Welcome, Guest: Join Nairaland / LOGIN! / Trending / Recent / New
Stats: 2,639,081 members, 6,175,578 topics. Date: Tuesday, 02 March 2021 at 01:43 AM

Would You Rather "work For Somebody" Or "work With Somebody" - Career - Nairaland

Nairaland Forum / Nairaland / General / Career / Would You Rather "work For Somebody" Or "work With Somebody" (3488 Views)

Fidelity Bank, Best Bank To Work For In Nigeria – Survey / Which Is Actually More Important, Your Degree Or Work Experience? / Masters Degree Or Work Experience To Work In Nigeria (2) (3) (4)

(1) (Reply) (Go Down)

Would You Rather "work For Somebody" Or "work With Somebody" by Mkpotu(m): 10:15am On Jun 17, 2010
A serious argument ensued in my office after we conducted an interview for new entrants into our firm, while some of the people interviewed said they will 'work for us', one or two persons said they will 'work with us'.

One of the interview team members rather saw the use of the word, "work with us" as form of pride and that such people should not be employed in the firm, while the others are of the view that they do not see something wrong in the use of the word 'work with'. Different people gave different interpretation to the words.

House, I just want to hear your opinion on this, as that will serve to stop the lingering employment crisis generated in my firm since after the interview yesterday.
Re: Would You Rather "work For Somebody" Or "work With Somebody" by AjanleKoko: 10:20am On Jun 17, 2010
Naija don come again!
There's really no difference. As far as I am concerned, employees are not slaves. They're working for a wage. So in effect, they are working with your firm.

The 'working for' is a silly ego trip; those your colleagues who said so, are they the owners of the firm? Which one be their own?
If you really need those people, you would not bother with silly semantics.
Re: Would You Rather "work For Somebody" Or "work With Somebody" by sayso(m): 11:21am On Jun 17, 2010
both looks attractive.
Re: Would You Rather "work For Somebody" Or "work With Somebody" by buchio7(m): 11:22am On Jun 17, 2010
na wah 4 all dese slave drivers masquerading as employers.
Re: Would You Rather "work For Somebody" Or "work With Somebody" by Angelfish1(f): 11:24am On Jun 17, 2010
I would prefer to say "work with" as it shows I'm willing to work as a team and not a slave.javascript:void(0);
Re: Would You Rather "work For Somebody" Or "work With Somebody" by OlayinkaL: 11:30am On Jun 17, 2010
i will rather be an employer than been an employee. but if i work wit somebody that means we are partners, that is not bad smiley
Re: Would You Rather "work For Somebody" Or "work With Somebody" by homerac7: 12:25pm On Jun 17, 2010
i stand for 'with'
Re: Would You Rather "work For Somebody" Or "work With Somebody" by fizzybaba(m): 1:35pm On Jun 17, 2010
work with and work for defined

work with: when someone says work with, such persons recognises him/her self as a professional who is coming to the add value to the system. Technically, it means both parties( employer and employee) are collaborating to achieve a goal.
However, it is an appropriate phrase to adopt when you are like a consultant and not a bloody employee on the payroll.

Work for: here, u humbly agree to be seen as an employee, on the payroll, working your butt to get paid. sefini
Re: Would You Rather "work For Somebody" Or "work With Somebody" by wazobiang: 1:40pm On Jun 17, 2010
Bros that question is out of context for people you are interviewing. They are coming for an employed job and you ask them if they prefer to be employed or not. What do you expect? they will say they don't want to be employed? so that you will show them the exit door? You will not get an honest answer from desperate people. Are your people even trained in body language or are you depending on the street smartness of your colleagues to guide you on the answers you get from these people. Abeg, try and ask relevant questions. Know what you are doing if you deviate from relevant questions. Don't waste their time, they got more job applications to write.

For your information people that are seen as proud sometimes may be people who are sure of themselves and their capabilities. Confident people. Any confident person will want to be self employed. They may or may not tell you that if you ask them that question in an interview. Their answer will depend on their character make up and factors like deceptive abilities, openness, desire for that job etc.

Don't let your company be so proud (funny enough) to ask job interview questions that are out of context and see people that want to be FREE as proud as a result.

You need proud people who are confident of themselves.

In fact let me tell you, everybody wants to be something even bigger than self employed. Everybody wants somebody else to their work for them. Don't you think so. Those that told you they prefer to be employed are liars. Don't take them. Remember that.
Re: Would You Rather "work For Somebody" Or "work With Somebody" by fredo648: 11:47am On Jun 18, 2010
work with and work for defined

work with: when someone says work with, such persons recognises him/her self as a professional who is coming to the add value to the system. Technically, it means both parties( employer and employee) are collaborating to achieve a goal.
However, it is an appropriate phrase to adopt when you are like a consultant and not a bloody employee on the payroll.

Work for: here, u humbly agree to be seen as an employee, on the payroll, working your butt to get paid. sefini

I think fizzybaba answered correctly to the question. It all depends on what interviewer want to achieve.
Re: Would You Rather "work For Somebody" Or "work With Somebody" by slyk2(m): 12:15pm On Jun 18, 2010
This is a test case!

Dont blame their language on them blame a school system that produces employees.

working with somebody is exceptional.
such a person has a lot to offer and will make a good team player.
Re: Would You Rather "work For Somebody" Or "work With Somebody" by Wallie(m): 2:17pm On Jun 18, 2010
I think there are subtle differences as one connotes a sense of equality and the other, a submission of will.

Work with – suggests that there is a mutual benefit to be derived from both parties and neither party has control over the other. If you say “work with,” you better be sure you have a lot to offer (business partners) as it sounds arrogant.

Work for – implies some level of submission of the interviewee.

Overall, I would think you want to sound humble but also let the interviewer know that you’re not just there for the paycheck and you do have something to offer.
Re: Would You Rather "work For Somebody" Or "work With Somebody" by manny4life(m): 3:45pm On Jun 18, 2010
fredo648:

work with and work for defined

work with: when someone says work with, such persons recognises him/her self as a professional who is coming to the add value to the system. Technically, it means both parties( employer and employee) are collaborating to achieve a goal.
However, it is an appropriate phrase to adopt when you are like a consultant and not a bloody employee on the payroll.

Work for: here, u humbly agree to be seen as an employee, on the payroll, working your butt to get paid. sefini

I think fizzybaba answered correctly to the question. It all depends on what interviewer want to achieve.

Yep he said it all. When one "work with" someone or a company, both entities are working together to achieve a common goal. Companies work together to achieve goals and objectives, Fortune 500 companies hire big 5 consulting firms who work with them to achieve a goal. However, an employee work for a company and "NOT" with a company. That phrase was totally wrong and I side with the interviewers who agree it was wrong. Although I agree it was wrong, but I disagree the person interviewed had any form of pride. Anyway that's what we call interview blunders that cause people a wonderful job; when you trying to impress not knowing you're even damaging.
Re: Would You Rather "work For Somebody" Or "work With Somebody" by Theblessed(f): 10:48am On Jun 19, 2010
In my view, it should be 'work with you'. 

Reason being that, it's much better to work with each other in partnership as we have one aim/goal for the Company.  Aside this, employees these days have stakes or are given the opportunity to benefit from the company's profits as well as have shares in them. 

Well, I don't know about yours and depending on what trade your Co. is in, if you are not given these opportunities then you might be in the wrong Co - check with your HR, first.

So, for me, it is 'work with' because together we stand.

(1) (Reply)

PGD In Eng(electronic &telecommunication) & Msc Physics Telecommunications / Skyrocket Your Career With This Skill(check It Out) / My Boss Is In Love With Me

(Go Up)

Sections: politics (1) business autos (1) jobs (1) career education (1) romance computers phones travel sports fashion health
religion celebs tv-movies music-radio literature webmasters programming techmarket

Links: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10)

Nairaland - Copyright © 2005 - 2021 Oluwaseun Osewa. All rights reserved. See How To Advertise. 82
Disclaimer: Every Nairaland member is solely responsible for anything that he/she posts or uploads on Nairaland.