In organizations, the advantages of having higher informal status relative to one's coworkers are well documented. This study extends research on status in organizations to analyze the status of one's coworkers as a factor that shapes all individual's own work experiences. In this field study of three organizations, naturally emergent informal status hierarchies in organizations were analyzed to examine independent effects of one's own informal status position, as well as the average status level of his coworkers, on the individual's work outcomes. Results show one's own status position positively relates to her performance and organizational commitment, and, after controlling for one's own status, the average status of his coworkers independently contributes to his or her performance, motivation, and organizational commitment.
"It's Who You Are and Who You Know: Relating Personal and Coworker Status To Individual Work Outcomes,"
Journal of Business & Leadership: Research, Practice, and Teaching (2005-2012): Vol. 8
, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholars.fhsu.edu/jbl/vol8/iss1/4