What is NEPOTISM?
Nepotism is Playing professional favorites with family members in
business or politics or Corporate.
In our case -:
Nepotism exists when one uses a position of power or authority to
influence the hiring or promotion process of spouse, partner,
sibling, child or other relative
Effie – Account Manager (Nepotistic)
(Sr. to Sherry and wants Sherry to hire his daughter)
Trish – Applicant and Effie’s Daughter (applied through normal
Sherry – Hiring Decision Maker
(Reporting to Effie
Raul - External Applicant (has clear edge on Trish in terms of
Quality of Education)
Issues in Hiring Effie
If successful, Effie’s actions will result in the hiring of a less
qualified employee. Hiring Raul would be best for the company.
If Trish is hired, department-wide perceptions of favoritism that
will hurt morale will likely occur.
If Trish is hired, Sherry will be in an awkward position. Effie will
effectively supervise and evaluate Trish. Trish and Effie will both
also be in awkward positions.
Case Guidelines to check
Review your company’s policies on nepotism to maintain your
currency. Most companies have employment guidelines
specifically stating that employees are not permitted to take part
in activities that could be construed as nepotistic.
Require all your subordinates to periodically review your
company’s guidelines and resolution procedures involving
nepotism to assure familiarity.
Direct your human resources department to resolve any
nepotistic issues which might be unresolved in a timely manner.
Direct your employees who have a conflict of interest concern to
describe the situation to a Human Resources Department contact
and ask for guidance.
Is Nepotism So Bad?
Manufacturing plants supplied with workers from a local town will
almost always have relatives working together. Johnson says that
in those cases, nepotism has to be an acknowledged and hard-
wired part of the business. Relatives should be encouraged to
hold one another accountable for doing a good job. That can
produce better workers and even make firing dead weight a little
easier–though letting go of anyone who has relatives at a
company will always be awkward.
In Black and White
Trouble can arise if a company advertises a vacant job and then
fills it with an employee’s relative who clearly is less qualified
than, say, a female or minority applicant. That can run up against
the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlaws discrimination on the
basis of race, color, sex, religion or national origin. Even if
discrimination is not the intent, this can be dangerous territory,
but the solution is easy. If the job opening is never publicly
advertised, it’s almost impossible for anyone to cry foul over
In India there is no such law to fight NEPOTISM, It is Breeding in our
political system at large.
NEPOTISM, CASTISM and CORRUPTION are the basic issues in
Best Examples of NEPOTISM
Kaycee Krysty, CEO of Laird Norton Tyee
Robert (Robin) C. Loudermilk Jr., CEO of Aaron’s (investment
Lew Wolff, CEO of Wolff Urban (inspired by Oil-Dri)
Dick Jaffee, Former CEO of Oil-Dri
Kathy Wiseman, founder of Working Systems (Favours