This, I feel. Is the best definition of “Peer Pressure” – “influence on a person by other people who are about the same age on in the same class.”
Taking this definition, how does peer pressure exist in the workplace. Where often there is a very varied age range. I am the youngest person working in this company and know that most others are in their late 20’s and early 40’s maybe older. These I wouldn’t consider to be of the same age, or class. Or even the same peer, we were born in almost different generations and as a result have grown up in different lifestyles with different goals and agenda’s.
I have recently been working on a project for the company. At the beginning of this I told them that I was not an expert in the area they had asked and may not be able to achieve their desired results. What I am working on is technically not in my job description and as such I do not feel any pressure for it to be perfect. I laid down the guidelines and said I would do my best to achieve optimal results.
Here’s where things start to go wrong, I have consistently refused to bow to peer pressure so I feel a slight tension and wonder what the best course of action is/was. My CEO was speaking to me about the project and I explained I was working on the bugs and small details and would let him know when they had been resolved. In a half jokey way he said that he was being pressured to have the project finished in good time and needed me to work out the bugs sharpish. I told him straight that I put my hands up and didn’t know when it was going to be finished and he would have to wait, he then went onto say that I didn’t want to lose my reputation as a man who got things done. My reply was to say I didn’t need a reputation because im good at what I do, but promised I would work on the project and do what I could.
A few hours later after completely ignoring the project (It was stressing me out) I realised that I now felt a pressure to perform in an area I specifically said I could not achieve expert results.
I know my limits. Now its 3 days later and because the pressure is there to work on something I am even less inclined to do so and have decided to ignore it for a week before delving back into lines of code trying to work out bugs.
It’s almost like being back at school and having the pressure to perform well in a class where you know you have limited attention span. Doing homework and practising for exams. Maybe I just don’t like authourity and pressure.