Nepotism: Wrong for the Workplace?

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Gill Corkindale, a writer for Harvard Business Online, discusses nepotism in the workplace. A few years ago she found out that a new, inexperienced colleague at her newspaper had been made her boss. The reason for his seemingly effortless rise to the top was that he's the editor's nephew. Some managers say nepotism is good for the workplace, because we're hardwired to look after our family and friends. But it conflicts so fundamentally with the basic American values of egalitarianism and merit that some companies have instituted formal anti-nepotism codes. Corkindale speaks with Steve Inskeep.



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