New BYU study looks at the power of 'true believers' in the workplace

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  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    June 17, 2013 12:52 p.m.

    @ Kings Court

    Like you, I find many people with different viewpoints to be intelligent and interesting, but also allow myself to enjoy the intelligence of people who share some of my opinions.

    I've read a number of your comments and believe we share a similar world view. I hope you won't hold it against me that I find you intelligent and interesting.

    Thankfully, there are plenty of folks around us who don't seem to share those beliefs so we shouldn't be in too much danger of being swallowed up by homogeny.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    June 17, 2013 10:47 a.m.

    One thing to note, I learned this the hard way 14 years ago, but the employee should ALWAYS watch out for #1. Businesses will be loyal to the employee as long as it makes business sense. Once that is gone the employee will too.

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    June 17, 2013 9:24 a.m.

    Be wary of the worker who buys in lock, stock, and barrel to a corporate mission statement. Most corporations operate on a set of values that are inimical to the well-being of their employees. Those who buy in the most often do the most harm to others and, ironically, to themselves. If being a human resource is your idea of fun, go for it. Commodities of the world, unite.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    June 17, 2013 3:29 a.m.

    Telemarketer and scam artist depend on this strategy to entrap minds into narrow thought with limited futures. If this is news to BYU and the news media then they too have been living in this bubble and its a boring way of life. I think some college students did a class project not knowing that this kind of rule of law was so prevalent in the Utah workforce. The DN has picked up on it to argue free will and free choice and individual rights are evil attributes to support government oversight as a governments right.

    Using this same study it should have revealed that a company or business that has its workers focused on one goal as duty to its provider of pay, can be rewarded for their by meaningless plaques with meaningless achievements. A company that does not produce or manufacturer a product has no future and is why they die off quickly. Its a shame the minds get wasted on conformity and mundane company conrol jobs.

    Government is the only business that does not have to manufacturer a product or idea or promise for anything to be profitable.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    June 16, 2013 11:43 p.m.

    I bought in completely to my current employer but have been rebuffed multiple times in my attempts to climb. I'm becoming less interested in sticking around now since I view myself as not wanted. This survey seems shortsighted and limited, hardly newsworthy.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    June 16, 2013 10:40 p.m.

    "Yes, it's transactional. I make a paycheck," Bingham says the pharmaceutical employees were saying. "Yes it is relational. I get great support from the organization and get to hang out with like-minded people who are intelligent and exciting and interesting."

    I have never found like-minded people intelligent, exciting, and interesting. I like people who have different viewpoints but are passionate about their beliefs. Diverse people are exciting, not homogenous folk. When you hang out with likeminded people you tend to live in a smaller bubble and seek validation and conformity rather than learning to be open to new ideas or viewpoints. I think many people fear that their stolid beliefs might somehow get challenged, but that is what your best innovators are like though. You can't innovate well when surrounded by the same old crowd with the same old way of thinking. I could go on, but this professor has not convinced me of his philosophy.