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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.