Social Loafing, and interesting Social Psychology research question

September 3, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

 

Excerpt from Social Psychology by  David G. Myers

A key job in a pickle factory once was picking the right

size dill pickle halves off the conveyor belt and stuffing them into jars.

 

Unfortunately, workers were tempted to stuff any size pickle in, because their output was not identifiable (the jars went into a common hopper before reaching the quality-control section).

 

Williams, Harkins, and Latané (1981) note that research on social loafing suggests “making individual production identifiable, and raises the question: ‘How many pickles could a pickle packer pack if pickle packers were only paid for properly packed pickles?’”

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