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Do we just live with nepotism?

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Question: Nepotism: A big word that finally came to me under much distress. I'm a fairly new administrative assistant, although I think the position could easily be called something less; just being called that stresses me. Anyway, I work for a nonprofit organization where nepotism is going on.

It's really difficult to see others mistreated because a family member works next to them. Relatives work in the same department. Some people know of the "family affair" but say nothing for fear of losing their jobs.

The head person is too close to one of the high managers who allows this, so that person is unsafe to talk to; the HR manager is aware, obviously, but seems to either act like it's unknown or figures a way "around" the rules.

Is there not anything that can be done? Do we just live with it or go elsewhere?  -- Anonymous


if this is a not for profit taht you work for there are specific criteria on how things are suppose to be handled per grant funding and the same for private donations. How are the agreements drawn up? Is there grant monies involved? the non profit, if grant monies are involved must follow the grant on how things are distributed and what the persons who fall under that grant can and cannot do? Have they ever been audited? We recently, in our area had a non profit that was closed down and currently there is a criminal investigation going on because personal things were done with donations and grant monies that were not allowed under the line items. Watch yourself, find out as much as you can. what does the non profits by-laws state? Who is the governing board?

It's always difficult to work for a family business(even if it's non-profit) because, as the old saying goes: "blood is thicker than water". If you can handle the situation, stay a year and then get another job; if you can't, get another job & then give appropriate notice. I work in a large public agency where there are many people who have relatives, spouses, etc. in other departments. However, these employees have to pass civil service exams, and are very carefully screened, with the result being that nepotism is a minor issue at best. You work in the private sector, and unless you are unionized and have a contract, you have little or no recourse to change your situation. Better luck next time.

I know what you are going through because in the past I have worked for a family owned business. However I have never worked in non-profit, so I don't know if this makes a difference. In my situation there was nothing that could be done! Families in business stick together and if a non-family member goes against them they will push them out. I find that in this type of environment there is rarely room for advancement, poor raises, weak company policies, and feelings of insecurity. I hate to say it, but you may never feel like an equal working for this company.

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