Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Some of the Worst Career Advice You Will Ever Get #Science

Hiding your true self at work can damage your career and reduce your sense of belonging in the workplace, a new study suggests.

University of Exeter researchers examined "stigmatised" characteristics - being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), or having a history of poverty or mental or physical illness.
They found that concealing such characteristics from colleagues resulted in lower self-esteem, job satisfaction and commitment at work.

"People may choose to conceal stigmatised identities because they want to be accepted, but in fact doing so reduces feelings of belonging," said Professor Manuela Barreto of the University of Exeter.

Phys.org: Hiding true self harms career and sense of belonging

All of that sounds peachy for a Pride parade but do the same thing with your political or religious beliefs and they will burn your wretched carcass in the parking lot while they dance and chant around the fire at lunchtime.

That final in going to the corporate world with any expectation of a 'feeling of belonging' is straight out of a Doctor Spock coloring book.  That has zero basis in reality when corporations are almost invariably strongly conservative and your best answer remains the same ... make like a chameleon.

In response to that need and for your personal protection, we have the discovery of three new species of chameleons.  (Phys.org:  Team discovers 3 chameleon species)

Kinyongia itombwensis (Itombwe Forest Chameleon). Credit: Eli Greenbaum, Ph.D.

Disadvantaged youth who believe that the American social system is fair develop lower self-esteem, engage in risky behaviors, and are less attentive in the classroom over the course of middle school, finds a study led by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

The findings, published in the journal Child Development, are the first evidence that young people's beliefs about the fairness of the system predict important developmental factors.

"For youth disadvantaged by our social and economic system, believing it is fair can have long-term negative ramifications across a range of outcomes," said Erin Godfrey, assistant professor of applied psychology at NYU Steinhardt and the study's lead author.

Phys.org:  Believing the system is fair predicts worsening self-esteem and behavior for youth

The above applies to anyone since I thought the system was generally fair and the consequence is I was ripped off in major ways by insurance companies multiple times to the accompaniment of great hooting.

Silly me ... I believed the bullshit about America.  Obviously I don't anymore but I was already impoverished by then (larfs).


Anonymous said...

Your old man's favorite comment
Life is unfair

Peas InOurThyme said...

He made more a joke out of that than anything else. The lessons he tried to teach didn't work so well and the better ones were from just watching.