Question description

Working With Employees: An I/O Commentary on
Real World Problems
This required
Portfolio assignment will give you experience observing and interacting with
people outside of the classroom. It has been designed to provide you
with the opportunity to develop skills, synthesize knowledge, and integrate
learning in a real world setting. This assignment accomplishes that goal by
challenging you to:
· 
Conduct
a 30-minute, semi-structured interview with a manager
· 
Identify
common challenges and issues that arise in the workplace
· 
Evaluate
strategies for addressing these challenges
· 
Integrate
your findings with evidence-based literature from journal articles,
textbook, and additional scholarly sources.
Objective: This assignment is designed to help you
identify common problems that managers face when dealing with employees, and
the solutions that managers use in an attempt to solve those problems. This
assignment will also give you an opportunity to evaluate the efficacy of the
solutions from a practical perspective and from the perspective of research in
Industrial/Organizational psychology.
Step 1: Identify someone in your community who is a
manager. This should be someone who is responsible for recruiting and/or
selecting employees, supervising employees, and evaluating employee
performance.
Step 2: Conduct a 30-minute interview with the manager. In your interview, be
sure to cover the following questions:
· 
What are some of the common problems that you
have experienced with employees? Be sure to steer the discussion toward
relevant topics such as recruitment, employee selection, employee motivation,
employee training, job attitudes, giving feedback, creating incentives,
managing conflict, and so forth.
· 
Identify two major problems that the manager
mentions and ask how he or she has responded to those problems. What solutions
has the manager tried? Have the solutions worked?
Step
3:
Using scholarly sources such as your textbook and professional journal articles
that you find in the University Library, research the two problems mentioned by
the manager. What does the field of I/O say about these types of problems or
issues? What recommendations might you make to the manager?
Document
your interview and your library research in a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper. Your
paper should consist of the following parts: 

· 
An
introduction, describing the individual that you interviewed and his/her
position
· 
A
summary of the interview focusing on the two major problems and attempted
solutions
· 
A
scholarly commentary with recommendations from the perspective of I/O
psychology
Be
sure to include at least five scholarly references in your paper. Provide a list
your specific interview questions as an Appendix. Format your paper according
to APA guidelines.

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