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Dealing with Workplace Favoritism

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The best companies with the greatest employee engagement are those where workers are treated fairly. Our own Robby Slaughter’s guest post for Today’s Workplace covers an common aspect of fairness at work: dealing with favoritism.

To quote from the post:

To understand the best way to handle this kind of situation, we need to gain some perspective on the culture of work. An office, a school, or other facility is filled with social relationships, but these connections are not the reason the place exists. The primary purpose of a business or a non-profit is to advance the mission of the organization. Although we do want people to get along, we don’t want our workplace relationships to become so overwhelming that derail the company.


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Slaughter also notes the origins of favoritism:

It might seem like having close relationships at the office is inescapable. In fact, the Gallup organization includes a question about having a “best friend at work” as one of their key factors for predicting highly productive workgroups. We are social creatures, and we like to make connections. Part of having friendships in our personal lives is helping people, doing favors, and listening when the need our support. These are all positive aspects of healthy relationships.

For more information, visit the workplace fairness blog.

Workplace Fairness is a non-profit organization helping to preserve and promote employee rights. The Workplace Fairness website provides information about job rights and employment issues around the country and in all 50 states. It is for workers, employers, advocates, policymakers, journalists, and anyone else who wants to understand, protect, and strengthen workers’ rights. Their goal is help make the American Dream a reality for all working people.

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