Smiths absence is highly consistent it is a low

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Unformatted text preview: bsent a lot in his previous job. Jones—Jones is absent a lot, her co-workers are also absent a lot, but she was almost never absent in her previous job. Kelley—Kelley is seldom absent, his co-workers are seldom absent, and he was seldom absent in his previous job. Just what kind of attributions are managers likely to make regarding the absences of Smith, Jones, and Kelley? Smith’s absence is highly consistent, it is a low-consensus behaviour, and it is not distinctive, since he was absent in his previous job. As shown in Exhibit 3.4, this combination of cues is very likely to prompt a dispositional explanation, perhaps that Smith is lazy or irresponsible. Jones is also absent consistently, but it is high-consensus behaviour, in that her peers also exhibit absence. In addition, the behaviour is highly distinctive—she is absent only on this job. As indicated, this combination of cues will usually result in a situational attribution, perhaps that working conditions are terrible, or that...
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