Consider a current or past coworker who has low levels of either job performance, organizational commitment, or both. You are asked to draw on concepts from the course to explain exactly why this coworker is so ineffective, and how you and his/her supervisors might react, given that knowledge. The paper should be at least 750 words in length (all inclusive). More details are provided later in the syllabus.
Details on Worst Coworker Paper
Your paper can focus on either a current coworker or a past coworker. The coworker should be a real person, as opposed to an amalgam of multiple individuals. Moreover, some portions of the paper work better if the coworker is of a similar hierarchical level to you—as opposed to a boss or a supervisor. The paper should include the following three sections:
1. Background – Describe the coworker. Give enough detail that it’s clear why you feel the way you do about this person, with enough richness that the section “brings the person to life” for the reader. Resist the urge to provide irrelevant detail and feel free to omit or disguise any details that might be sensitive in nature.
2. Explanations – Drawing on concepts and theories from textbook, provide an explanation of why, in your estimation, this employee has low levels of job performance and/or organizational commitment.
3. Recommendations – Flowing out of the concepts and theories discussed in the previous section, describe what the top managers or leaders in the company could do, very specifically, to improve the performance and/or commitment of your coworker. Then describe what you, personally, could do to make this coworker more effective. Finally, answer the following questions: Is this employee a “problem that cannot be fixed” to some extent? If so, describe what the top managers or leaders in the company could do to avoid similar problems in the future.
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