Helping Behaviors Can Hurt Career Advancement

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Executive Summary

She is the one going out of her way to help colleagues with heavy workloads. She is skilled at passing along information to others, orienting new employees, sharing expertise, listening to personal problems, taking action to prevent dilemmas, and voluntarily doing more than her job description requires. In her entirety, an "Organizational wife" takes on the invisible helping activities that assist colleagues, the department, and the organization - the outcome is that the entire system is more successful. The thought of this nurturing figure at work sounds comforting, but for the women playing this part, being an organizational wife comes with a cost.

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