Saturday, February 23, 2013

Nepotism in the Workplace

If you have never encountered Nepotism in your career---then you are very fortunate. Nepotism is sometimes a two way street---with relatives who are very dedicated workers and do not expect any favors---just the opportunity to work and be a team player.

And, then there are the relatives from another planet---who never get to work on time, take days off whenever they please, not a team player, who thinks they can goof off all day and do very little work. Relatives who visits and talks to friends on the phone excessively. Or friends that just happened to drop by in a very busy office where others are doing 110% to get their job completed.

Now if the owner/manager thinks this is going unobserved---think again. Everyone is either thinking or gossiping about it. Which means---not only is the lazy relative getting paid to do very little or nothing---but now the employees are taking time to gossip about it.

I know this really makes the hard working employees feel exasperated--- and many who get disillusioned with the working environment of Nepotism go to other jobs. And, many update their resumes and start looking for a better place to work.

Now if you like what you are doing in this workplace---here is my suggestion to you:

1.     Keep your mind on your own work and let others gossip if they feel the need. Remember, what you say can be twisted around and carried to the very person everyone is gossiping about. Keep your thoughts to yourself---do not share your opinion(s) with anyone other employee.

2.     You are still getting a paycheck for what you do. And, do not think the owner/manager is not watching what each employee is doing. Stay in your office/area/ or where ever you work and do your job.

3.     One might think they know the reason a relative was hired---but I can assure anyone that you probably do not know. Nor, will you ever know the real reason.

4.     It is none of your business. Do not get involve in office politics and do not socialize with the office gossips.

5.     Be pleasant and converse with fellow workers---but do not share your opinion and do not stay around people who are gossiping.

6.     Your purpose for this job is to be paid for the duties you are responsible in executing. That and only that---this is not High School so you do not have to fit in with every group.

7.     Be happy each morning to go to work---only worry about yourself and your job. Everyone else can do the same or not---you do not worry about what anyone else is doing---nor should you feel the need to share why you are not gossiping.

To maintain and keep the office in the productive mode calls for a savvy employer/owner. All employers and owners should be aware of employee issues in the workplace.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Employee Handbooks are Professionally Needed

It pains me to point out what we see and are a witness to in some offices where the employees evidently do not have a “Employee Handbook” where it states the dress code for the office personnel.

I visited a local bank in a small town in Florida and a female employee had on a low cut dress with her ample breast bubbling over in full view of anyone who wanted a look.

How the President of the bank did not speak up or send her home to change is beyond me. And I was told later this was her normal mode of dress. I was informed she was a supervisor and I still wondered---how could a professional business like a bank allowed this to go on. And I do hope this will be taken care in the future.

My bank experience was almost as bad as the local electrical company in a small town where I paid my aunt’s electrical bill for her one month. I went to the front counter and the only person there was cleaning lady in a big shirt and jeans---at least I thought she was---until she came to the counter and asked if she could help me.

It turned out she was the secretary for the city and again there must not be an “Employee Handbook” because a couple more women came in dressed in a super casual manner and went to their desks. It creates a big question in one’s mind about what is happening with the professionalism of the companies in small towns and even cities in America.

I have always said if the people in a company or business dress in a sloppy manner---then I suspect their work is also sloppy. If you do not care about your appearance then why would you care about the company that has hired you? And what about your duties are you also sloppy with them?

Supervisors, Managers and Owners should wake up and take a look at your own business and how your employees dress. Do they dress in a professional manner? Has your business been effected by the unprofessional conduct of your employees?

If you walk into a business and everyone is dressed in nice suits and/or dresses it makes you want to spend your money more with this company. Why?  Because you trust a company the employees are dressed for in a professional manner, because they care about their jobs enough to dress for them---therefore---they will care about giving you the best service as their customer service skills are more professional.

Give your company a “Professional Report Card” and see what grade you give them. Does your company have an “Employee Handbook?” If not maybe you should think about getting one. Because sooner or later something will come up in a legal manner and since your do not have an Employee Handbook stating what is expected from employees; and have them sign a form before they begin work. Stating they have fully read the handbook and agree with it. If this is not done then you will not have a legal leg to stand on to support the case.