textbook suggest perception as “Inherently interpretations we make about what
we see, hear, taste, smell and touch, a subjective reality, rather than an
objective one that could be interpreted the same way by all social actors.” (Arvinen-Muondo
& Perkins, 2013, p. 55).
my previous job, we had two supervisors who had different opinions about the
loyalty of a coworker. One day he made a comment, which for me didn’t do
anything, but one of the supervisors took it differently. For me, the
individual was subjectively judge based on the manager’s perception. The
supervisor selectively perceived the employee to be insincere, while the other
one selectively perceived that the employee was still loyal and a good person.
This decision was based on perception of the two managers.
long time ago, in one of my first job experiences, I used to deal with a boss
who stereotyped people based on the background of the person, culture, and
others. He was a retired veteran, and according to what I saw, being 30
something years in the Army affected his person tremendously. One day, a Muslim
woman went to an interview with him for a job. He asked her a million
questions, and he looked at her bad the entire time. After she left, he said to
us that “he would never employ a Muslim person because he doesn’t like them.”
Obviously, he created a negative impression about her just by seeing her
because she belonged to this particular religious group. I think it was very
wrong and unprofessional to express himself like that in front of the other
employees that were there. This was a very small company; we were five
employees plus him, I never saw any anti-discriminatory policy or any
employment manual. It is essential for an organization to have this for every
person to see.
my last job, my manager and I had a good relationship. I know what happened in
this example because she told me about what she thought she did wrong. One
occasion, she was hiring people for a new position, one of the applicants made
a good connection with her, and she liked one aspect of this person, and she
automatically thought that she would be the perfect fit for the company. Because
my manager had one or two things in common with the interviewee she projected
herself to be similar to the applicant in every way thinking that it would be
the best fit for the company. This generalization of a whole based on a single
perception is called halo effect, and it is one of the frequent errors of
perception. My supervisor hired her, and after two months, the interviewee left
the job because she didn’t like it.
Arvinen-Muondo, R., & Perkins, S. (2013). Organizational
Behaviour (pp. 51-71). London: Kogan Page