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As Baby Boomers are retiring, and younger generations continue to enter the workforce, organizations are experiencing growing pains as differing personalities and work ethics impact the ability of employees to effectively work together. The Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology regularly highlights the changes in workforce as one of its predominant issues. As an I/O practitioner, you will need to be able to work with multi-generational groups to address issues and concerns in the workplace.

Assignment Instructions

Read the following case study, then in a 4–6 page paper answer the questions provided below. Remember to use your Assignment Worksheet [DOC] to help you outline your work and organize your resources.

The Times, They Are A-Changin’

You have recently been employed as an I/O practitioner to help The ABC Company navigate issues the company is facing as a result of shifts in organizational culture.

The ABC Company is a family-owned business employing multiple generations in the workforce. Recently, the reins of the company have been passed from father to sons, who are the third generation in the family to lead the company.

The ABC Company has been a top producer of widgets for over a 40 years, but in recent years, they have not been able to retain their share of the marketplace. The new heads of the company feel that changes are needed to update the company and are in the process of implementing a variety of new business practices, including data analytics, leveraging technology in new and innovative ways and adopting workforce-related policies that are reflective of the work values and practices embraced by younger generations of professionals.

Many of these changes are meeting with resistance from managers and employees who have been with the company for decades, and relationships between long-term employees and newer employees are strained. The heads of the company have hired you to help all employees successfully navigate the changes to the corporate culture, and learn to work together successfully.

For this assignment:

  • Analyze and prioritize the legal and ethical dilemmas you may address related to generational differences.
  • Describe the ethical principles and standards that should be addressed as you develop a plan designed to resolve these ethical dilemmas.
  • Develop an action plan designed to address legal and ethical dilemmas that is supported by ethical theories, principles, models and best practices.
  • Support your analysis and action plan with recent, relevant academic literature, a review of laws and legal precedents applicable to the identified dilemmas and documented examples of best practices used by other companies.
  • Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the psychological professions.

Assignment Requirements

  • Written communication: Ensure written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • Length of paper: Submit 4–6 typed, double-spaced pages (title and reference pages not included).
  • Format: Format resources and citations according to current APA guidelines for style and format.
  • Font and font size: Use Times New Roman, 12-point font.
  • Sources: Cite at least three sources.
SCORING GUIDE

Your Work will be evaluated using this criteria.

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Scoring Guide Criteria

By successfully completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assignment criteria:

  • Competency 1: Demonstrate ability to analyze ethical dilemmas.
    • Analyze legal and ethical dilemmas related to generational differences.
  • Competency 2: Incorporate appropriate resources and information to make effective ethical and legal decisions.
    • Support your analysis and action plan with recent, relevant academic literature, a review of laws and legal precedents applicable to the identified dilemmas and documented examples of best practices used by other companies.
  • Competency 3: Develop legally sound solutions to ethical challenges that are supported by ethical theories, principles, models, and best practices.
    • Develop an action plan designed to address legal and ethical dilemmas that is supported by ethical theories, principles, models and best practices.
  • Competency 4: Apply ethical principles and standards to prevent or mitigate ethical dilemmas.
    • Describe the ethical principles and standards that should be addressed as you develop a plan designed to resolve these ethical dilemmas.
  • Competency 5: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the psychological professions.
    • Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the psychological professions.

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