Over recent years, the topic of individuality has been on the rise. Kids are taught at a young age to pursue what you want, follow your passion, and to express yourself. This isn’t a new or revolutionary idea, but it has become more widespread and pervasive to our modern culture. While we are taught to be independent with our ideas or our motives, there is oddly a lack of independence when it comes to handling life decisions or tasks. America scores a radically higher individualism score than the rest of the world. This is something that has demonstrated itself in my personal life that is worth sharing.
Being from America, the individual idea that we have has directly influenced the way that I view the world. I wouldn’t argue that I’m a selfish person, but I do look out for myself in many ways before I’ll look after others. This has demonstrated itself at my work. I work for a corporation called Paylocity. We are a fast growing payroll company that is extremely diverse. We have programers, consultants, IT, and many other departments filled with people that have different cultural backgrounds.
In the few short months that I have been working at Paylocity, I have seen my drive and self pursuit directly contradict a few of my close coworkers. One competency that I score high on is career ambition (Saunders, 2012). My ambition for growth, development, and ultimately self-gain is incredible high. I pursuit leadership positions, higher pay, and more work experience. I’ve seen this individual pursuit effect the perception from my other team that doesn’t have this same drive for self gain. One of my coworkers in particular that I work directly with is completely opposite. He is from Mexico which has a score of 30, as apposed to 91 that the United States has. He is content in his role not looking for much growth or self gain.
Interestingly, this pushes us to a similar place from two different approaches. We both try to help the team, build into others, and establish relationships with peers. Much of my motivation is for recognition and to be seen by the leaders around me. His motivation is purely to help the team and help them succeed. I am cheering on others, and genuinely hoping for their success. But my motivation at work is to build into my career and establish myself as a successful resource at work.
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Saunders, L. (2012). Identifying Core Reference Competencies from an Employers’ Perspective: Implications for Instruction. Retrieved April 24, 2015, from http://crl.acrl.org/content/73/4/390.abstract