There are a lot of ways nepotism affects a workplace. But it is not always a bad thing. There can be some positive effects. There is certainly a difference when you look at, for example, nepotism vs. cronyism.
Let’s take a look at how these terms are defined and then discuss how they can potentially turn into a problem:
Nepotism is a type of favouritism in which those in power favor friends or relatives by hiring them and giving them jobs. Hiring managers may choose to hire a friend or relative because they trust them, know them well, and believe they are a great fit for a job. It’s not always about them doing a favor or having ill intentions.
Favouritism is the act of giving preference or preferential treatment to one individual at the expense of others. For example, a manager gives one employee all the best assignments.
Cronyism is the action of assigning friends, relatives, and associates to positions of power when they do not have the proper qualifications or experience. For example, a CEO gives a friend a management role even though they have no prior experience.
The presence of nepotism, favouritism, and cronyism can all pose potential issues in the workplace. Here are some of the most common issues:
The act of hiring a friend or colleague is not an issue itself. This happens all the time. It’s how you go about it that matters. Blatantly favoring someone you know, giving them preferential treatment, or assigning roles to them even if they are not qualified is when issues begin to arise.
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