We should work on that
Sun May 27, 2018 19:51

One function of elitist societies obsessed with genealogy was to provide opportunities to its members based on family connections rather than personal abilities. Holland’s opinion of that method of advancement was unsurprisingly low. People should network by positively representing themselves to others, not by relying on the accomplishments of successful ancestors for self-promotion. Very few relevant work skills were hereditary, so why assess someone by whether they came from a “good family”? It unfairly denied opportunities to those born into less privileged situations, and was unlikely to help an employer build the best possible team.

Holland could identify reasons why one might want to hire a relative. It increased your own status within the company if your relative performed well, might improve your relationship with that relative, and kept money within the family, if you were the owner of the business, which Danny’s grandfather was. However, if Holland were in charge of a company, they would want to hire an experienced candidate with references based on the quality of their work. This was running a business, not planning a garden party; you shouldn’t just select people you liked personally, or who you wanted to help out for whatever reason.

As Danny listed the qualities that would make him a good candidate for a job, Holland couldn’t help grinning. “Six Outstandings? Someone’s counting his dragons before they’ve hatched,” they teased, although it wasn’t difficult to believe Danny would get perfect grades. He usually tested well. Holland agreed that Danny’s resume fit the position, but their issue wasn’t with the job itself: the issue was that he’d been personally invited to take the position by someone who had never worked with him in a professional capacity. A connection like that should at most qualify you for an interview, not an automatic offer. If the offer had been made after he’d completed his internship, it would be less problematic, but that wasn’t the case.

Furthermore, Danny was a partial owner of Cirrus, not just an applicant. As such, he had an obligation to the company his grandfather had built—and to the employees who were supported by it—to make decisions that were in Cirrus’ best interest. Was arbitrarily passing over potentially more-qualified applicants in favor of someone with a personal connection in the best interest of the company?

“No,” Holland agreed, and then continued pointedly, “but does being related to the CEO mean you deserve that opportunity?” They served themself salad from the bowl on the table, and added grilled chicken to their plate from another dish. “I agree that this would be a good opportunity for you, and that you would be a fine candidate for the job, but you’re also not so qualified that it justifies you skipping the normal hiring process.” An unrelated applicant wouldn’t encounter scrutiny that they might not have fully met the company’s hiring standards; the same wasn’t true for Danny. That might not bother him, but Holland felt compelled to point it out. “You’re just going to have more to prove than an outside hire would, because your coworkers will assume you’re only there because your grandfather owns the company.”

  • We have that in common - Danny, Sat May 26 16:03
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    • We should work on that - Holland, Sun May 27 19:51
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        • We could just graduate - Holland, Tue May 29 15:03
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            • I think we made the most of it - Holland, Tue Jun 5 14:26
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              • We gave it our best - Danny, Tue Jun 5 16:39
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                  • Astronomically high - Danny, Thu Jun 7 16:33
                    When Holland moved to sit near him, Danny at first felt foolish that he’d let his idle concerns become known to them. Worrying about them meeting someone else wouldn’t help: nothing that Danny did... more
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