The Pygmalion Effect: Influencing Employee Behavior


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Which of these is an example of the Pygmalion effect?

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1. Which of these terms is considered synonymous with the Pygmalion effect?

2. Sandra's boss has a high opinion of her and believes that she has the potential to some day work in management. Which of the following would NOT be involved in Sandra's experience of the Pygmalion effect based on her boss's expectations?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Students who want to test their knowledge of the idea that people act in accordance with expectations can use this quiz/worksheet to help. It will ask questions about how this idea can be applied to the workplace, its principles, and its function in the business world.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students who take this quiz/worksheet can expect questions on these topics:

  • The term used for the idea that people modify behavior to meet expectations
  • Four principles related to the idea that people act in accordance with expectations
  • How managers form expectations
  • The influence of positive and negative ranking in employee performance reviews

Skills Practiced

The quiz/worksheet will help students improve these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - read and pull the most important information about expectation from the accompanying lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify the definition of main phrases, like the term for people acting in accordance with expectations and a phrase synonymous with the term
  • Information recall - use information about the four principles to answer questions
  • Knowledge application - pull information about expectations and the influence of positive and negative ranking in the workplace

Additional Learning

Students who want to know more can take a look at the related lesson, The Pygmalion Effect: Influencing Employee Behavior. It will help students achieve the following:

  • Understand the necessity of cause in the Pygmalion effect
  • Identify the four main principles of the Pygmalion effect
  • Define performance review
  • Learn how to influence behavior in the workplace using the Pygmalion effect