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Case Study Chapter 3. Group 1 Can the average person really conceive of working 60+ hours a week, sorting through hundreds of e-mails working on scant hours of sleep and still being able to take satisfaction in their work? For some this style of working and living is as enjoyable for them as it is anathema for the rest of us. Is the person that seeks these jobs different than others, or is it that these jobs have particular benefits and characteristics that attract and engage these people? Jobs of these types have something that makes them attractive and it is possible that they both improve job performance and satisfaction through the nature of the jobs and the fairly competitive nature of these jobs. Stress despite its association as something negative is a force that can be important to people in the workplace. A manageable amount of stress can set us to work harder and faster at tasks that we need to have completed and give a person a greater sense of accomplishment once a task is completed. As stated by Lussier and Kimball (2004), “We all perform better under some pressure….our adrenaline flows and we often rise to the occasion with better than usual performance” (p. 245). There are those however that take this to a new level. People with Type A personalities. There is some debate as to what makes up type A personalities definitively, but generally speaking these people are impatient, time urgency and a competitive drive, some people also characterize “workaholics” as type A (Scott, 2007). With these people it is possible the idea that jobs with long hours, higher profile and such a high attrition rates are part of what attract unique individuals to them. It is likely that both the characteristics of these people and their personality types are part of attracted them to such job opportunities. They wished to succeed and continue to succeed where others before them had failed. These jobs are fast paced and are unlikely to slow down, so a person with strong impatience and time urgency and awareness would not only be better suited to meeting the demands of the job, they in fact might even find the job to be more enjoyable because of the rapid nature of the work. Further many of these types’ jobs involve a great deal of power and status as managers, vice-presidents and division heads. They are in charge and one could surmise that is how they would want it. The ability to make decisions quickly that would produce immediate results as well as resonate throughout not just their company but their respective fields and industries. These four people were empowered by their jobs and displayed a high degree of Job involvement and psychological empowerment. They believed that they were important to the success of their companies because their power allowed them to affect change, to make tangible differences for good or for ill. In our text Irene Tse noted that
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