Strong cognitive abilities are usually
considered a very important and positive trait to seek when hiring new
employees. However, one police department decided not to higher those who
scored too high on acognitive skillsexam on the
grounds that people who are too intelligent will not be satisfied with their
job as a police officer and will end up quitting (Naish, 2013). This of course
is a controversial policy that resulted in at least one lawsuit.
For this assignment we will be looking at individual characteristics
that may predict job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and job
performance for police officers. Being a police officer is a demanding job that
required strong physical capacity, sharp mental capacity to deal with difficult
and life-threatening situations, and strong interpersonal skills in order to
effectively work with the communities they protect and serve. The issue of what
traits to look for in police officer recruiting is a controversial one.
Review the background materials on individual traits, personality, and
attitudes such as job satisfaction and organizational commitment. Then read
these articles on law enforcement recruitment with the issues in the background
materials in mind:
Naish, R. (April, 2013). Too clever by half. E. Learning Age, 8.
Means, R., Lowry, K., & Conroy, D. (2011). Hiring: Background
investigation,part 3. Law & Order, 59(3),
Reaume, S. (2009). Improved hiring for child protective investigators. Law
& Order, 57(2), 19-20,22,24. [ProQuest]
Now suppose a police department has hiredyou as a
consultant to come up with anexam to assess
personality and other traits of applicants to the department. The department is
looking to hire applicants who meet the following criteria:
1. Are likely to have
strong job satisfaction and organizational commitment to the police department
after they are hired.
2. Will be able to
work effectively under stressful and sometimes life-threatening situations; can
make good decisions under pressure.
3. Will be able to
present a positive image of the police department in the communities they serve
and maintain strong relations with community leaders.
Using whatyouâve learned in the background about personality
traits such as the Big Five Personality traits and factors that influence job
satisfaction and organizational behavior, write a 4- to 5-page paper addressing
the following issues:
1. Do you think cognitive abilities should be part of the exam?Do you agree with
the police department mentioned in Naish (2013) that there should be an upper
limit to cognitive abilities, or should the
department try to hire those with the highest cognitive abilities?
2. What personality
traits do you think will best
predict a police officerâs ability to handle stressful situations in the field
and make decisions under stress? Consider the Big Five traits as well as any
other personality traits that you read about in
the background materials. Be specific about what traits the departmentshould consider and
why these traits will be associated with an ability to work under stress.
3. What personality traits
will best predict an ability to work cooperatively with their coworkers as well
as with members of the community they serve? Again, be specific about which
traits the departmentshould consider and why these traits
will be associated with a good ability to work with others
Module 1 – SLP
DIFFERENCES IN THE WORKPLACE
For the Session Long Project,
you will be applying the concepts from the background materials to your own
personal workplace experiences. For this assignment, think of two former or
current coworkers that had unique personalities. Choose two people that you
worked with closely enough that you were able to get a good idea of their
personality traits and workplace attitudes.
Review the main personality
traits and attitudes from the background materials, and think about how these
apply to your two coworkers. Then write a 3-page paper addressing the following
How would you describe the personalities of these two coworkers?
Use the Big Five Personality traits and other traits from the background
materials to describe their personalities the best you can.
How would you describe their workplace attitudes including job
satisfaction and organizational commitment?
Do you think their personality traits impacted their workplace
attitudes, or where other factors such as the work environment, job
characteristics, etc. have a greater impact on their attitudes?
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