- Let’s be real: Your boss probably has a favorite employee.
- And it could be you, if they constantly ask for your input and allow you to take risks.
- Experts say that if you suspect you’re getting special treatment, keep it professional and talk to your boss if it’s interfering with the team’s work.
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Favoritism is alive and well in the workplace.
“Given the complexities involved in relationships at work and the myriad of factors that determine how much we like someone or respect their talents, it’s simply human nature that we are going to — no matter how subtly, and despite our best intentions — play favorites,” says Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of “The Humor Advantage.”
Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job,” agrees. She says there’s often a fine line between bosses who appreciate an employee’s good work and want to empower the person with more projects, and bosses who favor that employee to the detriment of others.
“If bosses are brazen in practicing favoritism, they can seriously hurt team morale and increase turnover — not to mention cause legal trouble by creating a hostile work environment,” Taylor says.
Plus, she says, the more you’re singled out and given special treatment, the more risk associated with securing the cooperation you need from your team. “It can put an overall strain on your productivity because your work should always be the focus,” Taylor says. “Your office is not a popularity contest — and when it is, your days of glory can be fleeting.”
If you suspect you’re being favored, take a second to feel flattered — then stay humble, remain professional, and talk to your boss if things get out of hand.
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