What is your workplace philosophy? Please write a standard essay to describe your
current ideas on the psychology of the workplace. Reflect on those aspects of
workplace behavior that seem most important to explaining why people do what they do
in the workplace, why conflict occurs, and what makes cooperation possible. Are people
all the same, or are there different types of people, which explain most of what occurs in
the workplace? Is the human workplace a natural entity, fitting normal human
psychology, or is it a contrived fiction, hence unnatural and inevitably uncomfortable and
conflict-ridden? Is the formation of a workplace simply a matter of economics, or are
human emotions an inextricable substrate of it? There are many possible angles that
you may consider in exploring your own assumptions about human behavior in the
Organize the essay as you see fit, but without citations or references. Regardless of
your perspective, write from the heart. Upon completion, be sure to formalize and
proofread your work, as you must try to write correctly to enable me to give you
feedback on your writing (see below, under Purpose).
Ideas to Consider
Here are some ideas to consider, in case you happen to encounter writer’s block. What
are your assumptions regarding why conflict occurs in the workplace? Why do some
people try hard to do a good job, while others seem to want to do as little as possible?
What kinds of meaning can people obtain from their work lives? Does work life really
have to compete with personal or family life? Should people self-identify in terms of their
work lives (e.g., “Hello, I am an accountant”), or should they instead assert a separate
identity, independent of what they do for a living? Is modern work life psychologically
damaging or, contrarily, edifying in some way? Is the workplace a necessary evil or the
center of virtuous self-development and self-exploration? Can people really be
workaholics, or is work actually a virtue? What are a few of the secrets to balancing
work life and personal life? Many perspectives are available through which to approach
this essay topic.
This is a straight essay of 1,000 words, with a title at the top, followed by
paragraphs. The essay should have no citations or references at the end. It should have
no title page or abstract. Just write correctly, originally, and sufficiently, and be sure to
proofread your work afterward. Aside from these considerations, the exercise in
reflecting on your assumptions is an optimal basis for starting this course.
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