Equality: is nepotism acceptable?

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If you had to pick between your brother or a close friend of yours and a random stranger for an important job of yours, who would you pick? The act of offering an advantage, privilege, or position to family or close acquaintances in an occupation or area is known as nepotism. Business, politics, academics, entertainment, sports, religion, and other activities are examples of such fields. Cronyism is favouritism towards an acquaintance or friend. The widest definition of favouritism as a whole, is partiality based on membership in a favoured group rather than job performance. I personally believe that the three main places that are affected by nepotism are, the workplace, the government, and politics. These places actually contribute to a lot of people’s lives and knowing that the people that work for these places aren't actually qualified, may cause the population to not fully trust these places.

But actually nepotism can have its positives and negatives. Some positives can be that nepotism may foster loyalty and trust within an organisation. It can also lead to improved communication and coordination since employees are more willing to confide in family or intimate acquaintances. Nepotism can cause a lot of positives such as, Building a family legacy, private organisations prefer hiring family members to build a family legacy, Reduced hiring costs and increased retention time, Loyal and caring about your business, Cooperation and lower turnover.All of these can allow a business to thrive. But even if it had its advantages, nepotism is still a major negative and it is not morally right.

Even though nepotism has its positives it has many more negative, some major examples being, It results in a toxic workplace. Nobody wants a hostile workplace, which may lead to increased stress and burnout, Inadequate Productivity and Engagement, Employee Satisfaction will decline, Employee turnover is high, which harms the company's reputation.It also makes it difficult for an organisation to develop true relationships, inspire high performers, diminish organisational cooperation, and raise staff turnover. It causes customers of business to not trust their decisions and ideas.

In conclusion,The problem with nepotism is that educated people accept the practice. It is impossible to handle such a delicate topic unless the leaders are aware of it. In the long term, it will become a part of the organisational structure and will hamper the employees of the organisation. You must address the problem and make the required changes to establish an employee-friendly and engaging work environment. The best thing to do is to make it illegal as in simple words nepotism is a form of discrimination