Write a graduate level paper about Performance Management problem solving process for an employee issue of Safety Performance. Special emphasis is on pinpointing the issues and positive reinforcement, in a 5 step process (attached)
Sections of paper will include: Introduction, Problem Statement, Literature Review (done first), Reinforcers, Evaluation, Summary and Conclusion.
Paper should be about maximizing employee performance using the five-strip performance solving process.
Introduction (not bolded)
Insert thesis statement (e.g. The technology of performance management process can be used by managers to maximize employee performance.), then a paragraph about how employee performance can be maximized on only through the use of the five-step performance solving process. (A short paragraph here.)
Current State(what is happening now)
Desired Future State(what should happen)
Background (why current state exists)
(Explains the process and what other research says about the material that will be presented in the paper. This is where the (5) peer reviewed sources should be used)
Describe each step of the problem solving process (5) with emphasis on pinpointing (including what behavior is and is not) and reinforcement (describe the consequences, especially the predominate use of R- [Negative reinforcement]and what R- looks like in organizations.)
(Explains how program success will be determined and measured)
Explain how current state can be addressed by using the problem solving process (include emphasis on how each step can create R+) and note how what is happening is probably happening because of consequences being used by managers.
Also address how your organization is doing in terms of the process that is leading to current state and explain how process applied correctly will lead to desired future state.
Encapsulate what the reader just read including how application of process will fix current state problems and lead to desired future state.
Explain in a paragraph or two how application of problem solving process correctly through management of consequences, especially R+, can maximize employee performance.
Explain in a paragraph how problem-solving process could be applied to other current state problems.
References (not bolded APA)
Appendices (if needed, not bolded)
Tips on writing paper:
1. Create outline (should be able to use as table of contents)
2. Create thesis statement. In this case – “The technology of performance management process can be used by managers to maximize employee performance.” This is what the paper is about.
3. Make sure problem statement is clear; what is happening (current state), and what is desired to happen(future state), and basic explanation of background regarding how current state came to be.
4. Research and read material that will be in the Literature Review – very critical step. Do not start writing paper until Lit Review material has been identified that addresses thesis statement and how to get to future state; and, material has been put in outline.
• Trying to write a paper before Lit Review is done is a major mistake people make in writing papers.
• If the Lit Review has been done correctly and integrated into the outline, the rest of the paper should fall out of the Lit Review fairly easily (if not fairly easy, Lit Review is probably not done correctly).
• Lit Review should take most of paper, and should be by far most time consuming part of writing a paper. Material in Lit Review is what lets readers know whether or not write knows what they are talking about.
• It is common for students to try and write a paper before Lit Review is done and not integrated into an outline – which leads to lack of focus, and ongoing re-writing while researching (really, absolutely should not be done – causes large numbers of students to start to babble to themselves and other really strange behaviors.)
• Complete the paper.
• Start careful editing process. Edit to cut paper down (good Lit Review information search should lead to having far more information than is needed in size of paper required). Should be done in terms of “what is the most important information that can be put into paper given length of paper requirements and good writing mechanics.
• Then edit for correct writing mechanics.
Writing APA Sources in text:
In-text Citations (Level One Heading)
In-text citations consist of author’s last name, followed by year of publication. Citations may appear in the running text or within parentheses. Here are some examples.
Zager and Evans (2003) stated that .(etc.).
Maxx and Rogers (2003) reported that .(etc.).
Note that the word and is used in the in text references. However, if the reference were parenthetical (Tyson & Hill, 2007), the reference would use an ampersand. In both cases the date follows the author’s name. One big change is that the date of the reference is now given only once per paragraph for each source.
(example of APA) References
American Greyhound Association. (2004). Internet document with no publications date (assume this is the title of the article). Retrieved from http://www.americangreyhound.org/content.asp?contentid=173
Johnson, S. L. (2008). Autism in the Amish. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 12(2), 209-235. doi:15.1067/0028-147X.138.2.252