Group Behavior: Social Loafing

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Lesson 4 mentioned that, “Every group has different basic characteristics and properties. There are norms, different statuses, and sizes of group, cohesiveness and social loafing. The benefit of group decision making is you get more voices and more perspectives. The downfall is when there is a conflict with determining who is in charge.” It also states that, “A group is defined as two or more individuals that is interacting and interdependent, who have come together to achieve particular objectives.” At my previous employer, my department was a formal command group consisting of six members, in which my team and I reported to our manager. We each had different roles; however, we still had group projects and goals that we had to meet. …show more content…
Social loafing is defined as the tendency for individuals to expend less effort when working collectively than when working individually (Robbins and Judge, 2009). At my former employer, recruiting was an essential responsibility for the entire Human Resources Department, thus perfect attendance was necessary. I recall having a co-worker that had problems with attendance. One person having attendance issues affected meeting targets for hiring, it placed an extra workload on our department, and as a result, the department morale was low and there was less engagement. When team members have to work on a challenging task, as is often the case in student assignments, it becomes even more important that all team members contribute to the team’s task (Chen & Kanfer, 2006). It was hard to hit the targets without everyone contributing their part. "Good use of reference, supports the …show more content…
Deviant workplace behavior is a voluntary behavior that violates significant organizational norms and, in doing so, threatens the well-being of the organization or its members (Robbins and Judge, 2009). The deviant workplace behavior was a major threat to my team, as well as the organization. My manager was rude, demanding, and disregarded the team because he felt like we were incompetent and held a lower role than him. His behavior often made it impossible for the group to have good morale, which led to a lack confidence in the office. The cohesiveness of the group was affected. The group lacked motivation and this caused a consistent decline in overall and individual performance. "Quite good and

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