From the classroom to the workplace: Peer Pressure

According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, ‘peer pressure’ can be defined as the influence that a peer group, observers or an individual exerts that encourages others to change their attitudesvalues, or behaviors to conform the group norms.

A person affected by peer pressure may or may not want to belong to these groups or norms. Generally peer pressure is assumed to be only centrally located in the classroom between minors, but unfortunately this isn’t the case. Workplaces today are becoming more and more team focused and generally an employer will hire staff with similar values and attitudes which thus make up a “corporate culture” and all the employees share in that culture. But when a staff member comes on board and finds it difficult to mellow in to that culture and then starts feeling pressured to do so, for example being invited out for “regular Friday evening drinks” or taking part in lotto syndicates. So peer pressure doesn’t just stop in the classroom, unfortunately it extends into the workplace too.

The sad thing is, employees, may feel that are obligated to perform things out of what they are comfortable doing, and like I said earlier, it may be Friday night drinks or a male/female colleague asking you out on a date. Peer pressure generally occurs when the fine line between ‘professional’ and ‘personal’ become blurred.

The unfortunate thing is that peer pressure at work is hard to identify and there are no laws against ‘workplace cultures and norms” so simply put, if you are having trouble fitting in with your colleagues and are finding yourself succumbing to peer pressure, either speak directly with your manager in a confidential setting, or start looking for another job.


Author: Matthew Coppola, Managing Director of Client Centric.

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Published by Matthew Coppola - Career Coach, Employment Specialist and Professional CV Writer

Holding a graduate degree in Commerce, majoring in Economics at Curtin University, as well as a post graduate certificate in Career Education and Development at RMIT University, Matthew brings with him many years of experience working in the fields of business development, marketing, soft-skills training and employment services industry. He has gained significant exposure in working with employers in sourcing staff as well as assisting jobseekers in promoting and marketing themselves to employers and securing sustainable employment outcomes. He is currently working in Disability Employment Services where he assists clients with mental health disabilities in finding and keeping satisfying and gainful employment and helping them overcome and work around barriers to employment. He has helped many job seekers secure employment by training and coaching them in the art of being interviewed and giving the interviewer a positive and lasting impression. He knows how to sell and market a job seeker to an employer and he imparts this knowledge to his clients in helping them sell and market themselves in an interview. Matthew regularly writes new articles on a variety of employment related topics and posts these to his personal website blog

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