Preparing students for workplace hierarchies

October 11, 2017

Universities tend to encourage students to dress however they want and to openly criticize authority figures, yet some thinkers have asked how this environment prepares these students for the hierarchies of the working world. Scott Carlson writes that this transition can be difficult both for new graduates and for the people employing them. Quoting an NYU professor of management and organizations, Carlson notes that “human beings are kind of built to be pretty hierarchical creatures. … Even if you try to suppress it in the workplace, interpersonally and within groups, hierarchies still take shape.” Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)