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What do you think happens when you put together a group of people from a variety of diverse backgrounds and cultures? This is what you are going to learn in this module. Two commonly recognized benefits include:
- better problem solving
- increased productivity
Think of staffing a company like putting together a puzzle: fitting people into the best “fit” with their skills and experiences, but not forgetting about considering their potential, too.
Not only do new diverse employees bring their skills and experiences, but they also bring their knowledge and ideas. Employees should not be nervous about making suggestions in front of their peers because research has shown that diverse teams see a “60% improvement in decision-making abilities” (PM Editorial, 2017, para. 2).
Source: PM Editorial. (2017, October 23). Diversity drives better decisions. People Management. Retrieved from https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/experts/research/diversity-drives-better-decisions. Available in the Trident Online Library.
Every employee has valuable input regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, or other cultural variables. It really all comes down to experience as to the quality of their suggestions.
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 Big 5 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.
Learn more about diversity.
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 write an essay that addresses the results of your personality test and how your characteristics affect your job attitude and performance.
Your essay will cover the following five questions:
- List your five personality factors, including your score. Describe a summary of each factor according to the report received after taking the test.
- After reviewing your report, is there any part of the report that you do not agree with? Why do you not agree with it? Explain in detail.
- Is there any part of your personality characteristics that you want to work on to change? Explain in detail.
- How does your personality affect your attitude at work? At home? In a public setting? Explain in detail.
- How does your personality affect your job performance? Explain in detail.
For this assignment, submit a 4- to the 5-page essay, not counting the cover or reference list pages.
A good way to organize your paper is to divide it into the following sections:
- Introduction that briefly describes the assignment and personality test
- Do I agree with my test results?
- Time for a change?
- Personality vs attitude
- Personality vs job performance
Support your arguments with at least two scholarly references to the concepts you discuss in your paper.
This assignment is about you, so feel free to write in the first person, using the words I, me, my, etc.
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. When you find an article in the Library, look for the ” icon and click on it then select the APA format from the drop-down list and you can then copy/paste the reference onto your reference list. You may have to clean it up some because they are not always inputted into the database correctly.
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 and you will need to contact your professor and arrange to revise and resubmit your assignment. Changes cannot be made to the submission, however, if it has already been graded by your professor. Always check your originality score after submitting your papers. If your score is above 15% take a look at the originality report to see where you forgot to cite your sources. If you copied something from a source, always surround all copied material with quotation marks. Also, the citation for all quotes must include the page number on which you found the quote. These are two areas where most students get dinged on their score.
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 essay directly address all aspects of the assignment? Have the assignment instructions been followed closely?
- Critical Thinking: Does the essay 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 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 paper 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 the student’s use of relevant and quality sources? Does the student demonstrate an understanding of a consistent (e.g., APA) style of referencing, by the 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?
Groups and Teams at Work
A 2014 study by Judge and Papata found that all personality traits are more predictive of job performance when the work was performed in an unstructured environment where employees have the freedom to make personal choices. In addition, the study found that the employees' traits also indicated how they would act in a situation because of those same traits.
You took a test about your own personality traits for the Case Assignment in Module 1. Did you find that the results were what you expected? Most people find that they are generally correct, but they all have a surprise or two. Did you know that if you were to wait an hour and retake the test that your results would be different? This is because as you read your first test results, you rationalize why the findings were correct or incorrect and then you try to change up your answers in an attempt to change your results. If you were to take the test after a much longer period of time after taking it the first time, your results may also be different. This is because your frame of mind when taking a test also impacts the answers you select.
To combat people changing their answers to get a “better” result, test designers reframe questions in several ways, inserting multiple ways to ask the same question. Some test-takers are bothered by the repetition of questions, most likely because they do not realize it is done intentionally. If they were to list all of the repeat questions, though, they would find that each is written differently from the others.
In the Module 1 Case, you were required to take a personality exam, such as the one recommended by PsychCentral because of its similarity to the Myers-Briggs (MBTI). The results may have been very close to what you think are your personality characteristics, although some of them may have been a surprise to you. Keeping those personality characteristics in mind and after reading the descriptions of all of the characteristic categories, think about how these characteristics affect your own work attitudes and job performance.
For this SLP assignment, address the following questions related to topics covered in this Module in a 2- to 3-page paper, not counting the cover and reference list pages. Note that when the assignment calls for a submission of 2-3 pages, this means the professor is hoping for three pages, but is willing to accept two as long as those are two full pages.
- What are your personality characteristics? In what ways do they affect your attitudes at work?
- How does your work attitude affect your job performance and behaviors?
Then, meet with your manager or a coworker who knows you well, and discuss your findings in your personality test. Discuss how they see you compared to your test results. In the final submission, include a paragraph of at least 75 words covering the highlights of your discussion with that person.
(If you are not currently working, you can select a family member, friend, or someone else who knows you well to complete this part of the assignment.)
Support your responses to the questions in this 2- to 3-page assignment with at least one high-quality reference from the Trident Online Library. High-quality references come from peer-reviewed academic journals and text books. All references must be properly cited and included on the References page.
Remember to spell check your submission. In addition, check for the correct use of basic APA formatting of the document and references, such as the use of Times New Roman size 12 font, double-spaced paragraphs, paragraphs indented ½ inch, margins on all four sides of the paper set at 1 inch, and bolded headings. You can use another formatting style, such as Chicago or MLA, as long as you use it consistently throughout your paper.
This paper is all about you, so it is perfectly fine to respond to any and all of the assignment questions in the first person.
Upload your assignment to the SLP 1 Dropbox. Be sure to review your TurnItIn Originality report. If the score is over 15%, contact your professor. You need to review the report and add any missing citations as noted on the report.
Citation and reference style instructions are available at https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/. Also see Trident University's Student Guide to Writing a High-Quality Academic Paper.
You will find the following useful as you critique sources:
Cornell University. (2015). Critically analyzing information sources: Critical appraisal and analysis. Retrieved from http://olinuris.library.cornell.edu/ref/research/skill26.htm
Cornell University. (2014). Evaluating Web sites: Criteria and tools. Retrieved from http://olinuris.library.cornell.edu/ref/research/webeval.html
SLP Assignment Expectations
The SLP papers in this course will be evaluated using the criteria as stated in the SLP rubric. The following is a review of the rubric criteria:
Assignment-Driven Criteria: Does the paper cover all key elements of the assignment in a substantive way?
Critical Thinking: Does the paper demonstrate mastery conceptualizing the problem? Are viewpoints and assumptions 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?
Scholarly Writing/Oral Communication: Does the student demonstrate college-level skill in scholarly written/oral communication to an appropriately specialized audience?
Assignment Organization and Quality of References: 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?
Explanation & Answer
Hey here is the assignment. I want you to go through it before I post it on your student portal
Thesis Statement: This paper discusses results of a personality test. It goes on to seek my
opinion on how my traits affect my personal life and relationship with others.
1. Introduction that briefly describes the assignment and personality test
7. Do I agree with my test results?
8. Time for a change?
9. Personality vs attitude
10. Personality vs job performance
Running head: PERSONALITY TEST
Name of Student
Despite having a lot in common, each individual is unique in their own way. The same
attributes could be used to describe people, but each has his/her won combinations of each
attribute. This is what makes individuals unique (Schermer et al., 2020). This individual
uniqueness is very important to any organization as it increases diversity and heterogeneity
which when tapped into would make the organization very innovative, good ta problem-solving
and increase its adaptability in the competitive corporate world.
The personality test I took tried to assess five characteristics or attributes which are
extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness. Three levels were
used to assert each of these attributes- that is low, medium, and high. According to my inference,
the attributes tried to test my sociability skills. This includes my ability to work well with others
and at the same time my ability to think independently. After the test, there was a narration to
explain the rest for me to understand them better.
For the extraversion attribute, the test rated me at medium. This means that I am an
ambivert. The narration described this as a very good attribute as it allows me to relate well with
others. The narration went on to explain that I can balance being in the company of others and
when to be alone. Additionally, it deduced that I like attention but not an attention seeker as I do
not look for ways to be at the center of attention.
Being at medium extroversion means that I know when to speak up and when to when to
be quiet. When I disagree with something in a group, I can speak it out irrespective of the others’
opinion about the situation. Moreover, I do not shy off from difficult conversations within
groups. This means I am not emotionally fragile and much more approachable. Finally, this
attribute makes me suitable for job positions in human resources, counseling, and a director.
On this characteristic, the test ranked me at medium. The narration for this score adds to
the extraversion attribute. It describes me as a person who is agreeable but not always. I tend to
balance between making everyone in the group feel go...