Week 4 Discussion

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Week 4 Discussion
by Woodruff Kimberly - Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 9:01 AM

Read the discussion question and post an answer of at least 200 words. Base your answer on this week's readings and your own experience. After you have posted your answer, post at least two responses to your classmates' answers.


What do you predict the future social issues will be in the workplace .What preventative measures would you employ?

(Edited by Geoffrey Laendner - original submission Friday, 23 March 2012, 02:37 PM)

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Re: Week 4 Discussion
by Ellis Delvin - Saturday, December 15, 2012, 1:34 PM

A variety of social issues affect the behavior of employees in the workplace.  Employers are struggling with understanding the social issues employees are dealing with, such as poverty and drug addiction.  These problems often lead to unmotivated, unhappy workforce, which result in significant lost of productivity.

I predict that the future social issue in my workplace will be poverty.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ the poverty level for a family of four is $22,350.  There is a shortage of jobs in the U.S. because of the economy, which cause an alarming amount of people to be unemployed.  In most households where only one member has employment, the family is most likely to struggle.  Many Americans live in households where food availability is unsecure, which mean that people regularly do not have enough food to eat.  Employees who struggles to feed their families or themselves come to work hungry, is unlikely to be productive as if they were well fed.

In conclusion, the preventative measure that I would employ is to provide counseling, offer wellness programs, employee discounts to family events, and have food drives for struggling employees.  A happy workplace is a productive and success workplace.

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Re: Week 4 Discussion
by Dodaro Santo - Thursday, December 20, 2012, 4:11 PM

I think future social issues will be balancing work and life.  As years go by it is harder for men and women to balance the home and work.  Jobs are slowly diminishing and working hours are getting longer.  To survive in this economy both husband and wife needs to maintain full time jobs.  This makes their time together limited and hard to balance especially when children are involved.  Most people are feeling these hard times.  This can lead to depression which can lead to alcohol and drug abuse.   Difficult choices like go home spend time with the family or work late are becoming more common.  We don’t know what tomorrow will bring so its stay late at work to make the extra money. 

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by Donlon Gregory - Friday, December 21, 2012, 3:26 PM

In today’s world money is the start of many social issues. Years ago the men would be the provider in the family (not always the case). If he was struggling it would lead to all kinds of social issues. In today’s world men and women are the providers and go through the same social issues. Pressures of responsibility are a great burden for everyone.

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Re: Week 4 Discussion
by Donlon Gregory - Friday, December 21, 2012, 3:20 PM

I believe social issues in the work place are going to revolve around the pressures of work. Today’s generation  expects everything handed to them and being told they did a good job. When the pressures of work are too unbearable and they are not being told they did a good job for just showing up they are going to be lost. We are going to have social issues of under achievers that do not understand the world around them. There will be mental breakdowns that employers will have to deal with.


Companies need to explain to the prospects what is expected of them and the ramifications of not holding up to their end of the bargain. Also, view the applicants social media page, you can see what potential social issues to expect.