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    Motivation in Organizations: Example Problems

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    Part One:

    1. Identify the diversity that is seen in your retailer(s). How can these initiatives benefit the company? What challenges might this diversity create for the manager? (Note: the team chooses the retailer)
    2. Do you see evidence of a team approach being used in the retailer(s)? If so, identify the types of teams and describe the benefits and drawbacks of this approach. If not, identify the type(s) of team(s) you would suggest, and explain the benefits and drawbacks if they were to implement your suggestion(s).
    3. Considering teamwork in question two, explain how the manager of this retail store can best motivate the various teams. Will one approach be best for all teams? Explain your answer, considering the various motivational theories.

    Part Two:

    Your friend Julie is a senior accountant with a prestigious firm in the big city, and her husband Jack is an attorney with a practice in the same city. Jack has recently been informed that the firm is opening a new office in another state, and he is going to be transferred there as the managing partner. Julie loves her job, and does not want to leave; however, this is a big opportunity for Jack and she feels that she may have to resign and start all over in another state. She has informed her employer of the decision she is faced with, and has been called to the office today to discuss it.

    The task is to answer the following two questions:

    1. If you were Julie's employer, how could alternative work arrangements benefit you in retaining Julie, a valued employee?
    2. What might be the drawbacks to such an arrangement?

    Part Three:

    You are the manager of a large unionized manufacturing plant in a small town, the only major employer in the area. You have recently been informed that the plant will be closing, and the work will be outsourced offshore. The arrangements for the closing will not be completed for at least six months, so you are not in a position to inform the employees of the closing yet (but they will certainly find out, through the grapevine).
    The task is to answer the following two questions:

    1. What motivational, legal and ethical issues do you face?
    2. How would you approach these issues, and why?

    - Identify and explain leadership styles and managerial skills.
    - Analyze the functional roles of a manager.
    - Research current leadership styles and strategies in management.
    - Recognize situations that present potential ethical and legal issues and develop solutions for those issues.
    - Discuss the impact of technology on business.
    - Use effective communication techniques.

    Include a reference list. All research should be cited in the body of the paper.
    Report should contain an abstract, a short introduction, and conclusion in addition to the body of the paper. Please note that if have a source in reference section, need to cite it in the body of the paper and vice-versa, per APA guidelines.

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    Diversity at Walgreens

    The management of Walgreen believes that business wins when everyone weighs, and that the true power of diversity. The company believes that one can unleash diversity, when its each associate is promoted to reach at their full potential. At Walgreen diversity is the foundation for a comprehensive, sustainable business that espouses and esteems differences, explicates its associates, helps its customers, partners with its communities, and rests on an all-encompassing supplier base. Walgreen has made diversity a prominent part of its business plan.

    Diversity is a way of life at Walgreen. For managing diversity from the time of its establishment, the management of Walgreen have adopted long-maintained initiatives, admitting personnel practices and diverged outreach programs, to establish and retain a diverse manpower and supplier base (Our Commitment, 2010). For its all-inclusive diversity, Walgreen has obtained various awards and honours for dedications in areas, like being employer of choice for people with impairments and recruiting and retaining varied talent.

    Walgreen manages diversity with high dedication to diversity. Diversity and inclusion are lasting values engrafted into Walgreen's culture. From its board of directors to its associates and customers, these values are fundamental to both its business and mission of preserving people money so that they can live in more beneficial way.

    Team Approach at Walgreen

    Although the management of diversity at Walgreen is quite significant but still it is far from the team approach that is the most prominent approach in present competitive environment for managing diversity. It is essential that the Walgreen organize its workforce in a way that can be assembled as team oriented to comply with its present and future business needs. For managing all its business processes and procedures it is essential that the management of Walgreen embraces team approach as it will assist it in managing its different areas.

    There are diverse ways of building a team that can be adopted by present organizations but the three most significant approaches to team development are as follows:
    • Formal retreat: In this approach of team development members of a team are put in a formal structure where they have to work with a described hierarchy. This team approach is beneficial for professional tasks and duties that involve high command and authority. On the other hand, this approach also has some drawback such as lack of communication and positive culture (Drucker, 2008).
    • Continual improvement: In this approach of team building, the members of a team are put in a structure that is improved from time to time so that effective measures can be undertaken to complete business processes (Levi, 2001). This is the most effective team approach as in this approach continuous measures are taken to improve team and its duties but on the other hand it also has some drawbacks like lack of concentration and lack of commitment.
    • Outdoor experience: In this team approach, the members of a team are put in such an ...

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