INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES IN THE WORKPLACE

INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES IN THE WORKPLACE

Assignment Overview

Have you ever worked at a company where you had a supervisor who did not seem to appreciate you for your differences from your coworkers? If not, imagine that you were in that position—one where nothing you did seemed to please your supervisor. How would that make you feel? Given this scenario, would you be prepared to work all day with an upbeat feeling of confidence that you are a valued asset to your employer?

Your feelings really depend upon your own key personality characteristics, so it is important to know what those characteristics are. You can easily find out by taking the free PsychCentral personality test that is comparable to both the Myers-Briggs and Jung tests. The five factors measured by this test are: extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability (also called “neuroticism”), and intellect/imagination (also called “openness”). The test only takes about seven minutes or less to complete. Access the test here: https://psychcentral.com/personality-test/start.php.

Case Assignment

In this first Case Assignment, you are asked to take a personality test to see what your five major personality factors are. When you have completed the PsychCentral personality test, your assignment is to create a PowerPoint presentation that addresses the results of your personality test and how your characteristics affect your job attitude and performance.Your presentation will cover the following five questions:

1.   List your five personality factors, including your score. Describe a summary of each factor according to the report received after taking the test.

2.   After reviewing your report, is there any part of the report that you do not agree with? Why do you not agree with it?

3.   Is there any part of your personality characteristics that you want to work on to change?

4.   How does your personality affect your attitude at work? At home? In a public setting?

5.   How does your personality affect your job performance?

For this assignment, submit a PowerPoint presentation of 11-12 slides, not counting the cover slide and reference list slide. Keep in mind that people today want to see no more than 5 words and a picture on each slide. All those other words you want to put on the slides actually belong on the slides’ notes pages.

A good way to organize your presentation is to divide it into the following sections:

1.   Introduction that briefly describes the personality test

2.   Extraversion

3.   Agreeableness

4.   Conscientiousness

5.   Neuroticism

6.   Openness

7.   Do I agree with my test results?

8.   Time for a change?

9.   Personality vs attitude

10.               Personality vs job performance

11.               References

Support your arguments with at least two scholarly references to the concepts you discuss on your slides.

Note: A URL (website address) is not a reference. A reference always contains four parts: author, publication date, article title, and the source of the article. Sometimes there is no author, but the APA manual tells you what you can put in that spot instead. The source for a high-quality peer-reviewed journal article is the journal.

Upload your assignment to the Case 1 Dropbox. Be sure to review your TurnItIn Originality report. If the score is over 15%, you may not be writing in your own words.

Assignment Expectations

The Case papers in this course will be evaluated using the criteria as stated in the Case rubric. The following is a review of the rubric criteria:

·        Assignment Requirements: Does the presentation directly address all aspects of the assignment? Have the assignment instructions been followed closely?

·        Critical Thinking: Does the presentation demonstrate a college level of analysis in which information derived from multiple sources has been critically evaluated and synthesized in the formulation of a logical set of conclusions? Does the paper demonstrate that the student has read, understood, and can apply the background materials for the module?

·        Writing and Assignment Organization: Is the slide information logical, well organized, and well written? Are the grammar, spelling, and vocabulary appropriate for college-level work? Are section headings included? Are paraphrasing and synthesis of concepts the primary means of responding, or is justification/support instead conveyed through excessive use of direct quotations?

·        Use of Sources and Mechanics: Does the presentation demonstrate that the student has read, understood, and can apply the background materials for the module? If required, has the student demonstrated effective research, as evidenced by student’s use of relevant and quality sources? Does the student demonstrate understanding of a consistent (e.g., APA) style of referencing, by inclusion of proper citations (for paraphrased text and direct quotations) as appropriate? Are appropriate sources from the background material included? Have all sources cited in the paper been included on the References page?

·        Timeliness: Has the assignment been submitted to the Dropbox on or before the module’s due date?

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