All of us have been a victim to favoritism at work. Favoritism means exactly how it sounds. Sometimes we’re not aware when work favoritism occurs to us. Have you lost a promotion because of favoritism?
There’s a famous phrase that permeates throughout the office and in our everyday lives. The term is”It isn’t what you know, but who you know.”
As a young man I refused to think favoritism at work happens. I didn’t know I was naive.
I quickly learned that favoritism is rampant in some work environments and easily concealed.
Favoritism=the showing of special favor.
Favoritism related words
Cronyism and Nepotism are specialized terms.
How can favoritism relate to these terms?
While cronyism and nepotism are closely related to favoritism they describe the sort of favoritism.
Cronyism=describes showing favoritism to friends or acquaintances.
I know you have heard of the term Good Ol’ Boys. The term cronyism derives from this behavior. It’s gone on for centuries.
A fantastic example of this behaviour is when politicians return favors to people who helped them get elected. The politician offers a position to one of his friends or he relaxes legislation to help his coworkers.
Do you think cronyism is ethical?
Do you think cronyism is how things get done in Washington D.C.?
nepotism=refers to the favoritism shown to relatives. The expression comes from the Latin term nepos meaning nephew.
I almost expect to eliminate a job to a relative. It might not be fair but companies are smart enough not to show they hired a person because of nepotism.
I’d hate to work for the boss’s son or close relative.
The majority of the time it will be you who gets reassigned to another job if a problem arises.
Can you name a different environment where favoritism happens?
How do we fight favoritism?
Do you think that there are good reasons for showing favoritism?
The bottom-line is that regardless of what degree of favoritism; if it is based on race, gender, religion it’s illegal. The EEOC has legislation protecting us against office favoritism.
If you feel you are a victim of workplace favoritism, you need to file a grievance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The E.E.O.C. accounts for all discrimination in the workplace. Be sure you check with your job to determine if you have a local representative.
The agent can help walk you through the grievance process or help you solve the problem.
Keep in mind that nobody can stop you from filing a grievance with the EEOC. If you’re discouraged from submitting, then you might have another lawsuit.
If you’re uncomfortable speaking to a co-worker you may get in touch with an EEOC counselor.
Do we expect favoritism at work?