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Husband and Wife in the Workplace Resulting in an Uneven Power Base
I work in a close, busy environment with other health professionals, clients and their friends and families.
A couple have been working in our unit for a few years. It seems to me that having a man and wife working together has not been good for morale of most of the other staff in the unit.
This couple seems to have disproportionate power, in that they back one another up and they simply make decisions without regard to others. Other staff have "joined" this couple, and so there exists a situation of some in the loop with power and some outside the loop without power.
All sorts of things have happened, such as taking leave without it being recorded; using the workplace vehicle for private purposes; going to lunch together regardless of the needs of the unit.
I have looked on the internet for information about power abuses by couples who work together in the workplace.