NEPOTISM

What is nepotism and how does it play a role in our world today?

Let us first take a look at the meaning of nepotism in our Webster Dictionary:  Nepotism-1.  The practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.  2.  Patronage or favoritism based on family relationship.

Daily Wisdom Word Meaning:  Nepotism-1.  Using power and influence on family members based on those one is closest to, in business and in anything revolving around good favor such as selling a family member a car at a cheaper price to a family member because they are part of ones family or friends.  When one in Power gives better opportunities to a family member or friend.

Unfortunately, Nepotism is a part of life, and can be good for you if you happen to be the family or friend of the influencer. If you live in China or India, Nepotism is a way of life and considered common practice.  In Western Culture it is looked upon less favorably.

There are two sides to nepotism just as there are with everything in life.  If you are the employer, it is hard, if you have a family member that is qualified for a position or job as other candidates, why wouldn’t you hire them?  There are good reasons why you may want to consider outsourcing your employment.  First of all, it is hard to be as objective with a member of your family.  You may tend to expect less out of them,  but surprisingly, you may expect more from them than you do an employee your not related to.  This makes it hard on both the family member and yourself, as the business owner.

If you treat your family member more favorably than you do other employees, the overall atmosphere in the employment place will be that of underlying resentment from the employees who aren’t related to you.  There will also be a certain set of expectations from the employee who is the family member from you.  IE.,  wanting promotions and raises more quickly, expecting more time off if emergencies come up because the employer tends to be related also to whomever the family employee is taking time off for.

If you are the employee, working for a family run business, it is easy to develop resentment when you see related family member get the promotion you have so diligently worked for, and have the numbers to back it up.

Honestly, I was going to write on another daily wisdom word today, but when I asked the Siri to give me the definition for it, it pulled up nepotism instead.  I wasn’t sure of what it meant, so I started reading about it, and here we are today, reading on nepotism.  One might say, I was favoring Siri over the Webster, and that could be considered nepotism so I have to be careful.

I like to throw in something I find funny, every once in a while to daily wisdom words, because many readers tell me I am too serious some of the time, but I also don’t mean to undervalue the issues surrounding nepotism for the non relative of the employee having to deal with it.

How do you deal with nepotism if your the employee who is not related to the boss?  According to an article I found on google, the best way to deal with it, is to work as hard as you can and let your results speak for themselves.  The more professional you are and the better you have documented your work, the more chance you have of fighting for the next promotion or existing one coming along.

The article also suggested developing a relationship with a non ally higher up than yourself within the organization, and when it comes time to raise objections to the promotion given unfairly to the family member, showing them your documentation and overtime put in for example.  This person can then objectively look at the situation and be in a position to make recommendations to the owner.

Succession, is a close synonym for nepotism, and there is a new series on HBO called, Succession if you really want to see the drama that can result between families and favoring them over other employees.  It is a good show, by the way if your looking for a new drama to watch.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the daily wisdom word that wasn’t supposed to be written on today, Lol, and I look forward to your poems, and quotes in the community poetry section.  Instead, if you have a personal short story you would like to share instead, you can always post that beneath this post in the comments section.  I would love to hear your stories.

Thank you so much for reading and I hope all of you have a beautiful and blessed day.

Samantha LeBoeuf

 

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