The Role of Perception Essay

1951 Words Oct 25th, 2008 8 Pages
The Role of Perception

As we grow, and mature into what some would consider adults, we are told to make sure we know about our environment and make sure to “do unto others as you would have done to you”. In order to do this, you have to have a level of perception in which you are able to see things in ways that others may or may not. How do you see perception? On top of that, what is perception?
According to Kendra Van Wagner (UNK), “Perception is our sensory experience of the world around us and involves both the recognition of environmental stimuli and actions in response to these stimuli. Through the perceptual process, we gain information about properties and elements of the environment that are critical to our survival.
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Managers are supposed to make the best decisions possible for the business. Every decision made by a manager will affect the company in some way. If the wrong decision is made, it may affect the products and employees of the organization. Some things that can impact a person’s perception may be time, work settings, and social settings. What individuals perceive from their work situation will influence their productivity more than the situation itself”. By that statement alone, any person can see that anything that is seen differently within an organization can and usually does make conflicts occur and sometimes they cannot be remedied. There are positive and negative effects of using perceptive “shortcuts” when judging others. Those effects can also cause issues if not remedied or acknowledged before it gets to far into a person’s management position. Some examples of positive effects of perceptive “shortcuts” would be that of what is seen in an article by a screen name of Valerie found at AssociatedContent.Com (2007), in which she states that, “The positive effects of shortcuts when judging others occurs when one comes in contact with another one can show respect to the other person based on how the person appears; the age of the person; the gender of the person; and the nationality of that person. For example when one comes in contact with a priest one can assume that the priest will find profanity; using God's name in

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