CLOSEJohnny C. Taylor Jr., a human resources expert, is tackling your questions as part of a series for USA TODAY. Taylor is president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest HR professional society.The questions are submitted by readers, and Taylor’s answers below have been edited for length and clarity.Have a question? Do you have an HR or work-related question you’d like me to answer? Submit it here.Question: I manage a younger report that has been with the company for a year now. He repeatedly botches projects, turns in assignments late, and generally does not follow directions despite clear instructions and check-ins. Often, this person leaves myself and my co-workers scrambling to meet deadlines. We would terminate this employee except for one factor: he’s the son of the CEO. How should I handle this delicate situation? – AnonymousJohnny C. Taylor Jr.: This is a great question! And a delicate situation, indeed. It’s why many organizations have policies pertaining to nepotism.People getting hired based on who they know, rather than how they’re competent, affects workplaces like a poison. Efficiency falls and stress rises as other employees find themselves picking up the slack. And when employees see a privileged colleague repeatedly skirt accountability,


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