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Definition of Nepotism:

Derived from the Italian word for nephew, ‘Nipote,’ Nepotism is when people in power show favoritism at the workplace, usually towards family and friends. The unfair privilege is in the form of better growth opportunities, better incentives, favoring them for promotion and so on. In such cases, the relationship between the decision-maker and the employee holds more value, in lieu of their skill and experience.

Here are some examples of Nepotism at the workplace: 


Example 1: Sarah is the Product Manager at ABC company She has three people reporting to her, one of whom is her nephew, Andrew. When an opportunity for a promotion opened up, Sara recommended Mark, who has lesser experience and knowledge when compared to his peers. 


Example 2: When a job opening for an experienced software developer opened up in his company, Jack ‘The Manager’ creates a job description that matches the experience and qualifications of his friend, Jill. As a result, when Jill applies for the position, she would seem the perfect candidate. 


Example 3: Marc, who is the HR executive at ABC company, wanted his friend Anthony to get the job of Business Analyst at his company. Since Marc is managing the interview process for this position, he leaks all the interview questions and assessment details beforehand to Anthony. As a result, Anthony is at an unfair advantage when compared to other candidates. 


Example 4: Jake, who is the owner of the company, Krypto, is about to retire and wants his daughter, Jenny, to run the company. Now, Jenny has no experience or knowledge of how to run a company. Neither was she mentored into the role. Here, Jenny gets this opportunity mainly because of her relationship with the owner, instead of a person within the company with the relevant experience and knowledge on running a business. 


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