The way organizations operate make climbing the economic ladder more difficult for employees from lower-income families, according to an Academy of Management Annals article.

“It’s important to be aware that organizations are designed without people from poorer economic backgrounds and socioeconomic mobility in mind. But because organizations are among the key forces impacting society today, to create the kind of society we want, we need to make organizations more inclusive to people from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Simple changes by organizations can create great social value,” said Marko Pitesa of Singapore Management University.

“To create equal opportunities, societies focus on education. People don’t think very carefully, or at all, about organizations being places that should provide socioeconomic mobility and opportunities for people who just happen to be born poorer,” Pitesa said.

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