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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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