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Under Pressure by Maria Katsarou, Denis Sartain

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Work relationships

Work relationships are many and varied and become sources of stress when the politics of mistrust occur within an organization. In our work with companies who have graduate-recruitment schemes, we’ve seen fresh-faced recruits become downcast with the challenge of trying to figure out how to manage upwards and sideways, i.e., their line managers and peers, respectively. As the lowest things on the food chain, finding out about the importance of relationships is crucial for their survival and longevity. Getting it wrong can mean missing out on a plum job in a much desired area.

People higher up the food chain face similar challenges with the leadership style of superiors. The degree to which they involve their employees in decision-making, ...

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