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Problems Created by Informal Groups - Group Dynamics

   Posted On :  18.05.2018 07:17 am

The informal leaders may turn out to be a troublemaker for the organization.

Problems Created by Informal Groups
 
Negative attitude of informal leaders: The informal leaders may turn out to be a troublemaker for the organization. In order to increase his influence, he may work against the policies of management and manipulate the behavior of his followers. Thus, he can be a source of conflict between the management and the workers. He may induce the followers to work against the interests of the organization. If such a leader is promoted to the rank of an executive, he may turn out to be a work shirker and an arrogant and autocratic boss.
 
Conformity: The informal group exerts strong pressure on its members for conformity. The members may become so loyal to their group that following the group norms becomes a part of their life. This implies that members become subject to willful control of the group leader who may lead the group towards selfish ends.
 
Resistance to change: Informal group generally have a tendency to resist change. Change requires group members to make new adjustments and acquire new skills. But groups want to maintain status quo. Sometimes, groups react violently to the proposed changes being brought by the management
 
Rumor: Informal communication may give rise to rumors. This is not desirable from organization’s point of view. Rumors originate for a number of reasons. Maliciousness, employee’s anxiety and insecurity are the prominent reasons.
 
Role Conflict: Every member of the informal group is also a member of the formal organization. Sometimes, there may be role conflict. In such a situation, group members may conform to their social norms. And if an individual member wants to follow the formal instructions of his boss, he may be snubbed by the informal leader and compelled to conform informal group norms.

 

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