THE DISADVANTAGES OF INFORMAL GROUPS
1. Resistance to change:
An informal group has a tendency to evolve its own work, methods and procedures. Any threat of change to these procedures is usually resisted because this is seen as a threat to the existence of the group/organization.
Informal groups may engage in rumours which can be destructive to the organization.
Informal groups encourage conformity by group members thereby inhibiting critical evaluation capabilities of its members. Sometimes they may limit production levels of members and those who exceed set levels may be dubbed rate busters.
4. Informal groups increase the time required to complete activities since obedience to orders is not automatic.
5. Role conflict.
The quest for social satisfaction of group members may move the organization away from goal attainment i.e. the demand for 11/2 hrs of lunch break results into reduced productivity for the organization.
6. Informal groups encourage negativism and hence result into frustration and lack of motivation by its members.
7. Informal groups generate interpersonal and group rivalries that may result in conflict in the organization. Managers have no power to abolish informal organizations. They must try to understand their good and bad qualities and deal with it intelligently to serve the organizational purpose.