Explain the events in this case in terms of perception and attitudes

Organizational Behaviour

Explain the events in this case in terms of perception and attitudes

Case (20 Marks)

Dolly Daleja continued to drum her fingers on her desk. She had a real problem and wasn’t sure what to do next. She had a lot of confidence in Sunny Master, but she suspected she was about the last person in the office who did. Perhaps if she ran through the entire story again in her mind she would see the solution. Dolly Raheja had been distribution manager for Raheja Industries for almost twenty years. An early brush with the law and a short stay in prison had made her realize the importance of honesty and hard work. Raheja had given her a chance despite her record, and Dolly Raheja had made the most of it. She now was one of the most respected managers in the company. Few people knew her background. Dolly Raheja had hired Sunny Master fresh out of prison six months ago. Dolly Raheja understood how Sunny Master felt when Sunny Master tried to explain his past and asked for another chance. Dolly Raheja decided to give him that chance just as Henry Raheja had given her one. Sunny Master eagerly accepted a job on the loading docks and could soon load a truck as fast as anyone in the crew. Things had gone well at first. Everyone seemed to like Jack, and he made several new friends. Dolly Raheja had been vaguely disturbed about two months ago, however, when another dock worker reported his wallet missing. She confronted Sunny Master about this and was reassured when Sunny Master understood her concern and earnestly but calmly asserted his innocence. Dolly Raheja was especially relieved when the wallet was found a few days later. The events of last week, however, had caused serious trouble. First, a new personnel clerk had come across records about Jack’s past while updating employee files. Assuming that the information was common knowledge, the clerk had mentioned to several employees what a good thing it was to give ex convicts like Sunny Master a chance. The next day, someone in book keeping discovered some money missing from petty cash. Another worker claimed to have seen Sunny Master in the area around the office strongbox, which was open during working hours, earlier that same day. Most people assumed Sunny Master was the thief. Even the worker whose wallet had been misplaced suggested that perhaps Sunny Master had indeed stolen it but had returned it when questioned. Several employees had approached Dolly Raheja and requested that Sunny Master be fired. To her dismay, Dolly Raheja found that rethinking the story did little to solve his problem. Should she fire Sunny Master? The evidence, of course, was purely circumstantial, yet everybody else seemed to see things quite clearly. Dolly Raheja feared that if she did not fire him, she would lose everyone’s trust and that some people might even begin to question her own motives.

Answer the following question.


Q1. Explain the events in this case in terms of perception and attitudes. Does personality play a role?


Q2. What should Dolly Raheja do?


Q3. Should she fire Sunny Master or give him another chance? Explain your answer with reasons.


Q4. Explain the differing perceptions at Raheja Industries?

Explain the events in this case in terms of perception and attitudes


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