Industrial And Organization Psychology

ASSIGNMENT

  1. Which aspects of job satisfaction do the workers seem most dissatisfied with? Think of the nine common job satisfaction facets to identify the source(s) of low job satisfaction (Table 9.1 on page 217 in your book).
  2. Explain what job satisfaction antecedents you think are responsible for the current low job satisfaction. 
  3. Explain the potential outcomes of the situation using what you know about job satisfaction outcomes. What is likely to occur if the sources of low job satisfaction are not addressed?
  4. Feel free to bring in any other relevant comments or observations you made during your review of the article (e.g., workers level of organizational/occupational commitment etc.).
  5. Survey: Federal worker s’ job satisfaction drops By L Lisa Rein, Published: November 8 Salary freezes, continuing budget cuts, and furloughs have eroded morale among federal employees so deeply that many do not recommend the government as a good place to work, a survey released Friday found. The vast majority of employees think that the work they do is valuable and look for ways to do their jobs better. But the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration, which took effect in March, have helped push already low job satisfaction to its lowest point since 2010, according to the government’s Employee Viewpoint Survey.
  6. The survey “ shows a strong and resolute group of employees who are devoted to their agency and country,” Katherine Archuleta, the newly confirmed director of the Office of Personnel Management, wrote in the survey’s conclusion, “but are growing weary due to current policies and practices affecting agency operations and resources.” She expressed alarm at the long-term implications for recruiting and keeping top talent at agencies losing veteran employees to retirement and the private sector. “Without a more predictable and responsible budget situation,
  7. we risk losing our most talented employees, as well as hurting our ability to recruit top talent for the future,” Archuleta wrote of the survey results, which were posted on the OPM’ sWeb site. The 16-day government shutdown, which started Oct. 1, was not factored into the views shared by 376,577 employees. The responses were given in April through June, months before Congress failed to reach a stopgap budget and it shut down the government, furloughing almost half the workforce. More than 90 percent of employees said that their work is important and that they would put in extra effort to get a job done. But the effects of sequestration are palpable at almost every agency, the survey found: Only 44 percent of employees said they had sufficient resources to do their jobs, compared with 48 percent last year and 50 percent in 2010. And only half said their agencies provided enough training, an area where the government has cut spending dramatically. Government-wide scores on pay, opportunities for advancement, whether innovation is encouraged, and other markers of how employees feel about their jobs dropped in almost every category over last year’s survey. Only 63 percent said they would recommend their agency as a good place to work, down from 67 percent last year. Employees also have deep concerns about compensation after three years of salary freezes, with 54 percent saying they were satisfied with their earnings, a drop of five percentage points from last year and 12 points from 2010. Only 19 percent agreed that pay raises are commensurate with how well they do their jobs. “These are dismal numbers, and anyone concerned with the ability of our government to recruit and retain the thoughtful, innovative and dedicated people we need to take on challenges now and in the future should be alarmed,” Colleen E. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said in a statement. Managers are supposed to use the results to identify problems and come up with ideas for improvement. The Agriculture Department, for example, responded to concerns in 2012 that not enough employees were eligible to telework; the agency’s scores in this area improved markedly. The Partnership for Public Service uses the survey to compile its “Best Places to Work” rankings, set for release in December. The government dived deeper into demographic data it received for a second year about veterans, disabled, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees. Veterans make up 28 percent of the workforce, gays and lesbians 2.7 percent, and the disabled 13 percent. The job satisfaction of the groups lags below their nonveteran, straight and non-disabled colleagues. The survey also highlighted demographic differences in job satisfaction among the government’s oldest and youngest employees. Those born in 1945 or earlier — a tiny fraction of the workforce— had the highest morale overall, while those born between 1965 and 1980 were least satisfied. Telework continued to be a bright spot, with 76 percent of employees reporting satisfaction with their agencies’ policies. Supervisors’ growing flexibility with balancing work and home life for their staffs has proven to be a good alternative to bonuses and other financial incentives that are disappearing, the survey found. Eighty percent of those surveyed said their supervisors or team leaders treated them with respect, up from 79 percent last year. There is no data for 2011 because the survey was traditionally done every two years and last year became an annual survey

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Operational Analysis And Quality Improvement

ASSIGNMENT

Healthcare reform has not had a noticeable effect on the quality of care that I received.  This point of view comes from more than 20 years of service to our nation while receiving care in the military.  Post-retirement medical care has come from a variety of both civilian and VA Medical Centers.  Throughout nearly thirty years there has not been a time where a notable difference in the treatment of any of my defined medical ailments.  Although the quality of care did not change the availably of care was addressed in 2019 where the VA made civilian care providers more accessible (VAntage Point, 2019).  This healthcare reform allowed veterans to seek care outside of the confines of the VA medical system thanks to the MISSION Act (Dept of Veteran Affairs, 2021). 

According to the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the VA has a higher quality of care than non-VA providers (O’Hanlon et al., 2017).  To better define what quality is in relation to healthcare can be an individual assessment.  Health.gov (2020) defined quality health care as care that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable, based on this definition, I have always enjoyed the benefit of quality care in and out of the military. 

Based on the aforementioned definition of quality of care, one can assume most, if not all want a timelier approach to being seen, the MISSION Act helped with that for many veterans, however having a civilian provider this healthcare reform did not provide a noticeable effect for me.  Having experienced the gambit of providers from Navy Corpsman to civilian neuro-surgeons there has been no noticeable effect on my care throughout the decades.  

This luxury is most likely due to the fact that my care was micro-managed based on my line of work.   Post-military career care, has not changed either based on the fact that there are several avenues of care and providers available within several systems to benefit from.  Understanding this is an atypical situation at face value, it does not take into consideration the unknown factors that are not available for discussion.

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Performance Of A Detailed Formal Analysis Of A Single Work Of Art

ASSIGNMENT

1) Perform a detailed formal analysis of a single work of art shown above. 

2) Any discussion of the artist’s biography, historical context, or personal experience will not be counted towards the word count. 

3) The essay should be 1500-2000 words. Use APA 

4) The essay should include a discussion of all the elements and principles listed below, and Each element and principle should be addressed in three sentences.  

Line ― Do you see any outlines which define objects, shapes, or forms? Are lines used to emphasize a direction (vertical, horizontal, diagonal)? Describe the important lines: are they straight or curved, short, or long, thick, or thin? How do you think the artist utilized to emphasize certain objects, forms, or people? 

Light ― For a two-dimensional object, is a source of light depicted or implied? Is it a natural light source or artificial? Are the shadows created by the light true to life or does the artist distort them? How does the artist depict shadows? Through line or color? If a three-dimensional object, how does the object interact with the light in its setting? How do gradations of shadows and highlights create form or depth, emphasis, or order in the composition? 

Color ― Which colors are dominantly used in this depiction? If the object is black and white, or shades of gray, did the artist choose to do this because of the media he was working or did it create a certain mood or effect? Color can describe by its hue and value (shades to tints). Does the artist’s choice of color create a certain mood? Does the artist make use of complementary colors (red/green, violet/yellow, blue/orange)? Or analogous colors (those next to one another on the color wheel)? Does the artist utilize colors that are warm or cool? Where? Is atmospheric perspective utilized (in which blurred and cool colors appear to recede and create an impression of depth in the distance, while warm and clear colors fill the foreground)?

Texture ― What is the actual texture on the surface of the object? Is it rough or smooth? If a painting, is there impasto? What is the implied texture? Are patterns created through the use of texture?

Shape ― What shapes do you see? Are the objects in the work (for a painting or drawing) or are the objects themselves (for a sculpture or architectural work) flat or volumetric? Organic or geometric? For representations of people, how does shape lend character to a figure? Are these figures proud or timid, strong, or weak, beautiful, or grotesque? What is the size of all the forms and how do they relate proportionally to one another? Are they located in the foreground, middle ground, or background? Why do you think the artist placed them there?

Space ― How does the form created by shape and line fill the space of the composition? Is there a negative, or empty, space without objects? How does the artist create depth in the image (layering of figures/objects, linear perspective, atmospheric perspective, foreshortening of figures)? If the object is three-dimensional, how does it fill our space? Is it closed or open? If a two-dimensional object, is the space flat, or does it visually project into our space? 

Scale and Proportion – What is the size of the work itself? How does that size relate to the size of the human interacting with the work? Within the artwork, are all the objects and figures the same size? If not, why? Is the scale of any aspect of the work distorted? Are the proportions of the figures accurate? Is a hierarchical scale used? How is the composition proportioned?

Balance ― Balance is produced by the visual weight of shapes and forms within a composition. Balance can be symmetrical, in which each side of central line is the same, asymmetrical, or radial. When describing balance, discuss how opposites are utilized or related (light/shadow, straight/curved lines, complementary colors)? 

Rhythm ― Rhythm is created by repetition. What repeated elements do you see? Does the repetition create a subtle pattern, a decorative ornamentation? Or does it create an intensity, a tension? Does the rhythm unify the work, or does it seem like a group of disparate parts?

Emphasis ― The emphasis of work refers to a focal point in the image or object. What is your eye drawn to? Does the artist create tension or interest by creating more than one area or interest? Or is the work of art afocal ― that is, the viewer cannot find a particular place to rest the eye. Is there even a psychological focus created through the elements of art?

4 To organize the essay, your overall argument and conclusion should address how the artists used the principle of emphasis.

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DEVELOPING AN EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE

Overview

For this discussion, you will Identify a situation in your current workplace where evidence based practice has been or could be applied.  Remember, this refers to decisions about patient care that are based on evidence that is produced by well designed research.  You will need to provide a the research to support your decision.  Use 2 professional references that are less than 5 years old.

Your initial post must be posted before you can view and respond to colleagues, must contain minimum of two (2) references, in addition to examples from your personal experiences to augment the topic. The goal is to make your post interesting and engaging so others will want to read/respond to it. Synthesize and summarize from your resources in order to avoid the use of direct quotes, which can often be dry and boring. No direct quotes are allowed in the discussion board posts.

Post a thoughtful response to at least two (2) other colleagues’ initial postings. Responses to colleagues should be supportive and helpful (examples of an acceptable comment are: “This is interesting – in my practice, we treated or resolved (diagnosis or issue) with (x, y, z meds, theory, management principle) and according to the literature…” and add supportive reference. Avoid comments such as “I agree” or “good comment.

Objectives

  • Identify types of research questions to be studied with qualitative methods
  • Describe the steps in making a clinical decision based on evidence

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Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Planning Discussion

ASSIGNMENT

A simulated disaster and comprehensive recovery test may involve many of an organization’s key personnel for several days: is this a reasonable burden to place on a busy, competitive company? How would you argue against the inevitable tendency to shortcut the procedure? 

 Posting to be between 200-to-300 words. 

APA Format

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Literature Review

  • ASSIGNMENT

Gather examples for industry best practices, pros & cons, difference between PDB & DBB, and lessons learned/success stories and how PEPs can help with challenges.  This may include reaching out to public utilities, private utilities, contractors, designers, etc. and seeking to interview them, getting examples from them that they have used on past projects, and gain their feedback on the submittals you are creating for this classLiterature Review

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Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Planning Discussion Assignmen

ASSIGNMENT

For this week you are going to write the other simulation exercise for either a techincal incident or an environmental incident. If Assignment 5 was based on technical then this week’s should be based on environmental and vice versa.

The simulated exercise should call upon your previously made plan to complete.

From there you create an entire scenario based around your catastrophe. From there work through, on paper, how to address the incident. 

The total submission should be between 3-5 pages long. 

APA Format

Refer to the attached document for previous Simulation Exercise

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Role-Playing Exercise

ASSIGNMENT

This is a role-playing exercise that asks you to imagine this email exchange.

The set up:

For the Week 5 Discussion Board Activity, you pretended that you worked for the City of Plantation and that your boss asked you to help evaluate candidates for a job. 

For the Week 6 Assignment, imagine that you are another person. This person could have any job. To fill in the story completely, let’s pretend that you work for the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council. Your job doesn’t matter for this activity but it’s fun for me to imagine that you are working there. 

Here’s the part that matters, your friend has applied to work for the City of Plantation Florida, and recently learned that her application is “no longer under review.”  Friend is shocked because Friend really thought she had a shot; her uncle has worked with the City of Plantation for more than 15 years and said he’d “Put in a good word for her.” He even said, “Don’t worry, we got this.”

You ask to see Friend’s resume.

[Use the one you picked as the worst when you were playing the hiring manager role for the Hiring Manager Challenge Report]

This resume is a hot mess! No wonder Friend didn’t get the job, even with Uncle’s help – and we only have Uncle’s word for it that anyone in Plantation local government gives a hoot about Uncle’s opinion.

You go home and snuggle with your Sweetheart. “Jeez,” you sigh. “I’ve got to find some way to help Friend with Friend’s crap resume. Friend didn’t get the Plantation job.”

Sweetheart puts down the dishes that Sweetheart has been drying and sits down next to you. “Yeah. You’d better work that out. Because I’ll tell you this, your friend can’t live here — and we aren’t lending anybody any damn money.”  

You go to the computer to write Friend an email with specific suggestions about how to improve the resume.

Step 1. Carefully review the crappy resume

Step 2. Remember the rhetorical triangle and consider the guidance about Writer’s self-presentation (Friend), Understanding your audience (City of Plantation Hiring managers) and Content/message, (the seemingly tiny choices that the writer makes in crafting a resume, like verbs and parallel structure to name a few.

Step 3. Write an email to Friend. Pick approach 1 OR 2; you don’t need to submit both.

  • Approach 1: Rewrite Friend’s resume, fixing what needs to be fixed. Your edits should be detailed and thoughtful. 
  • Approach 2: Make a detailed list of at least 5 things that Friend should consider changing to make the resume more effective and for each item on your list, explain why these changes and following your advice will improve this resume and all of Friend’s resumes in the future. 

Step 4. Your Resume Advice Email to a Friend is the Week 5 assignment that you must submit. If you choose Approach 1 there is no required word count. If you choose Approach 2 your entry must be at least 250 words long.

Resume Advice Email to a Friend Frequently Asked Questions

You: Can I work with a friend in class on this activity?

Me: Yes, that kind of effort is called collaborative learning. This is the kind of assignment where collaborative learning often works well. You and your classmate can exchange ideas and perceptions about the work. I hope you’ll find someone to collaborate with!

You: Really?

Me: Yep.

You: Okay, so do we each get our own grade?

Me: Yes, you work together but then submit separately. If you work with a friend or two, write to let me know by adding this sentence at the end of your entry for this assignment. I worked with ____________ to think and talk through this work.” 

You: So, wait my friends and I can submit the same Week 6 assignment work and that’s not cheating or plagiarism?

Me: Well, if you submit the exact same Week 6 Assignment response then it is likely that one person did most of the learning. We’ve all been on teams where one person does all or most of the writing and everyone else just copies that person’s work. Don’t do that here. You have a capable brain, and you learned by working through this assignment. Write your own Week 5 entry – in consultation with a friend or classmate. This class is about you.

Here’s how you’ll be graded

Weekly Assignment Specifications Checklist

To earn all available points for the week’s assignment,  your submission must include all elements listed below. If your goal for this course is to earn an A, be sure to check off your completion of each element.

Content

  • Answers all parts of the assignment prompt and expresses ideas clearly and in your own words
  • Demonstrates careful attention to the assigned reading (or viewing) and/or research
  • Includes at least one quote from the reading (or viewing) and/or research.
  • Entry must meet the word count minimum specified in the instructions.

Document Specs

  • Follows standard professional document formatting (1″ margins on all sides, double spacing, a professional font such as Times New Roman or Calibri, 12pt font)
  • Submitted by the Due Date

Proofreading

  • Demonstrates sufficient self-review to avoid careless errors like typos, misspellings, missing words, sentences without standard capitalization or punctuation. 

Assignment Grading Rubric

Grading Rubric Table

Excellent work

Almost there

Insufficient investment of time

Content

Satisfies each element on the specifications checklist AND appears to be the product of careful thinking.

The quote is selected to highlight one of your main points about the assigned reading. Research results suggest effort and attention. 

Answers are responsive to the questions, thoughtful, specific, and share your thinking as it stands right now. (You can change your mind in later Diary entries.) 

Satisfies each element on the specifications checklist but may have been hastily written. Reads like a rush job, rather than a series of careful ideas, flowing from one to the next.

Often the quote from the reading appears to have been selected without care or obvious logic and/or research conducted in haste; not a genuine inquiry.

Repetition or vagueness undermines the submission’s power.

Misses one or more elements from the specifications checklist.

Reads like something you slapped together and “phoned in,” rather than a series of careful ideas, flowing one to the next.

Missing quote or research

Repetition or vagueness undermines the submission’s power.

Document Specs

Satisfies each element on the specifications checklist.

Misses one element on the specifications checklist.

Misses more than one element on the specifications checklist.

Proofreading

Demonstrates sufficient self-review to avoid careless errors

Contains one or two careless errors that the writer could have caught by reviewing the work more carefully

Contains more than two errors that the writer could have caught by reviewing the work more carefully. Work that sacrifices points here often contains misspelling that Spellcheck flagged, sentences that don’t make sense because of missing words, proper nouns that haven’t been capitalized. (Ex: Florida International University).

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Public Leadership Presentation

ASSIGNMENT

Overview

Condense information from the other three assignments and additional criteria in order to develop a creative and appealing PowerPoint presentation.
InstructionsCreate a 10–12 slide presentation in which you:
Create a title slide and references section (as indicated in the format requirements below).Narrate each slide, using a microphone, indicating what you would say if you were actually presenting in front of an audience. Note: If you do not have access to a microphone, then you should provide detailed speaker notes with your presentation.Briefly summarize your idea of a public leader. Cite experiences and research to support your assertions.Discuss the specific leadership theories and styles that support your definition of a public leader. Provide a rationale to support your answer.Discuss gender diversity in the workplace, including the increasing numbers of women in the workplace and leadership positions. What are the main barriers to women’s political participation and expression? What is the role of government and political parties to address this gap?Predict three public leadership trends that you believe will be particularly significant within the next decade.Summarize the most important idea that you have learned in the course. How can you apply what you have learned? What will you do with whom, where, when, and, most important, why?Include at least four peer-reviewed references (no more than 1 year old) from material outside the textbook. Note: Appropriate peer-reviewed references include scholarly articles and government websites. Wikipedia, other wikis, and websites ending in anything other than “.gov” do not qualify as academic resources.Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards. For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.Include a title slide containing the title of the assignment, your name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The title slide is not included in the required slide length.Include a reference slide containing the sources that were consulted while completing research on the selected topic, listed in SWS format. The reference slide is not included in the required slide length.Format the PowerPoint presentation with headings on each slide, two to three colors, two to three fonts, and two to three relevant graphics (photographs, graphs, clip art, et cetera), ensuring that the presentation is visually appealing and readable from 18 feet away. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.Slides should abbreviate the information in no more than five or six bullet points per slide.Slide titles should be based on the criteria being summarized (e.g., “Three Public Leadership Trends”).The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:
Synthesize key concepts, skills, issues, and trends in successful public leadership and conflict resolution.

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DISCUSSION-The Psychiatric Evaluation and Evidence-Based Rating Scales

ASSIGNMENT

Assessment tools have two primary purposes: 1) to measure illness and diagnose clients, and 2) to measure a client’s response to treatment. Often, you will find that multiple assessment tools are designed to measure the same condition or response. Not all tools, however, are appropriate for use in all clinical situations. You must consider the strengths and weaknesses of each tool to select the appropriate assessment tool for your client. For this Discussion, as you examine the assessment tool assigned to you by the Course Instructor, consider its use in psychotherapy.

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To Prepare:
  • Review this week’s Learning Resources and reflect on the insights they provide regarding psychiatric assessment and diagnosis.
  • Consider the elements of the psychiatric interview, history, and examination.
  • Consider the assessment tool assigned to you by the Course Instructor.
By Day 3 of Week 2

Post a brief explanation of three important components of the psychiatric interview and why you consider these elements important. Explain the psychometric properties of the rating scale you were assigned. Explain when it is appropriate to use this rating scale with clients during the psychiatric interview and how the scale is helpful to a nurse practitioner’s psychiatric assessment. Support your approach with evidence-based literatu

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