Research

Research

To complete this project, you must 1. Conduct research to a. Define the concept of emotional labor b. Describe, explain, and discuss perspectives on emotional labor in general as well as in different workplace settings 2. Conduct limited field research aimed at assessing varying understandings and experiences of emotional labor in at least three work settings 3. Analyze and summarize findings from your field research 4. Prepare a term paper on the topic of emotional labor in workplace settings, using both your field research and your background research as you do so

INSTRUCTIONS Before you begin, read through this entire procedure. Then, follow these steps to complete your project: 1. Create your own working definition of emotional labor. Your definition should include likely effects of emotional labor, such as fatigue, workplace stress, anxiety, and alienation. Use your definition to guide your field research and clarify your thinking prior to beginning work on your term paper. 2. Use the following sources to conduct background research. Note:You must use all of these sources for your project. a. Your textbook, Organizational Behavior, page 82

b. Online sources n Context Magazine,“Feeling around the World,” Arlie Hocschild, page 80 http://contexts.org/articles/spring2008/feeling-around-the-world/ n Wikipedia: Defining Emotional Labor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional _labor n “What Is ‘Emotional Labor’?” (feminist view) http://tinyurl.com/kn2zn5y c. At least one source of your own from the Internet, a library source, or elsewhere 3. Prepare a survey for interviewing people in various work settings. On the survey, leave room for notes you take during or immediately following your interview with any subject. Although you may add questions of your own, include the following questions on your survey: a. On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your satisfaction with your job? b. On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your satisfaction with your present workplace environment? c. Are you expected to present yourself in certain ways to customers (patients, passengers, clients, and so on)? d. If so, how are you expected to present yourself? To help the interviewee answer this question, you may ask one or more of the following questions: n Are you expected to follow a sales script? n Are you expected to “up-sell” special offers? n Are you instructed to always be polite?

n Are you expected to encourage and support patients? n Are you supposed to smile when you would prefer to scream or frown? e. Do you feel stress when you feel one way and have to pretend you feel another way? Can you give me examples? f. When you feel some kind of work stress, can you tell me how you feel about it? (If interviewees need help answering this question, you may ask, “Does stress make you feel tired? Frustrated? Amused? Irritable? Sad?”) 4. Follow these guidelines for conducting your research: a. Interview people in at least three different work settings. Your subjects might include fast-food workers, bus or taxi drivers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, sanitation workers, bank tellers, airline flight attendants, public school teachers, paramedics, and social workers—to offer some examples. b. Interview at least two people from each work setting. c. To find individuals to interview, begin making contacts through people you know. d. During the interview, complete the surveys yourself. Don’t ask the subjects to fill out the forms. e. Before beginning an interview, tell each subject that his or her responses will be anonymous. Indeed, it’s advisable to create fictitious names for particular work venues, for the subjects themselves, and for any persons mentioned by the subjects. Also, inform each subject that your written report is for a course, and that it won’t be published anywhere. f. Allow your respondents to speak freely. Don’t allow your survey form to keep you from taking notes on unexpected comments, observations, and information provided by the subjects. In other words, keep an open mind.

g. Don’t record an interview on any electronic device, such as a tape recorder, cell phone, or camcorder, without the express permission of the subject. If you do record any interview, destroy or delete any such information upon completion of your research project. 5. Prepare a five- to eight-page term paper based on your research. Draft your paper on the basis of your background reading and your field research. Edit and revise your draft prior to submitting it to your instructor. PAPER SPECIFICATIONS 1. Prepare your paper for electronic submission in a wordprocessing program. 2. Prepare a title page with the following information: a. Title: Emotional Labor in the Workplace b. Your name c. Your student number d. Course title: Organizational Behavior e. Project number: 50048200 f. Current date 3. Double-space your paper, with left and right margins of 1 to 1.25 inches, flush left and ragged right. 4. Provide adequate source citations. 5. Include a header on each page except the title page. In the header, include your name, student number, and the page number. 6. Do not plagiarize.The direct usage of materials from any source without proper and accurate credit is plagiarism. Be sure to properly attribute direct quotes and paraphrases. If you plagiarize in any way or to any degree, your term paper will receive a failing grade.

7. Use the following outline as a suggested guide for the structure of your paper: a. Introduction. Summarize your paper. Briefly describe what the paper is about and how you went about writing it. b. Emotional Labor: Psychological Stress in the Workplace. Describe emotional labor, including various perspectives on its nature and its psychological costs. The material for this section should come mainly from your background research. c. Interviews. Explain what you learned from your interviews. Include anecdotal material to engage the reader and, to a limited extent, offer your interpretations and impressions. d. Summary and conclusion. Discuss your overall impressions, your view on the causes of emotional labor, and perhaps, how it might be m

 
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