put in a good word for me with her bosses about getting me in to where she works since they have 9 openings in her department. I still had to apply and take the tests, but now I'm just waiting to be called in for an interview. Whatever works...
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Old 09-11-2009, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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That's just the way it is. You learn to work with or around it. You can't change it.

For a while we lived in an area where one religion was predominant. We learned quickly that not being one of the crowd was detrimental when looking for employment. After a while we learned. We lied and said we were members of that church. Sure it was a lie and a rationalization on our part. But it wasn't a legitimate or legal question in the first place. Still wrong on our part but you do what you have to do to put food on the table.
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Old 09-12-2009, 04:04 PM
 
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What is wrong with hiring within your social/family circle? Especially if it is a family owned business? Now, for governmental jobs, then the criteria should be above all hint of favoritism, because, quite honestly you and I as taxpayers are paying their salary. But if a privately owned business wants to hire friends and family and they are the ones who sign the paychecks or have to answer to the owners.... what is the big deal?
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