Tuesday, June 14th, 2022

Special Treatment

“I am a product of nepotism. I don’t think I would have had the profession that I’m in currently if it wasn’t for my dad.” – Jeff Bridges

It’s an old story in the business world. The boss’s son has joined the firm/business.

The “other” employees cringe but they are willing to give “the kid” a chance. They fear the son will get special treatment. It is a wait-and-see mode for a while. Sometimes it works out well and sometimes it does not. I have observed it going both ways.

I lean towards some sort of nepotism restrictions. But, in an accounting firm, unless it is very large, it is difficult for a partner not to have some direct working relationship with their child, wife, mother, husband, or other relatives.

A common story is the managing partner’s son has just been hired. He is a newbie but unlike other newbies, he pretty much does as he pleases. He arrives late, takes extended lunch breaks, and leaves early. Even if his work is outstanding, the little things make a huge difference to his peers. Discontent escalates.

On the other hand, I have observed fathers/mothers, sons/daughters, and husbands/wives working together effortlessly to grow the firm without any discontent from co-workers, and the firm flourishes. Some of the most successful firms I have encountered are family firms.

My point for today is for you just to remain aware and watch for any signs of discontent.

  • "Nepotism exists everywhere."
  • Nidhhi Agerwal

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