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  • Identify the generation you fall into, based on the text:
    • The Traditionalists or Matures
    • The Baby Boomers
    • Generation X
    • Generation Y or the Millennials
    • Generation Z
  • Consider your own expectations and beliefs. Do they align with what our content suggests about the characteristics of your identified generational group?
  • Research one generation that differs from your identification and share some of the events that have shaped this generation, including their beliefs and behaviors.
  • Discuss the relationship between events within your generation versus your researched generation.
    • How might these events, that have developed our ideologies, affect a work environment that includes both generations?

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Week 5 – Discussion Forum PSY302: Industrial/Organizational Psychology (PSH2045A) ASHFORD UNIVERSITY

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

Generational Work Expectations [WLOs: 2, 3, 4] [CLOs: 4, 5, 6]

Prior to beginning this activity, read Chapter 10 in the course text and review the weekly Instructor Guidance. Also review any relevant announcements.

Chapter 10 addresses employee attitudes, beliefs, and differing cultures, as well as suggests that an increase in job performance is reliant on job satisfaction. The authors of our text suggest that highly satisfying jobs are more complex, requiring the worker to utilize a variety of skills and to deal with unpredictable situations (i.e. teaching, managing, engineering, etc.), unlike jobs where the work is repetitive and less thought-provoking (general laborers, factory workers, and the like). However, complex jobs, often include diverse employees. In addition, the work and life-balance expectations are suggested to differ based on generations, which may likely also affect job satisfaction as well as working effectively as a team. For this discussion:

  • Identify the generation you fall into, based on the text:
    • The Traditionalists or Matures
    • The Baby Boomers
    • Generation X
    • Generation Y or the Millennials
    • Generation Z
  • Consider your own expectations and beliefs. Do they align with what our content suggests about the characteristics of your identified generational group?
  • Research one generation that differs from your identification and share some of the events that have shaped this generation, including their beliefs and behaviors.
  • Discuss the relationship between events within your generation versus your researched generation.
    • How might these events, that have developed our ideologies, affect a work environment that includes both generations?
  • Identify one generation that could potentially be more difficult for someone in your identified generation to effectively work with.
    • What variables may create this challenge (e.g. communication style, wellness, life balance, etc.)?
  • How does an increase in awareness, of the factors that affect what differing generations believe, positively support a healthy and productive work environment?

Your initial post should be between 300 and 400 words. You must use at least one scholarly, peer-reviewed source that was published within the past five years. Refer to the Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) resource for guidance. Cite all information from your sources according to APA guidelines and list each of your sources at the end of your post according to APA style as shown in the APA: Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource. Visit the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.) for support and examples.

Guided Peer Responses: Review several of your classmates’ posts. Respond substantively to at least two of your peers’ original postings that align with a differing generation (if available).

  • What differences do you note between your generation and theirs?
  • Do you see areas within your own expectations that could be reconsidered based on your peers’ expectations?

Instructor Responses: Review any instructor feedback on your postings. Often feedback is shared to help you to elevate your level of critical thought or make corrections. Reply based on this feedback to advance your understanding of the content addressed.

In addition, observe the following guidelines for all responses:

  • Remember that discussion forums should be conversations; dialogue is encouraged throughout the course.
  • Provide a courteous and interactive learning environment.
  • Continue to monitor this discussion through 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) on Day 7 of the week and reply to anyone (instructor or classmate) who has chosen to respond to your original post.
  • Your grade will reflect the quality of your initial post, the depth of your peer replies, and your active support of forum dialogue.
  • Your responses should demonstrate that you have read the existing replies on the board. (In your response, mention information and viewpoints already expressed by existing responses to the same post.)
  • Before you submit your discussion, you are encouraged to use Grammarly to review a rough draft of your discussion posting. Then, carefully review all issues identified by Grammarly and revise your work as needed.
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