Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you a
Computer / IT professional?
Join Tek-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!
  • Students Click Here

*Tek-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here


Phrases That Signal Workplace Hierarchy

Phrases That Signal Workplace Hierarchy

Phrases That Signal Workplace Hierarchy

Phrases That Signal Workplace Hierarchy


Hierarchy fundamentally shapes how we act at work. In this
paper, we explore the relationship between the words people
write in workplace email and the rank of the email's recipient.

Good Luck
To get the most from your Tek-Tips experience, please read
FAQ181-2886: How can I maximize my chances of getting an answer?
Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools because they have to say something.  - Plato

RE: Phrases That Signal Workplace Hierarchy

Fascinating, especially the word tree diagrams.  I certainly did not find anything particularly surprising, as I worked many years in a fairly rigid hierarchy.  However, the precise technical analysis was very interesting.

RE: Phrases That Signal Workplace Hierarchy

I agree, fascinating but not surprising.  I would even go as far as to postulate that the language used reflects both the power AND dependency level between the individuals.  Of course, these two factor determine the type of work relationship you build with that person and this in turn would tend to be expressed in a certain manner.

RE: Phrases That Signal Workplace Hierarchy

Though fascinating, it leaves an open question in my mind...

how large was the company that these emails came from?

basically, I would suspect a rather large company where the employees are usually not face to face with the bosses, than a smaller company, where the boss and the employee know each other closer...

"If it works don't fix it! If it doesn't use a sledgehammer..."
How to ask a question, when posting them to a professional forum.
Only ask questions with yes/no answers if you want "yes" or "no"

Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Tek-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Tek-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Tek-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Tek-Tips and talk with other members!

Close Box

Join Tek-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical computer professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Tek-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close