Social loafing and social compensation: the effects of expectations of co-worker performance.

@article{Williams1991SocialLA,
  title={Social loafing and social compensation: the effects of expectations of co-worker performance.},
  author={K. D. Williams and S. Karau},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1991},
  volume={61 4},
  pages={
          570-81
        }
}
Previous research has suggested that people tend to engage in social loafing when working collectively. The present research tested the social compensation hypothesis, which states that people will work harder collectively than individually when they expect their co-workers to perform poorly on a meaningful task. In 3 experiments, participants worked either collectively or coactively on an idea generation task. Expectations of co-worker performance were either inferred from participants… Expand
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