Adolescent experiences and adult work outcomes by Henrich R. Greve

By Henrich R. Greve

This quantity of study within the Sociology of labor begins with a deceptively easy query of, "Do occasions and studies in the course of early life impact the paintings results of people once they achieve adulthood?" whereas before everything look basic, the query has a variety of theoretical and functional implications, that are coated in a compelling set of contributions. the quantity includes new and exploratory research  Read more...

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One needs to understand the orientations of each other in order to act in a shared manner. The hardest moment was the first week of our integration with all the other volunteers. It was not easy taming each other knowing that we were all so different. When joining Helping Hands I was expecting to find people like myself, with the same goal, when in fact we all were very different, with each one of us [carrying] desires of our own. In response to an open-ended survey question asking members to recount the best and worst moments during their volunteer period, the majority (65 percent) mentioned learning to get along with team members and to handle the diversity of the team.

These results, we argue, stem in part from members’ initial gravitation toward a single component of the organization’s identity and their subsequent inability to fully recognize and reconcile its dual identity. Performing community service and helping others while being groomed for the future via lectures, internships, and re´sume´ workshops may be a confusing dual focus for members, particularly when the vast majority joined to affiliate with only one of Helping Hands’ two identities. Tensions between members (Golden-Biddle & Rao, 1997; Glynn, 2000; Zilber, 2002) and within individual members (Foreman & Whetten, 2002) have been previously noted in multiple identity organizations, and have been shown to affect identification with the organization.

34 MICHEL ANTEBY AND AMY WRZESNIEWSKI Mixed Organizational Outcomes The founders and staff of Helping Hands aimed to develop young people who would embrace the values of civic participation and continue to participate in civic activities and serve others after having found themselves. This goal was a defining feature of Helping Hands’ identity. Such behavioral and attitudinal outcomes depend, in part, on the relationship forged between members and the organization. To assess Helping Hands’ success at fulfilling this aim, we measured the strength of members’ civic values, identification with the organization, and level of civic participation prior to entry and after exit.

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