When the Going Gets Tough, Do the Tough Ask for Help? Help Seeking and Power Motivation in Organizations.

@article{Lee1997WhenTG,
  title={When the Going Gets Tough, Do the Tough Ask for Help? Help Seeking and Power Motivation in Organizations.},
  author={Lee},
  journal={Organizational behavior and human decision processes},
  year={1997},
  volume={72 3},
  pages={
          336-63
        }
}
Individuals do not seek help, even when help is needed and available, because help seeking implies incompetence and dependence, and therefore is related to powerlessness. It was hypothesized that gender, status, and organizational norms affect the importance of maintaining and accruing power, which in turn affect help seeking behaviors. A laboratory and a field study showed that there was more help seeking between equal-status than unequal-status individuals. Further, both studies revealed that… CONTINUE READING

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