This essay will investigate the effect of of employment upon a person's core values and ethics. Values and ethics are socialised into a person through institutions such as family, education and religion. Workplaces are encountered later in life once a persons identity with values has already developed. I choose this area of research because within my micro world I was surprised about how diversely people with different occupations behave as with peoples with the same occupation behave similarly.
I hypothesis that workplaces will have a positive or negative influence upon a person’s values dependant on the culture of the workplace and that adults will be more susceptible to this influence than a teenager. An adult’s identity and socialisation is deeply interconnected with their occupation which is why I believe that they will cooperate more with a change of values even if it conflicts with their own due to pressure from management or social pressure to be accepted into the culture of their co-workers. Workplaces aren’t the main institution of socialisation for teenagers so the influence will be lesser but still existent.
I have employed an interview and a questionnaire and intend to conduct a focus group as a part of my research. An interview explores the idea or experiences of an individual through the guided direction of planned questions and obtains qualitative data. A questionnaire is a series of pre-determined questions, both open-ended and close ended to gain quantitative and qualitative data. A focus group is a group where a topic is given and the researcher coordinates the discussion. A focus group will provide qualitative data and information on personal experiences. These methodologies are advantageous to my research due to the qualitative data that they together can provide valuable information about peoples experiences within the workplaces and how it has shaped their values.
My chosen cross culture is age. I will be contrasting teenagers and adult and the effects employment has on their values. As a teenager this cross cultural will enable me to empathise and respect the working adult and understand the differences they experience within institutions and the institutions impact. As a teenager who is not actively working this topic and cross-cultural will provide me with an understanding to why persons behave the way they do.
Continuity and change will be investigated through how todays adults experienced working as a teenager and how working changed their values as a teenager. Employment institutions in the past will be investigated and how they have remained or changed over time through industralisation and modernisation.
This PIP journey will enhance my investigative skills through the synthesis and analysis of primary and secondary research. It will expand my socio-cultural literacy with being able to empathise and understand other individuals within society without prejudice.
I chose to conduct a...