Networking with colleagues is often held up as essential to career advancement, but can often feel awkward and sleazy. There could be a reason for that beyond simple shyness: one Australian academic argues that networking is actually unethical.
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Business Insider reports on a recent speech by UNSW ethicist Dr Ned Dobos suggests networking means that the person who gets the job won't be the best-qualified, merely the best-connected:
If all goes according to plan, these people will take their fondness for the networker into account when making decisions that affect his/her career. That is precisely the point. If those decisions include the awarding of jobs that are the objects of competition, the networker will have successfully garnered non-merit-based favour.
Something to bear in mind if you're in a position to hire someone else.