Chapter 15

the process of transmitting information from one person or place to another
the process by which individuals attend to, organize, interpret, and retain information from their environments
perceptual filters
the personality, psychology, or experience-based differences that influence people to ignore or pay attention to particular stimuli
selective perception
the tendency to notice and accept objects and information consistent with out values, beliefs, and expectations while ignoring or screening out or not accepting inconsistent information
the tendency to fill in gaps of missing information by assuming that what we don't know is consistent with what we already know
attribution theory
a theory that states that we all have a basic need to understand and explain the causes of other people's behavior
defensive bias
the tendency for people to perceive themselves as personally and situationally similar to someone who is having difficulty or trouble
fundamental attribution theory
the tendency to ignore external causes of behavior and to attribute other people's actions to internal causes
self-serving bias
the tendency to overestimate our value by attributing successes to ourselves (internal causes) and attributing failures to others or environment (external closure)
putting a message into a written, verbal, or symbolic forms that can be recognized and understood by the receiver
the process by which the receiver translates the written, verbal, or symbolic form of a message into an understood message
feedback to sender
in the communication process, a return message to the sender that indicates the receiver's understanding of the message
anything that interferes with the transmission of the intended message
vocabulary particular to the procession or group
formal communication channel
the system of official channels that carry organizationally approved messages and information
downward communication
communication that flows from higher to lower levels in an organization
upward communication
communication that flows from lower to higher levels in an organization
horizontal communication
communication that flows among managers and workers who are at the same organizational level
informal communication channel
the transmission of messages from employee to employee outside of formal communication channels
communicating with someone for the direct purpose of improving the person's on-the-job performance or behavior
communication with someone about non-job-related issues that may be affecting or interfering with the person's performance
nonverbal communication
any communication that doesn't involve words
movement of the body and face
the pitch, tone, volume, and speaking pattern (silences, pauses, or hesitations) in one's voice
communication medium
the method used to deliver an oral or written message
the act or process of perceiving sounds
making a conscious effort to hear
active listening
assuming half the responsibility for successful communication by actively giving the speaker nonjudgemental feedback that shows you've accurately heard what he or she said
empathetic listening
understanding the speaker's perspective and personal frame of reference and giving feedback that conveys that understanding to that speaker
distinctive feedback
feedback that disappears without any intention of being helpful and almost always causes a negative or defensive reaction in the recipient
constructive feedback
feedback intended to be helpful, corrective, and/or engaging
collaborative discussion sites
web or software based discussion tools that allow employees to ask questions and share knowledge
televised/video-taped speeches and meetings
speeches and meeting originally made to a smaller audience that are either simultaneously broadcast to other locations in the company or videotaped for subsequent distribution and viewing
organizational silence
when employees withhold information about organizational problems or issues
company hotlines
phone numbers that anyone in the company can call anonymously to leave information for upper management
survey feedback
information that is collected by surveys from organizational members and then complied, disseminated, and used to develop action plans for improvement
a personal website that provides personal opinions or recommendations, news summaries, and reader comments