In 2020 one term i. e. Nepotism was insanely used by media houses and  common people around the Country. Diverse of opinions expressed in the talk shows, panel discussions regarding the ill effects of Nepotism upon freshers  of any industry. In this Article I will try to analyse what nepotism is and how it effects the society.

What is Nepotism?

Nepotism refers to the unfair favouritism shown towards relatives or personal friends by those in power, against co-workers or the deserving candidates. The unfair privileges are given due to the relationships of closeness rather than their abilities. It is derived from an Italian word, nepotism that is again derived from a Latin word Nepos that means nephew.

The term nepotism originated when catholic popes and bishops started assigning their nephews to cardinal positions back in the 14th century. This was because the popes and bishops had taken vows of chastity and had no offspring. So, they gave their opportunities to their nephews.

Consequences of Nepotism

Although there are consequences of nepotism a pro of this act can create stability and continuity in the organization and this will refer to more family owned businesses. Continuity because if it family owned, the business will continue by passing from generation to generation. Stability because, there will be succession planning which can result in the company being successful. On the flip side of the coin, the consequences out weigh the pros of nepotism.

It creates dissatisfaction among employees. When employees are dissatisfied they may have a feeling that their hard work and dedication are not accepted or recognized by the organization. Nepotism can also result in the company losing proficient employees. This can in turn affect the organizations goods and services. Nepotism can also cause fraud in the organization. In addition, family members may bring their conflict into the workplace. Employees may not be able to separate home and work life. This is most seen in cases where husbands and wives work together and may find it difficult to work together. This may cause a decrease in the morale among staff members. A total breakdown in communication can result because of this, which will trickle down to other employees within the company.

Inequity of employees is another issue resulting from Nepotism. Because of this factor, employees tend to show their dissatisfaction by low production of work which has attributed to issues in the work place in terms of upholding discipline among employees. Discipline is an issue because employees believe that since there is no justice in the organization there is no need to follow any policy or procedure. Breach of confidentiality is another consequence of nepotism. This will occur because of the lack of loyalty among employees.


In my opinion Nepotism is good when you support & encourages other talented people also in the business, no doubt a lawyer will always hand over his business to his sin or daughter similar things happen in another fields. But Nepotism becomes dangerous when one stops someone deserving from the position to maintain their personal relationship. Atlast I can conclude by saying that do give chance to new creative minds, aspiring individuals don’t create intentional hindrances, let’s work and grow together in a healthy environment.

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