Individual Differences in the Workplace


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Essay #: 062774
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Individual Differences in the Workplace
In “The Greatest Generation (of Networkers)” in The Wall Street Journal, Zaslow notes that recent studies have shown that Facebook use could in fact result in a 1.5 per cent loss of total employee productivity over the course of the work week because time directed to social networking was thought to be hampering real work. What we are seeing, however, is that there are different values appropriated towards social media depending on the experiences of those involved which are continuing to shift as new online spaces for communication are being created, and new tools are being offered for the workplace.
While the Internet was a relatively new phenomenon in the 1990s when some of the most spurious cases...
The end: teams will undergo a phase during which personalities will collide, alliances are formed, and operating norms are created. The textbook states that after creating agreed behaviours and expectations, teams will likely be able to make progress, deliver decisions and generally perform as a group. Often, teams will return to earlier phases and revise their processes to adjust to success or failures, or to meet new objectives. Looking at Zaslow’s article, this means that evaluating values and individual differences could mean that the company needs to change or adapt to new technologies, or it could mean that strictures have to be put into place. Whatever the case, it requires the company to thoughtfully consider the options as a group.