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A fifth dimension is related to the significance of status, or more accurately, the attitude towards status: ‘Do you work for it or is it given?’ In some societies, status is accorded to people on the basis of their actual achievements. In other societies, status is ascribed to them by virtue of age, gender, education or class. Trompenaars makes a distinction between achieved status and ascribed status. In the achievement orientation, people are appreciated and rewarded for the things they do and achieve, based on skill and knowledge. In the ascription orientation, people are respected for who they are, based on their experience and past record.