Yes, it’s still certainly alive. As Charles said, it’s human nature, despite all the various controls government has put in place in the hiring process. An old supervisor of mine had a favorite; it was obvious to everyone in the office except the supervisor. During team meetings, she would falsely praise the favored employee for a project that someone else had completed. It was awkward and frustrating — especially when the favorite employee was also in the meeting and you’d have to interject with, “Umm, actually, I did that”. The supervisor was genuinely surprised and apologetic when corrected; it just seemed like she has already formed an opinion of the employee that was out of sync with reality. Is there any way to address the problem when the supervisor is oblivious?
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