Nepotism doesn't raise eyebrows at medical-billing service provider MBI Solutions. More than a dozen MBI employees have family members on the staff.
The Kettering, Ohio-based company actively recruits employees' relatives to create a family-friendly atmosphere and improve retention. It encourages employees to recommend relatives for employment by advertising job openings internally before looking outside the company.
The firm does set ground rules: Immediate relatives can't report to the same supervisor, and relatives can't supervise other family members.
Because MBI has 150 employees, it can transfer family members if on-the-job conflicts arise. A few years ago, the company froze its family hiring while it shifted and separated feuding family members.
Still, the program generally works. One manager says families often share a work ethic, and siblings or children of other workers often are less reluctant to ask questions about the work when they know and trust someone who works nearby.
Contact: Karen Napier, HR director, MBI Solutions, email@example.com.