The fact that people are always judged for their actions and behavior could be one of the biggest problems in an organization. Stereotyping is a fixed notion of people, coming up with their own assumption and judgment even before giving the respective a chance to explain the reason for both their actions and behavior. Stereotyping is a closure in which each individual blocks the opportunities of what people really are. People often take in all the information they feel most comfortable with and then close up.
Thus, stereotypes are formed.
There are many different kinds of stereotype that can go round in an organization. Such as gender, sex, status, etc. All these are formed because people are not open-minded enough to accept the fact that all human beings are different in their own way. There are still organizations that possess high masculinity in this generation where the men have more mobility compared to the women. In such an organization, they do not believe that women are capable of performing as well as men in the same task.
Thus, women are not given the equal opportunity to excel. Yet, what these organizations have failed to understand is that, both the male and the female have their own good points in their work ethic. Research shows that men are more assertive, women are more cooperative; men are focused, specific and logical, women are holistic, organic and wide-angle. However before they come to a realization, the women would have already left the organization due to feeling taken advantage of and unfairness.
Another very common stereotype, which is found not only in organizations but also in the society, would be sexual orientation. Up till today, gays are still constantly being judged in our society when they actually make up 11% of the world’s population and are still growing. The few reasons why people discriminate against gays is because they do not understand why they choose to behave this way and they feel ashamed. Despite that, neither do they give the gays a chance to explain their actions and behavior thus they just choose to make an assumption of their own and put them down because they are “different”. However, there are some countries that actually legalize gay marriages and are at the advantage because the gays would definitely move there as they have found a place that accepts them for who they really are without being judged.
For organizations to be successful, they have to learn how to be more open-minded about such sensitive issues. They must be able to accept and deal with diversity. Respecting an individual for who they are is very important for relationship bonding as it promotes trust that will definitely result in better teamwork.
How much influence does stereotyping have on an organization?
* To find out the many different types of stereotypes that can be found in an organization. * To determine the cause of stereotyping and how they are linked to the success of an organization. * To identify ways to reduce stereotyping and how to motivate employees.
Getting information from the people on the job has always been the best way for overcoming a problem as it all starts from them. Therefore getting feedback is important. Firstly, managers can occasionally conduct meetings with their employees and have them voice out their unhappiness. Secondly, managers must try to understand the reasons for their employees’ unhappiness so as to be able to work on them. Lastly, the organization must be able to present their employees with benefits that can motivate them to work harder.
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