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Individuals with high self-esteem will take more risks in job selection and are more likely to choose unconventional jobs than are people with low self-esteem. 52 The most generalizable finding on self-esteem is that low SEs are more easily influenced by external factors than are high SEs. Low SEs are dependent on the receipt of self-esteem The degree to which individuals like or dislike themselves. php# positive evaluations from others. As a result, they are more likely than high SEs to seek approval from others and more prone to conform to the beliefs and behaviours of those they respect.

Elements in the surrounding environment influence our perceptions. For instance, it might be entirely appropriate to wear shorts and T-shirts in a social setting, but not appropriate in a work setting. 34 Part 1 Understanding the Workplace Therefore, your interpretation of the same clothes will vary with the context. Similarly, you are more likely to notice your employees goofing off if your manager from head office happens to be in town. Your employees may be acting as they always do, but it is the situation that affects your perception.

According to a popular literary anecdote, F. Scott Fitzgerald engaged in stereotyping when he told Ernest Hemingway, “the rich are very different from you and me,” implying that the wealthy have values and behaviour unlike regular people. Hemingway’s reply, “Yes, they have more money,” indicated that he refused to generalize characteristics of people on the basis of their wealth. Generalization, of course, is not without advantages. It helps us simplify a complex world, and it permits us to maintain consistency.

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