The definition for nepotism in the Merriam-Webster
dictionary is 'favouritism in the appointment to a job based on kinship', whether family or friends – something Communications Minister Dina Pule will be familiar with by now.
Because last year, Pule's alleged lover, Phosane Mngqibisa, was said to benefited improperly from the ICT Indaba conference to the tune of R6 million, says FSP Business.
Now, Mngqibisa, is believed to have orchestrated the appointment of friends and family to key organisations under Pule's portfolio.
Pule says she is the victim of a "politically motivated smear campaign [that] is characterised by people throwing mud at her in the hope that something will stick", reports iAfrica
Worried about similar claims of favouritism when you start recruiting new employees?
It's easy to avoid similar claims of nepotism in your business.
Clearly explain your company's views on nepotism to avoid being taken to the CCMA for claims of unfair discrimination!
All you have to do is put in place a business code of conduct that makes the professional standards you expect in your business clear, says FSP Business
You'll need to explain all areas that would be seen as a conflict of interest, such as if your employees' romantic relationships start having an impact on your business.
Having a clear business code of conduct in place will make sure you and your employees are doing the right thing when 'no one is looking', says The Labour Bulletin
Prevent favouritism when recruiting new employees by putting an anti-nepotism policy in place
You'll also need to make sure you're objective when recruiting new employees based on referrals from existing employees, and establish anti-nepotism policies to avoid unfairness and favouritism in the workplace, says FSP Business
An anti-nepotism policy will help you avoid claims of unfairness in the workplace down the line if you state upfront whether your company allows relatives to work in the same department or not, says The Labour Bulletin
So implement an anti-nepotism policy today, train your employees so they understand what it means when it comes to recruitment of their friends or family, and you'll be sure to stay out of the CCMA for claims of unfair discrimination or favouritism when recruiting new employees!