Wednesday morning thoughts


There was a bit of a thread through yesterday that had me thinking.

Dealing with someone who first tried to hire a friend for their department, then forced our company to hire the friend to work on their contract has been extremely stressful. When their executive manager discovered this there were all sorts of meetings and apparently a formal warning as this is directly against their code of conduct. Of course it is all my fault (don’t ask how).

Talking to a youngster at the video rental shop last night he asked why I was looking so stressed. I explained a bit of the background, and he was surprised. He thought helping your friends, family and acquaintances was the right way to do things. I explained I may put a friend in touch with a company if I felt there may be value for both in an association of whatever kind. But I would never push the issue, except maybe to get the friend to at least go for an interview as sometimes people get stuck in a mental rut and need some help to get themselves out of it.

He feels that is so wrong. Helping friends is what he called it. He thinks if he can buy a qualification a buddy will get him a job in a government department.

I tried explaining that if you own the business you can hire friends, but if you work for an organization you may not do that.

Still no understanding from him.

Maybe it throws some light on the cronyism and nepotism we see all over. Maybe there really is no understanding of why it is wrong to ignore tender and hiring processes and rules for independence in decision making. People just don’t understand anything except the need to look after their people.

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19 thoughts on “Wednesday morning thoughts

  1. Different sets of values, for sure. A widespread conception. Same as with ‘the Chief’ being entitled to grab what he wants – ergo, the nest-feathering in Government is fine.

    1. understanding a different culture can help us all bring the elements together and make sense. only that was and not by just denigarting others can we start to make sense together

  2. I hadn’t ever thought of it like the Col’s comment. Now all becomes clear, BUT… to change a whole value system…? Now I understand why JZ is okay in their eyes. This always flummoxed me in the past!

    1. it does explain so much. the whole structure of control, having people act as advocates for the ones deserving the next step. in those structures, you now those younger than you, watch their progress, then you are in a position to ssist them when they are ready for the next stage in their lives

  3. Culture on not, the problem with jobs for pals is that you do them and many others a disservice if you place them in a position for which they are unqualified and ill-equipped. Helping one person at the expense of the many others they are supposed to serve should not be considered acceptable in a developing democracy.

    1. It has had very bad consequences for us. But until we discover the mindset and how it worked in traditional societies we can’t learn how to make it useful to us today.

      After all we could use it to enhance the apprentice system, a senior who has had a junior to work for and with them is the best judge os their capabilities.

    2. It has had very bad consequences for us. But until we discover the mindset and how it worked in traditional societies we can’t learn how to make it useful to us today.

      After all we could use it to enhance the apprentice system, a senior who has had a junior to work for and with them is the best judge os their capabilities.

    1. The skill requirement is so much more specialised in a modren setting, than in a traditional rural culture. with generations excluded by colour and not by lack of skill, we have to heal the whole society, one step at a time

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