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    status threat

    Please help me understand the following in red.

    Status is about relative importance, pecking order, or seniority. People go to great lengths to protect or increase their status. Status is so important, it even predicts longevity, both in humans and primates. Status threats can also be triggered very easily. For example, just talking to your boss can activate a status threat. When a co-worker asks to give you "feedback," that too can trigger a status threat.

    What I'm not sure is how and why "just talking to your boss" or "a co-worker asking to give you "feedback"" can be a threat to your status.

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    Re: status threat

    This discussion on status is all about being in your "place."

    A worker would not speak to the boss; it would be considered a challenge.

    To ask for opinion or feedback would be too familiar or an attempt to enter into a dialogue.


    The Downton Abbey series on PBS television is a great illustration of status roles in society during the 1800's.

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    Re: status threat

    I would like to think that in the 21st century, there are very few companies in which an employee seeking to speak to their boss places them in some kind of jeopardy.

    I can see how a co-worker (of the same level/grade) attempting to give you "feedback" wouldn't be welcome but only because feedback is generally given from a higher grade to a lower grade. In my previous job, they tried to bring in 360-degree feedback where an employee got feedback from their boss but was also encouraged to give feedback about their boss. Sadly, few people took advantage of it because they were concerned that any negative feedback would not be graciously accepted by their boss and could cause problems.

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    Re: status threat

    Thank you all for the help.

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