|You made the right move by discussing this matter with your boss. However, if you simply complained about her favoritism toward her sister-in-law, itís not surprising that she reacted negatively. Rather than complaining, youíre likely to get further by letting your boss see how she can come out ahead by using a more equitable leadership approach. The idea is to help her understand that increased fairness can actually increase employee motivation, morale, and productivity, all of which will benefit her as well as the company.|
At the same time, the more fundamental question is why your organization would allow an employee to report to a relative. Companies today typically have policies that prevent this type of reporting relationship, and the main reason is to avoid the exact situation that you are currently experiencing.
If you find that your boss continues to reject your attempts at introducing more equity into the scheduling system, you and a few of your fellow employees should indeed meet with the HR representative. In such a meeting, you should spell out the facts, and then stop talking and listen to the HR representativeís reply. His or her response will let you know if such preferential treatment is somehow preferred in your company.