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Productive and Counterproductive Behaviors and Organizations

Define productive behavior and counterproductive behavior, explain the impact that productive and counterproductive behaviors have on job performance and the overall performance of an organization, and suggest a few strategies to increase productive behavior and decrease counterproductive behavior in organizations.

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Dear student,

Hello and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. This particular task is a task that is designed to test your understanding of certain principles of IO (Industrial/Organizational Psychology). The questions are straightforward enough. What you need to do is to begin with an outline so that you can plan out how your paper will go. I suggest this:

1. Introduction - what is this paper about?
2. What is productive behavior?
3. What is unproductive behavior?
4. How do both influence job performance individually and collectively?
5. What strategies can be used to decrease unproductive and increase productive behavior in organizations?

The information below is based on general information from IO and should be applicable to this problem set. I advise using the resources listed and also using the current materials in your class to make your final paper specific to the expectations of your professor. Good luck with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

IO & Productivity

The goal of industrial/organizational (IO) psychology is to improve productivity and conditions in the workplace by utilizing psychological methods and principles to find solutions and innovations for the workplace. A common concern in IO is those set of problems that deal with human performance. There are a host of areas wherein IO is applicable. For IO specialists, the bottomline in any organization is performance (SIOP, 2012). Improved performance means utilizing strategies and methods that focus on the development and well-being of the members of the organization. By looking at behaviors and attitudes that can be enhanced by training programs, for example, performance can improve, benefiting the organization and the employee. Here, we will discuss productive and unproductive behaviors to assess strategies that can be used to ameliorate performance and correct behaviors that lead to wastage and failure.

Productive Behavior

What is productive behavior? Simply put, it is those sets of attitudes and behaviors an employee has that have a positive contribution to the goals of the company. While the employee, when new, might have the skills or the initial qualification and 'potential' for the job, this does not yet ensure a 'correct fit'. Each organization has their own unique workplace culture; a way of doing things. By means of training and of familiarization, the new hire can 'attune' themselves to the most productive means of working in relation to the culture, which pushes productivity. This, at least, is the 'social element' of productivity; referring to a conflict-free and achievement focused organization. Productivity can also be measured by the 'actual' bottomline in terms of increase in profits (as in a for-profit company) or successful ...

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The expert examines productive and counterproductive behaviors and organizations/