Friday, March 25, 2016

Workers more likely to help those with way higher or lower status

A new study seems to show that you are more likely to help someone several rungs down or above you--but not right near you in status.

Robert Lount, assoicate prof of management and human resources at Ohio State, coauthored the research. (Academy of Management Discoveries--online).

The sweet spot for helping seems to be someone at modertate distance from you in status, he says.

The notion is that someone near you in status poses more of a threat to you.

But helping people far below or above may take more time and impact your own job performance.

I wondered--would this finding affect mentoring or explain it?

Of course, they did some studies on this...I won't go into the details.

The profs were quick to point out that this did not mean  most people would refuse requests from coworkers near them in status.

But it might mean it is not a good idea to assign a newcomer to someone who was recently hired.

I don't know--what do you think?

I think a worker would be quick to help someone way above them...but would they help say, another level employer collate copies? It seems kind of bogus to me. Yet--people do recognize threats and respond accordingly.

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