Shaping the perception in the work place

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Perception is a psychological process of observation and
interpretation. It is the process through which individuals receive
stimuli from the physical world. It involves using senses to
acquire the information about the surrounding environment or
situations and making interpretations accordingly. What is
perceived in a way is revealed to behave in a particular way. It
gives rise to understand the aspect that the same world is
perceived differently by different people – that is to say - the
world is not the same to every one since each of us will have
varying views about the world. It would be appropriate to say
that every individual lives in his or her own perceived world which
is different from the real world.

Perception differentiates between individuals. A multicolored arc
in the sky is just a rainbow to a common man but a poet has
greater capacity to receive sense impressions about it to express
his powerful feelings. The great poet Wordsworth was such an
individual whose heart leapt up with joy on beholding a rainbow
and he expressed his feelings of his own accord about the
rainbow. Similarly, a lay man would say about moonlight to be its
own but the one who has knowledge would tell that the moon
does not have its own light, it is the reflected light transformed
from the sun. In a poetic expression – a rose to thee, o, my
friend is just a source of fragrance, but to me ‘tis inspiration’s
that I am enthused to serve the world. However, the distinction
and the uniqueness of individuals is contingent on what they
perceive about environment or situations.

Just as the perceptual process taking place between situations
and behaviors of the individuals is significant in every walk of life,
it is of great relevance to organizations as the situations being
perceived bring about particular reactions resulting in either
improving organizational performance or weakening it.
Inappropriately perceived situations lead to contrary
consequences creating misunderstandings. A situation may be
overstating or understating one’s professional image. Due to
misinterpretation, a personality is either portrayed wrongly which
results in spoiling one’s reputation and status, or it is represented
exaggeratedly with a view to gaining professional advantage.
Capable employee may be regarded as incapable, competent as
incompetent and vice versa. Unless the person who has position
power over subordinate does not figure out his subordinate’s
behavior and read him accurately in the light of truth, the layers
of perceptual distortions will remain same causing adverse
effects.

Perception is vitally important element as its theory underlies
certain set of ideas and principles, in the sense, to determine the
individual behavior on the basis of this cognitive process. As an
illustration, to a manager, an employee who works efficiently but
needs a bit more time to accomplish his tasks may be the one
who does his job with accuracy and carefulness but the same
employee to another manager may be regarded to be slow in his
performance. In fact, both managers are right in their opinions as
they form them based upon what has been perceived. So, the
fact that lies in the main is people react to the perceptions rather
than reality.

There are various factors by which perception is influenced. The
need and the desires of a person play a vital role to influence his
perception. It depends upon the personality of a person that how
he accepts the situations and perceives them. So, the personality
of a person is a factor to influence his perception. Furthermore,
the experience and knowledge have a lot to do with what is
perceived. Nonetheless, what may be construed is not to be
overwhelmed by perceptual deformations in order to perceive the
situations properly, but the need is to overcome perceptual
distortions,shape and improve perceptual abilities.

There can be substantial benefits and positive results if
perceptual abilities are made better. One would be able to
interpret the situations accurately. The justifications may be
made on the realities rather than what is perceived incorrectly
and the factors governing the situations would be considered as
they should be. The layers of misunderstandings can be
evaporated swiftly. Every individual at all times wants to establish
his good image to others but due to perceptual distortions it is
understood differently. So, a person whose image has been
represented wrongly or different from what it is in reality; whose
reputation has been eclipsed by the layers of misinterpretations
or wrongly perceived picture, would be comprehended in the light
of fact and genuineness if the perceptual abilities are developed.

Attention must be focused as to what is implicit in the
development of perceptual abilities. The same can be briefly
outlined herein. There is a need to avoid forming an opinion
about an individual unless he or she is read properly. It gives rise
to have balanced and unbiased outlook else it will result in
perceptual distortion. More to the point, it is the fact that the one
who understands himself well can understand others
appropriately. As it goes in the words of Maslow, “Self-actualizing
individuals have more accurate perceptions about themselves
than those who are not self-actualizing.” Further, it is said
generally, to understand the situation of another person one must
live in his shoe. That is, to think what you would do if you were to
be at his place. It is worth mentioning here the translation of a
verse of anonymous Urdu poet - which is analogous to the
context that “Do not form any opinion about me seeing my
circumstances, as my circumstances will change, so will your
opinion.”

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Description: Shaping the perception in the work place Perception is a psychological process of observation and interpretation. It is the process through which individuals receive stimuli from the physical world. It involves using senses to acquire the information about the surrounding environment or situations and making interpretations accordingly. What is perceived in a way is revealed to behave in a particular way. It gives rise to understand the aspect that the same world is perceived differently by different people – that is to say - the world is not the same to every one since each of us will have varying views about the world. It would be appropriate to say that every individual lives in his or her own perceived world which is different from the real world. Perception differentiates between individuals. A multicolored arc in the sky is just a rainbow to a common man but a poet has greater capacity to receive sense impressions about it to express his powerful feelings. The great poet Wordsworth was such an individual whose heart leapt up with joy on beholding a rainbow and he expressed his feelings of his own accord about the rainbow. Similarly, a lay man would say about moonlight to be its own but the one who has knowledge would tell that the moon does not have its own light, it is the reflected light transformed from the sun. In a poetic expression – a rose to thee, o, my friend is just a source of fragrance, but to me ‘tis inspiration’s that I am enthused to serve the world. However, the distinction and the uniqueness of individuals is contingent on what they perceive about environment or situations. Just as the perceptual process taking place between situations and behaviors of the individuals is significant in every walk of life, it is of great relevance to organizations as the situations being perceived bring about particular reactions resulting in either improving organizational performance or weakening it. Inappropriately perceived situations lead to contrary