M5 – Personality

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M5 (Week 5) Assignment

As a current or future supervisor, you will be responsible for leading a team of employees to help achieve organizational objectives. Understanding personality and values will help you determine the best techniques to keep your team focused, motivated and effective.

What is your biggest take away from this chapter on Personality and Values?   How will you use it as a supervisor in the future?

Saskia Parkerson M5

What is your biggest take away from this chapter on Personality and Values?   How will you use it as a supervisor in the future?

Leading a team and being a Supervisor is more than just giving directions. There are many aspects that are important when it comes to leading your team to success. One of the biggest things that a supervisor needs to understand when they are new to a roll is how to work with all personalities and values that their team members will have. Although in a perfect world we would have a team that gets a long great, that never clashes, and that always completes work on time. But this is not the case when it comes to the real world. Everyone is different which means that their actions, their thoughts, and their personality will eventually clash with someone else on the team. Being a good supervisor is seeing those things happening and figuring out a way to stop it before it completely destroys the entirety of the team itself. Building relationships in business with your subordinates is very important, they need to be able to trust you no matter what the situation is. That is the responsibility of a supervisor and the best way to ensure that is to know how your subordinates act, what their personalities are and what they value.

Big Five

I enjoyed this section of the textbook, as I have always found personality and mood interesting. I think that my biggest take away was the use of the five big traits in predicting work behavior. As a manager I will be using this in a few different ways. The first will be to assign tasks based on the trait that people represent such as placing those with high emotional stability in areas of customer service, those that are conscientious into work that requires detailed specific requirements and so on. Using the five big traits will also help me in the future with employee selection and retention. I was excited to learn that you can estimate not only performance and job satisfaction but that you can also look at the probability of longevity within the position.

It is being in the emergency services I also have an interest in the dark triad. I have seen a lot of potential employees that present many of the traits within the dark triad and this now gives me the information I need to combat the potential harm that it may cause. Overall there is bits and pieces of the entire chapter that I will be taking away and using in my position as I move forward.

T.Daniel M5 post

Even though I never been an supervisor before, only as a employee and worker I believe this chapter could help when I be a future supervisor. In chapter 5 of organizational behaviors it states that personality is the sum total of ways in which an individual reacts to and interact with others (Organizational Behavior, 137). It also stated in the same page that measuring personality and personality test have been used increasingly in the diverse organizational settings and the test was useful in company’s hiring decisions. It also help the manager of the company or industry into finding out which applicant would be the best fit for the job (Organizational Behavior, 137). Then there is value where it is the basic convictions where the specific modes of conducts is personally or socially preferable to the opposite (Organizational Behavior 151). While personality is the sum of individuals reacting to or interacting with others, value represent the basics of specific modes of convictions.

I believe the best action to take with a team is the understand one another before starting the task or project at hand. When in a group or team for an company or organization, the members in the team must work with one another and depend on each other to get the work, task, project, and etc. done by working together. However, this could only work if the members understand each other and put their differences aside to make it work and get the job done. Nothing could be done if a team can’t cooperate with one another so I believe understanding and knowing one another within the team could not only help with cooperation, but also future team building exercises and getting to know each member before the team would be made for organizations and companies.

M3 Job Satisfaction

Thinking back on the topic of Job Satisfaction, i couldn’t forget my first job experience working as a brush boy for a land clearing company locally   found in Fairbanks. The hours where long, weather was harsh, yet I never had another job to compare it to, so Working a labor job, $15 dollars an hour at the age of 16 is more then enough to retain my services for a summer. I remember the first month was miserable. The interesting thing about this job was there was concrete potions or a chain of command. typically our teams were in sets of 3, with the longest working employee typically taking the duties as a Saw-Man, which essentially chopped trees. The two other individuals on the team where brush boys. They moved trees. How things worked was employees were payed for the amount the boss believes they are worth, which is biased off of his   and senior employees. A brush boy can be payed equally well as a Saw-man or a   Saw-man can be payed less then a brush boy. The fist summer went on without a hitch and made a few pay bumps and would say I had a high job satisfactory However it was the following season that had problems

Midway through my second season of work I found my self unsatisfied with my work and became tired and fed up with the physical labor. Essentially i was doing my job to well, and although i was receiving a hire payment then the rest of my team. I didn’t want to take on any extra responsibilities are duties… except for getting my hands on the saw. I told my boss of my issues, where shortly I was given a saw and was filling contracts independently. This did fix my job satisfaction… for a time that is. I finished the season out. however i didn’t make a verbal commitment for a 3rd season. By the end of the second season, I was to say “disenchanted” with my first job.   In the end I believe it was the combination of repetitive   monotonous labor and repetitive tasks drove me to seek for other forms of employment.