Assignment 1: Discussion Questions

Assignment 1: Discussion Questions

Assignment 1: Discussion Questions

Case Study: The real reasons you’re working so hard.

Mark Ostermann had been work-ing in the Chicago office of Boston Consulting Group for less than a year when he attracted the attention of the Red Zone police. Ostermann’s infraction: work-ing too hard. (See page 124 in our assigned textbook). This Business Week case study investigates why more Americans are enduring long hors at the workplace. It also looks at ways that companies are trying to reduce unnecessary work hours. Read the full text of this article at and prepare for the discussion questions below.

By Wednesday, November 14, 2012, go to the Discussion Area and post responses to discussion question 1 as assigned by the facilitator. Your responses should range between 300–350 words to receive full credit. Support your responses with relevant citations, from both the course materials and outside resources, using proper APA format. Post all discussion questions to the appropriate topic in this Discussion Area. Your discussion postings should reflect what you have learned from reading the course text as well as any other reading from the suggested bibliography. Be sure to use content and language that is consistent with the level of the course material. All written assignments and responses should follow APA rules for attributing sources.

Before the end of the week, comment on at least two of your peers’ responses. You can ask technical questions or respond generally to the overall experience. Be objective, clear, and concise. Always use constructive language, even in criticism, to work toward the goal of positive progress. All comments should be posted to the appropriate topic in this Discussion Area. Integrate the theory, principles, and concepts in the module’s reading material (including additional research) into the area or topic under discussion. Analyze the material from your own perspective by integrating your own personal experiences and those of past or present employers to show how your experiences fit into the concept being discussed. Include the following in your discussion:

Grading Criteria
Maximum Points
Response Criteria  
Provided an in-depth explanation or analysis of subject or topic
Used a clear, logical, and organized line of reasoning
Provided adequate justification and evidence supporting the opinion expressed
Submitted on time
Participation Criteria  
Participated in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing a point of view with rationale, challenging a point of discussion, or making a relationship between one or more points of the discussion
Displayed consistent sensitivity when working with individuals from varied backgrounds
Justified ideas and responses by using appropriate examples and references from texts, Web sites, and other references or personal experience
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Responded to the posts of at least two classmates with meaningful and relevant responses that add value to the original post or the discussion.
Offered criticism that was respectful of the other person’s feelings

For assistance with any problems you may have when completing this assignment—OR—to offer your assistance to classmates, please use the Problems and Solutions Discussion area located through the left side navigation link.





Arrow Select a discussion question from the drop down menu below and click Go to begin. Use the Respond link to post responses and materials that pertain to that question. To respond to an existing posting use the Respond link beneath it.

Discussion Question 1

What are the main stressors identified in this article? In addition, describe ways that companies are trying to reduce these stressors.

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