Term paper Soc 206.docx - Catherine Lopez SOC 206 Professor Term Paper Karen Hannen took over the Division of Economic Analysis in the Department of

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Catherine Lopez 5/14/19 SOC 206 Professor Term Paper Karen Hannen took over the Division of Economic Analysis in the Department of Commerce and Economic Development and was employed to strengthen the department after years of poor administration and to encourage a positive approach to diversifying the economic base of the state. However overpaid senior economist Robert Welch grew to become a burden to the improvement of the department. After nine years of comfort, Robert has grown unhappy with his position but due to his seniority he doesn’t quit and makes it difficult to fire him. Karen is respected and is a well- seasoned executive but as a newcomer, she doesn’t have an established “place” in the office. Robert, on the other hand, has been there for 9 years and has been able to create close relationships with those around him and has used that to his advantage by throwing his work on them. The status of both of them are different yet similar. Karen has a high status because she’s the manager, but Robert also has high status because of his seniority. A high status can make you feel better about yourself and add weight to your opinions according to Beyond Reason . You can influence other people with status alone. Acknowledgment of everyone’s status in his or her field is important. If someone is good at what they do, then recognize that-that expertise adds something to your interaction that you may lack.
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Karen’s goals are based on the efficiency of the office she’s in charge of as manager, while Robert’s goals are mainly social, where he can maintain his place of power and lifestyle while upholding the connections he has made in the office. Robert desires to maintain the norm of respecting seniority, such as himself, while Karen wishes the organization’s norms to be based on hard work and shared even division of labor. Karen has two decision to make which is fire Robert for his poor performance or keep him despite his poor performance. Although she doesn’t want someone in the office affecting the productive of the office, she fears the office structure would be negatively affected should she force Robert to leave when he does not wish to. Her tone approaching this dilemma should be calm and open. Karen may
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