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.