Professor Nathan Pettit's co-authored research on the impact of status in the workplace is featured
— April 8, 2016
Excerpt from PayScale.com -- "The results of this research indicate that when co-workers are at the same status level, they are less likely to support one another than when they have a little more distance between them. Perhaps this is because these employees feel competitive with one another, or they feel that it wouldn't be fair to them and their time to help someone who is in roughly the same place as they are. Similarly, when someone's status is very distant, they are less likely to help out as well. There is, however, a kind of sweet spot where co-workers are most likely to support one another and offer help – a moderate status distance."