Week 5 Assignment
This is two different assignment. One is 5.1. and 5.2, which is discussion board question and require minimum one page answer and other is Competency assignment. I am attaching you a case scenario for 5.1. and 5.2. assignments.
Read the Case: The New Copy Machine, at the end of Chapter 17.
Answer the following three questions:
- Based on the very limited information you are given above,m which of the three machines might you select? Why?
- Would you alter your decision if you were constrained by the necessity to limit expenditures because of a severe cash-flow problem?
- What additional information would you like to have before making a decision? (What important information is missing?)
Choose one of the ethical cases at the end of Chapter 16 (Exercise: What is Appropriate, What is Not).
- Describe what you believe was not ethically appropriate in the case of your choice.
- How should the situation have been handled correctly?
For this assignment, I am attaching you a link where you can easily read the chapter and the assignment locating in chapter 18, pg.no 345.
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Answer the Questions for Review and Discussion at the end of Chapter 18 in your McConnell text. Then read the Case: Suprise! Answer the 4 questions following the case study.
- Write your answers to all of the questions in the same Word document.
- Be sure that your answers are detailed and thorough and demonstrate that you have read the material.
- A minimum of 2-3 full sentences are expected for each answer.
Week 5 Assignment
5.1- Discussion Board Questions (Assignment 1)
Q1. Based on the new copy machine case study, I would select machine B for various reasons. First, it has an estimated useful life of eight years which is longer compared to that of the other two machines. Secondly, it is available on an eight-year lease period. That is to say, the payment duration of the lease is sufficient for the company to complete it within the projected time. Lastly, the lease is to be repaid at a cost of $500 per year, which is quite reasonable.
Q2. I would definitely alter my buying decision if I were constrained by the necessity to limit my expenditure due to severe cash-flow problems. In this case, I would choose machine A because it is cheaper.
Q3. There are several factors that I would like to know before making my purchasing decision. For instance, I would like to know the estimated budget of the company for the new equipment. In other words, this will enable me to purchase a machine that does not exceed the intended Company’s budget or one that is below it.
In the first ethical case study, Mr. Smith visits the hospital administrator’s office to file a complaint against two young doctors after he overheard them discussing and joking about a patient’s ailment. In this regard, the two physicians committed an ethical offence by talking about a patient’s condition and creating humor out of it in public. That is to say, the medical information was meant to be confidential and should not have been shared with a third party, unless necessary and expressly authorized by either the patient or the health facility. Moreover, physicians have a moral obligation to ensure that their patients are well-informed and able to make sound judgments regarding their ailments (Tschudin, 2013). In other words, the doctor responsible for the patient in question should have taken time to educate her concerning her condition, thus allowing the patient to make informed decisions. In this case, the two offenders should face disciplinary action to prevent a similar scenario from occurring in the future.
Assignment 2- Questions for Review and Discussion
Q1. Describe your understanding of the differences between resistance and inflexibility. Resistance refers to the act of refusing to comply or accept change within an organization as a result of internal or external factors. On the other hand, inflexibility is the inability or unwillingness to adapt to change.
Q2. In the present-day healthcare environment as you see it, what are the two or three changes that have been most upsetting to employees?
Some of the changes that have been most upsetting to employees in the current healthcare setting include the introduction of a new director or executive and adapting a new technology within an organization. In this regard, adapting and learning how to use a new technology can be very challenging to workers since it keeps on changing from time to time. Additionally, the introduction of a new director or executive is more likely to upset employees, especially if the style of leadership is different from that of their former leaders.
Q3. Provide an example of a situation in which you must tell employees what to do rather than solicit their input. Explain why you must tell instead of convince or involve. One scenario in which a leader may be required to tell employees what to do rather than soliciting their views is when supervising a new group or team. In this case, the new members in the group or team may not be aware of what should be done and, therefore, it is the supervisor’s duty to tell them what to do.
Q4. Why is change in the management of a department one of the most upsetting change that can occur affecting the work group?
Change in the management of a department can be very upsetting to the workforce because of trust issues. In other words, the new management may be unfamiliar with how things operate in the new department and take longer to adapt and gain the trust from the staff members, thus affecting the work group negatively.
Q5. Explain the statement: It is not change that people resist so much, as they resist being changed.
Most individuals prefer living in their comfort zone and resist situations that are likely to change or transform them. In this case, the fear of the unknown makes them resist being changed into persons they do not like or are unable to cope with.
Q6. How can a change that may be considered positive, such as moving into new quarters or acquiring all new equipment, still be upsetting and create resistance from some?
A positive change within an organization may upset or create resistance from some employees if they had not been informed about it or involved in the process. Moreover, they may resist if they are not aware of the benefits they are likely to enjoy from the change in question.
Q7. Why can it be said that to a considerable extent today’s “security” lies in flexibility and adaptability?
Flexibility and adaptability are important factors to change. That is to say, constant change is inevitable and individuals’ ability to adopt and adapt to change will determine their level of survival in the current world.
Q8. Why is involving employees in determining the form and direction of any particular change likely to be more successful than giving them carefully prepared detailed instructions?
Involving employees in determining the direction and form of a particular change will allow them to understand its relevance and make them feel as part and parcel of the process. Furthermore, they are more likely to comply and be supportive if they are involved in the change process, than when they are given instructions to follow.
Q9. How would you go about communicating to your employees a mandated change from higher management with which you disagree?
I would ensure that the workforce understands the necessity of the change and its implementation by providing them with all the necessary details. This will make it easier for them to comply.
Q10. With what sort of change are you likely to be in full agreement concerning all of its requirements.
I am likely to be in full agreement with a change that will benefit all the stakeholders including the organization and its staff members.
Q1. What was right or wrong about the manner in which the change in business office manager was made?
The manner in which the change in the business office management was made was wrong because the staff members were not involved in the process. In other words, the change met them by surprise.
Q2. What would you supposed to be the attitudes of the business office staff upon hearing about the change?
The business office employees are more likely to respond to the news regarding the change negatively, because they were left out in the whole process.
Q3 With what attitudes do you suppose the staff will receive the new manager?
The staff members are more likely to be uncooperative or resist the new manager. That is to say, the lack of effective communication between the management and its personnel might have resulted in trust issues which might impact the reception of the new manager negatively.
Q4. In what other ways might this change have been approached?
The management should have taken the initiative to inform its workforce about its plans to bring in a new manager, thus allowing them to say goodbye to their colleague and prepare for the new change.
McConnell, C. R. (2011). The effective health care supervisor. Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
Tschudin, V. (2013). Ethics in nursing: the caring relationship.