The Ups and Downs of the Workplace
Within almost every organization there is a hierarchy among the employees based on position, title, role, and function. In some sense, hierarchical distinctions create a class system in the workplace. Unlike other issues of diversity, class in the workplace is largely unacknowledged, causing some employees to feel like "somebodies" and others to feel like "nobodies." While rank is a necessary tool in the management of organizations, rank-based mistreatment can result in lower levels of job satisfaction and performance, and lower levels of loyalty and commitment to the organization. Everyone deserves to work in a climate of dignity and respect.
Ingram, P. D. (2006). The Ups and Downs of the Workplace. The Journal of Extension, 44(3), Article 2. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol44/iss3/2