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Dealing with Bosses and Coworkers/Little incentive to do a good job?


Could you pls advise what I can do in this case?
I'm a departmental head at at finance company.

Recently our CEO created a new position in charge of four departments, including mine. The person chosen for this position is the CEO's nephew, which led to talks of nepotism.

After three months, I'm not the only one who feel resentment about the way our jobs are assessed. If the performance of one department goes down, then the head would be criticized. That is fair enough, if only that head is recognized for the department's good performance. Instead, the new person (CEO's nephew) would be credited for every good performance, while he is spared if something goes wrong.

This creates little incentive for me and other people. We think we would have to keep trying hard without any proper recognition. Any good thing would only help that person's career.
Is there anything I should do?
Thank you


Sorry, but I don't think that I have enough information to help. If you or your direct supervisor will be criticized if you do a poor job, that is definitely incentive to to a good job -- even without the recognition for a good job. Certainly, it is not ideal, but few things in the business world are going to be perfect.  One of the things that you can do is to be the person who gives positive feedback to your boss and coworkers when they do well, even if the big boss doesn't. Perhaps they will respond in kind.  If you try to go over the nephew's head, it will end badly.  Another thing that is important is to not let your self-worth be dependent on someone else's recognition. If you know you are doing your job well and someone else gets the credit, it is not exactly fulfilling, but it you can take satisfaction in a job well done.

Wish I had better news for you.

Doug Staneart

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Doug Staneart can answer questions about gaining cooperation from, motivating, and influencing coworkers and employers. He is also an expert on how to avoid and resolve conflicts as well as other issues dealing with long term business relationships.


Doug Staneart has been a speaker and trainer for over ten years specializing in public speaking, leadership training, and team building. Doug is CEO of The Leader?s Institute® (Team Building Events) based in Dallas and author of the books 40 Ways to Influence People and Fearless Presentations. He has accumulated over 2700 hours of classroom coaching and training with over 400 of the Fortune 500.

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