The business world hails self-made men and women, yet managers at top firms rarely seem to grasp the value of hiring employees who’ve climbed the social ladder, according to an Academy of Management Review article.

“There is a tremendous amount of value that people who have been socially mobile, the class transitioners, can bring to their organizations, in terms of being the glue people in their cultures, said Sean R. Martin of the University of Virginia. “When there are cultural issues and misunderstandings, these people are highly likely to be the folks who can help everybody understand one another. That is an intangible value that might not always show up on paper, but it is of incredible value to organizations that want to improve things like social cohesion among their workers and having an inclusive work climate.”

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