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I love you, but....

Lately, it seems, nepotism has reigned supreme in my workplace. Every time we need additional employees to plunk out electronic health record forms for one of our new clients' systems, we hire an existing employee's husband, boyfriend, cousin, or ex-girlfriend. My immediate supervisor has her entire family here, it seems. Her boyfriend was a good addition. He was hired to be our new network IT admin and he knows his stuff. I can't honestly say any of the new additions have not done OK in their jobs, it's just a little weird.

All the more so since we have already run out of space to put the new employees and the Powers That Be are making the newbies bunk up with their respective family members in their cubicles. I, for one, would not want my S.O. sitting in a 6x5 cube with me all day long. Talk about too much togetherness. And lately, my aforementioned immediate supervisor has been sharing a cube with her daughter's boyfriend, the father of her grandson. Essentially, that is is his mother-in-law. OMG. Her daughter also works for the company, but at home with the baby. She used to work here in the office and she'd bring the baby to work with her, and it would be grandma, mama, and the baby in the cube together. Srsly. I think the PTBs were racking their brains trying to come up with a job the baby could do.

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midnightsjane
Mar. 18th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
Wow, nepotism at work for sure. I think I'd rather keep personal and work life separate..imagine having to spend 8 hours in a tiny space with someone you're pissed off at for not cleaning the bathroom at home or something. Not conducive to good employee relations!
masqthephlsphr
Mar. 18th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this is pretty much an employee conflict waiting to happen.
a2zmom
Mar. 18th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
That's strange. most firms have strict rules against family members working together much less being stuffed into the same cube.
masqthephlsphr
Mar. 18th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
It's a small company. Not a lot of "policies" in place.
spiletta42
Mar. 18th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
As someone who spent many years sharing a small office with her mom, while also working with a mom/son-in-law team (who hated each other), a husband-wife team (who were newlyweds and acted like it), and a father-son team (who also hated each other, but more silently), I'm weirdly glad to know we weren't entirely unique. For a year and a half in the early 90's, I sat at a desk between my mom and my sister-in-law -- that was probably the most irritating, because they'd discuss family stuff over the top of my head while I tried to work and ignore them.

When the business was sold, the new owner tried to institute a "no fraternization" policy, which was a completely hilarious failure. I should dig that out and post it sometime, their were some wildly wrong word definitions in the body of the thing that provided great entertainment at the time.
masqthephlsphr
Mar. 18th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
No fraternization--like no friendships/relationships outside the office? Or even in the office?

So much for the company bowling game. And the company poker game. And a bunch of other company off-hours socializing I don't participate in 'cause I'm not friends with these people outside the office.
spiletta42
Mar. 18th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
The rule was "no social contact" with any other employees, clients, potential clients, or anyone related to any employees, clients, or potential clients. We made a Venn diagram proving that meant we weren't allowed to have lunch with anyone who lived within 200 miles and knew anyone who had a job, and ignored the policy until it died of natural causes.
cornerofmadness
Mar. 19th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
ugh
masqthephlsphr
Mar. 19th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
For the most part, it's pretty invisible. But the sight of that poor kid who's 19 if he's a day sitting is his girlfriend's mother's cublcle just made me feel for the guy.
cornerofmadness
Mar. 19th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
yeah i can understand that
chicken_cem
Mar. 19th, 2010 05:04 am (UTC)
Everytime I've worked somewhere like that, it always ends in tears. People hire their friends and relatives and then play favorites and the next thing you know, there's bloodshed.
masqthephlsphr
Mar. 19th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
Well, the office manager who gives his cousin assignments doesn't sign his paycheck or evaluate his work, so they are at least aware of this. The other family members do not work under their relatives.
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