Week 3 Assignment

Topic Selection

The topic that I would enjoy studying in more detail is actually one that I have wanted to do lots of research on before this class. I have always wanted to study the impact of human behavior in a work environment. This has always been an area of interest for me since I started to run my first recruiting station and learning how each one of my soldiers reacts to certain rewards and punishments, as well as how little changes in operations brings the best in us or makes us crumble under the pressure. I am very excited to learn more and develop my skills and understanding of this topic and also apply the knowledge in my day to day working environment as I grow through the ranks in the military.

The Company’s President Brief

            If I were to be asked to brief the company’s president on the impact of human behavior in the work place, it would be a task that I would take very seriously. I would explain to him/her that every single employee reacts differently to different leadership styles. Employees experience different levels of motivation and work differently under various leadership styles. I came across a quote on this topic that I found interesting, the quote stated “Starting at infancy, we all try to get others to do what we want. We learn early what works in getting us to our goals. Instead of crying and throwing a tantrum, we may figure out that smiling and using language causes everyone less stress and brings us the rewards we seek.” (Bauer and Erdogan, 2017). This is exactly how we as managers need to think within an organization. Every single person within the organization reacts differently to getting yelled at: namely, one may learn and never have the same issue again and yet another one may shut down and quit. This is why it is important to understand the employees and the managers under you, everyone is different and reacts differently. In the Army, we have a saying that states, “know your soldiers.” This saying is not only key in the military, it also relevant to civilian organizations. That is why it is important for every organization to study this topic, so as managers and the top leadership in any particular organization can understand how changes, structure and leadership can affect performance, motivation and the will to work hard.

5 resources on this topic

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November 9, 2019, from https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a009513.pdf.

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communication of creative ideas within work teams? Emotion, 16(6), 798–802. https://doi.org/10.1037/emo0000183






Bauer, T., & Erdogan, B. (2017). Organizational behavior (2nd ed.). Asheville, NC:

Soomo Learning. Available from http://www.webtexts.com