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Does nepotism and favoritism corrupts the workplace? or it's not always bad?
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As per PMI Code of Ethics, the third mandatory Fairness standard " 4.3.3 We do not hire or fire, reward or punish, or award or deny contracts based on personal considerations, including but not limited to, favoritism, nepotism, or bribery.”

https://www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/documents/...e-of-ethics.pdf

Nepotism and favoritism is common everywhere, and can be seen from a small to midsize and big multinational companies. Do you see there are positives /negatives of this practice? Please share your thoughts.
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Looking first at nepotism. I worked for a company once where everyone seemed to be related to someone else in the company. They made sure that people did not work on the same project as their family member. However, if staff had to be reduced, the person related to someone else was not the one to go. The negatives of working with family members is that you bring personal stuff to work. They may also be distractions to each other. The only positive is that here is someone that you know and you know what they are capable of.
Now favoritism can actually cause more problems. One of the big issues with favoritism is that it breed resentment. The favorite get the accolades and the interesting projects. And you are limiting your resources. The favorite is given opportunities to grow and bring value to the company. The not favorite does not grow. Their contributions dwindle. The only positives to favoritism is if you are the favorite.
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1 reply by Anupam Ganguly
Sep 25, 2018 11:30 PM
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Thanks Dinah
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Nepotism and favoritism are viewed so poorly because it is assumed (usually correctly) that these practices place incompetent people into positions that would be better filled by others. If the favorites or relatives do a good job in their position, then nepotism and favoritism are much easier to bear.
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1 reply by Anupam Ganguly
Sep 25, 2018 11:30 PM
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Thanks Eric
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Both terms are negative - even if the best candidate is picked, it is not because of their merits but because of who they are or who they know. You can't have a level playing field when either are present and we risk not taking advantage of increased diversity.

Kiron
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Sep 25, 2018 11:31 PM
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Thanks Kiron
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Sep 25, 2018 12:13 PM
Replying to Dinah Young
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Looking first at nepotism. I worked for a company once where everyone seemed to be related to someone else in the company. They made sure that people did not work on the same project as their family member. However, if staff had to be reduced, the person related to someone else was not the one to go. The negatives of working with family members is that you bring personal stuff to work. They may also be distractions to each other. The only positive is that here is someone that you know and you know what they are capable of.
Now favoritism can actually cause more problems. One of the big issues with favoritism is that it breed resentment. The favorite get the accolades and the interesting projects. And you are limiting your resources. The favorite is given opportunities to grow and bring value to the company. The not favorite does not grow. Their contributions dwindle. The only positives to favoritism is if you are the favorite.
Thanks Dinah
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Sep 25, 2018 12:35 PM
Replying to Eric Simms
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Nepotism and favoritism are viewed so poorly because it is assumed (usually correctly) that these practices place incompetent people into positions that would be better filled by others. If the favorites or relatives do a good job in their position, then nepotism and favoritism are much easier to bear.
Thanks Eric
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Sep 25, 2018 1:42 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Both terms are negative - even if the best candidate is picked, it is not because of their merits but because of who they are or who they know. You can't have a level playing field when either are present and we risk not taking advantage of increased diversity.

Kiron
Thanks Kiron
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Anupam -

Nepotism and Favoritism exists everywhere in all fields irrespective of geographies. Both are very bad practices that are being continued even today in workplaces where we have the so called 'Knowledge Workers'. These unethical practices are being followed at the top management level too in order to make their relatives and favorites grow in their career quickly.

Talented and genuinely hard-working people get demotivated and quit organisations. These negative practices not only spoil the morale of the employees but can also bring down an organisation due to an inefficient CxO (who got elevated through Nepotism or Favoritism).
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1 reply by Anupam Ganguly
Sep 26, 2018 4:37 AM
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Thanks Girija. I agree.
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Sep 26, 2018 4:32 AM
Replying to Girija Ramakrishnan
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Anupam -

Nepotism and Favoritism exists everywhere in all fields irrespective of geographies. Both are very bad practices that are being continued even today in workplaces where we have the so called 'Knowledge Workers'. These unethical practices are being followed at the top management level too in order to make their relatives and favorites grow in their career quickly.

Talented and genuinely hard-working people get demotivated and quit organisations. These negative practices not only spoil the morale of the employees but can also bring down an organisation due to an inefficient CxO (who got elevated through Nepotism or Favoritism).
Thanks Girija. I agree.

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