What are the functions of Attitude in Organisational behaiviour ?

Attitudes are known to serve at least four important functions in an organisation setting:

  1. Attitudes determine meaning: Much of what is seem in the environment and in other people's behaviour is determined by attitudes. If one has a overall favourable attitude towards a person, one tends to judge his activities as "good" or "superior".
  2. On the other hand, negative attitudes or prejudices generally prompt disagreement with the individual concerned or failure to appreciate the good work done by him.

  3. Attitudes reconcile contradictions: It is not uncommon to come across people who hold contradictory opinions. With the proper attitude as a background, intelligent people can reconcile or rationalise the same actions, which to others are obvious contradictions. For example when a worker takes a little rest a superior considers it "idling".
  4. Attitudes organise facts: As already seen, objective events can be differently perceived by different people because of different attitudes. Meanings can be concocted and falsely communicated to others by changing the attitudes of the recipients towards wider social issues.
  5. Attitudes select facts: From the plethora of environmental facts and stimuli, onetends to select those, which are in consonance with one's cherished beliefs and attitudes. Attitudes, thus, act as a screen or filter.

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