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Assignment 1: Writing Workshop

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE!!! Assignment 1: Writing Workshop Writing Workshop Assignments provide an opportunity to receive feedback on your writing. To prepare for this Assignment: Access your Feedback Journal and consider how you will apply any writing feedback you have received thus far. You have four options for completing this Assignment: Select a previously submitted Assignment or Discussion from the program course you are taking alongside this writing course (such as Foundations). Choose a 1-page excerpt from the Assignment or Discussion on which you would like feedback.   Submit 1 double-spaced page (around 250 words) of the writing you are working on. Please paste the Assignment instructions into your draft so that your Instructor understands the purpose of the Assignment. Your Instructor will provide feedback by Day 6. The feedback will focus on the writing aspects only.   Previously submitted Discussion: Discussion: Organizational Stress: Positive or Negative? Consider the following two scenarios: Scenario 1 The atmosphere at a small technology firm in California is always confusing and chaotic. Employees are under constant pressure to meet deadlines, and expectations frequently and suddenly change. Despite the lack of clarity, supervisors frequently reprimand employees for failure to perform. Supervisors often give these reprimands publicly. Employees constantly compete for supervisor attention. Scenario 2 Workers at a business consulting firm in Massachusetts do the same job they have done in the same way they have done it for the past 10 years. Employees receive almost no supervision or feedback. Leadership does little to promote change or foster creativity. Employees rarely communicate with those outside of their departments. Employees work quietly in an orderly manner but receive little stimulation. It is likely easy to identify which of the scenarios is less stressful, but is either environment desirable or indicative of a healthy organization? Normally, the term organizational stress is a negative concept. The majority of stress researchers have focused on personal distress rather than on examining the positive aspect of stress called eustress (Chou et al., 2014). Scholars and practitioners need to give more attention to the question of if and when organizational stress can be beneficial. To prepare for this Discussion, consider your experiences with stress in organizations and how you as a leader would address organizational stress. Post your evaluation of the impact of organizational stress on the health of an organization. In your evaluation, do the following: Explain whether you think organizational stress can be positive, negative, or both. Then, given your proposed nature of stress, explain how you, as a leader, would work to promote or minimize stress within your organization. Identify two or more specific tools and strategies you would employ to assess and manage organizational stress. Be sure to support your work with a minimum of two specific citations from this week’s Learning Resources and one or more additional scholarly sources.   My post:            Organizational stress can be favourable to both the employees and the organization as well in the long run. Leaders in organizations should allow their employees to experience the pinch of reality caused by the organization’s stress so that they can adapt. Moreover, organizational stress will lead to new relationships when employees are disoriented into new roles within the organization. Taking new approaches and making new values result from forcing employees to make sacrifices for the organization, which intrigues organizational distress. This pushes employees into achieving new goals and improving their work rate within the organization.             Changes in employees’ roles and tight deadlines are examples of instances that can lead to organizational stress (Heifetz 124). As a leader, I believe that change in the workers’ roles is positive organizational stress that gives employees the chance to explore new opportunities and feel motivated to push on. For instance, changing an employee’s role through promotion makes him feel appreciated and recognized for the work he is doing at the workplace. Moreover, giving tight schedules minimizes laziness among employees; thus, they can speed up their work rate to accomplish more tasks for the benefit of the organization and themselves in the end.             Managing organizational stress is an art and science that requires professional management of human resources. Experienced managers can quickly recognize the need for change and the organization’s change (Niță 339). Stress in a workplace can be assessed by looking at employee performance, employee attendance, and examining employees’ health. Nevertheless, stress within a workplace can be managed using different strategies. Giving employees more independence that gives them greater responsibility and giving them timely and meaningful feedback can help manage their stress (“Employee Stress” np). This makes them feel more involved with the organization’s decisions, thus leading to their eventual peace of mind. Encouraging job rotation and enrichment also helps in managing organizational stress by minimizing monotony amongst employees.   Reference   “Employee Stress – Strategies For Managing Stress At Workplace.”  Managementstudyguide.Com, Heifetz, Ronald Abadian, and Donald L. Laurie. “The work of leadership.” Harvard business review 75 (1997): 124-134. Niță, Mircea-Aurel. “The new intelligence, the new leader and the organizational stress.” Revista de Management Comparat Internațional 16.3 (2015): 335-342.