Applied Project Prosepctus

Zach’s Applied Project Prospectus

I am working on the topic of union management relations, because there is a lot that goes into unions, and I want to know as well as help my reader better understand how unions work, operate, and processes that go into each side of the decision making. I have started with talking with one of my bosses at the Human Resources Office at PSU, who happens to be the Director of Human Resources. So far we have gone over the basics and she has given me a lot of information on how to further my research. As well as given me the resources to go over PSU’s union contract and will set me up with people to interview.

This topic is interesting to me because I will be in business settings throughout my career and I would like to see how PSUs union contract compares to the Industry standard. I am still finalizing exactly what I will be going over, but as of now I will focus on; benefits, pay grade or salary, and cost of health care. I will be creating a presentation of the industry standard compared to PSU, as well as have an interview section with the heads of both sides of the discussion and just regular employees of PSU.  Search terms would include Plymouth States University Union Contract and Industry Contracts. I believe Business Source Premier and Regional Business News will both be a good database to search for academic articles. Business Source Premier is an obvious choice, and the Regional Business News will be good to compare unions across the Country.

October: Begin research into PSUs union contract and Industry contracts

Mid-October: Complete an outline of interview questions

November: Finalize the presentation and the interview questions, then conduct the interview.

November 20th: Submit the project

Research Article Prospectus

What is the best and most efficient way for employees to work a 40 hour week?

I am working on the topic of a 4-day 10-hour work week, because I want to find out if it increases happiness and productivity, in order to help my reader understand whether or not it is a successful strategy to change the normal work week. I have done some initial research and personally believe that this method of organizing the work week is the best option. I believe employees when working only 4 days will feel happier about the work they have done, and will also complete it in a more efficient manner.

This topic is interesting to me because I will be within a business setting for a majority of my life, and hopefully all of my career. As a future Human Resources professional I would like to see the benefits as well as the disadvantages to this style of work week. The questions I need to answer are; What is the best set up of a 40 hour work week? What advantages does a 4 day week propose? What disadvantages does it propose? What is the best method for the integration of a 4 day work week? The best term for research I have found is either ‘4 day work week’, or ‘alternative work week’. Business Source Premier and Regional Business News will both be a good database to search for academic articles. Business Source Premier is an obvious choice, and the Regional Business News will be good to search for specific countries that have already mandated 4 day work week schedules.

October: Begin research and go through a multitude of sources, begin outline

Mid-October: Complete outline, begin draft, and edit

November: Revise drafts, and start to finalize

November 20th: Submit paper

Research Article and Applied Project Ideas

Research Article

1

I am working on the topic of a 4-day 10-hour work week, because I want to find out if it increases happiness and productivity, in order to help my reader understand whether or not it is a successful strategy to change the normal work week.

I believe this idea would be an interesting and fairly easy topic to research and write about. I know there have been many articles and research done for this topic. Also I do believe that a 4-day 10-hour work week could be a successful way to increase happiness and productivity, so it will be interesting to actually find out.

2

I am working on the topic of man vs. machine recruiting because I want to find out whether actually does a better job at it, because it will help me reader better understand how it may affect my future as well as many others within the field of Human Resources.

This topic is interesting to me because it could very well affect me in my future career as well as the industry as a whole. There are many other topics within human resources, but hiring is a major focal point within the profession. There is also an aspect of psychology in whether a person would act differently to a human rather than a machine when interviewing and answering questions.

3

I am working on the topic of whether cash is the best motivational tool for workers, because I want to find out what the best motivator is, in order to help my reader, understand what the best overall methods for motivation are.

This topic would also be interesting because most would think that cash would be the best motivator. But, I do believe there are a lot of other perks that workers may like more than just more money. Also, research into this topic should be straight forward and easy to come across. Also, I could tie in both business and how different cultures would react to each aspect.

4

I am working on the topic of employee retention, because I want to find out the best way to keep employees within a company, in order to help my reader understand the best method to do so.

I think employee retention is another interesting focal point within human resources, and it would be interesting to find out more about the techniques and strategies to do so. I believe that research within this topic and a majority of hr related topics should have a multitude of research and articles available.

5

I am working on the topic of employee pay and a focus upon benefits, because I want to find out what the comparisons and differences to pay and benefit packages, in order to help me readers understand what the best mix of payment and benefits are.

This topic would be interesting to learn more about because knowing the best package of pay and benefits are would be beneficial to know for my future. I also think it would be interesting to research to see what comes up, and what I can find. Also, I could tie in both business and how different cultures would react to each aspect.

Applied Project

1

I am working on the topic of man vs. machine recruiting because I want to find out whether actually does a better job at it, because it will help me reader better understand how it may affect my future as well as many others within the field of Human Resources.

This topic is interesting to me because it could very well affect me in my future career as well as the industry as a whole. There are many other topics within human resources, but hiring is a major focal point within the profession.

2

I am working on the topic of union management relations, because there is a lot that goes into unions, and I want to know as well as help my reader better understand how unions work and operate.

The topic would be interesting to consider because unions can do many different things the a body of workers. I know a lot about unions currently, but I think it would be interesting to know more about the management side of it all. This topic could be difficult to find a lot of information on, so it may not be the front runner in the end.

3

I am working on the topic of the different roles within human resources, because there are many different roles, that are usually done by multiple workers, I want to help me reader better understand each role and the multitude of assignments within the profession.

This topic is interesting because hr does have a lot to it, and many different roles. I think it would be interesting to research multiple companies to see how they break up the tasks and compare them to others.

Lifework

My future career will be with Human Resources (HR). For the past four years I have worked at this goal, and I am nearly at the end of it all. I did go into this career because I do like the work, saying this no one can sit at a desk 40 hours a week doing paperwork and responding to emails and be completely happy. What I really love to do, even if no one pays me for it is working with my hands, no matter what it is. I love to draw, paint, or even build random things out of the available material. I always find myself building little things, or fixing things with my hands. If I wasn’t going into HR, I would definitely be in some sort of profession that works with their hands. In the future I would like to have a little workshop somewhere on my property where I can store tools and material for whenever I would like to use it. I have always had this little want in the back of my mind, and I always knew if I could ever easily afford it, that I would make sure that I have it. I have always wanted to learn how to build a table, and then from there a chair, and just keep going on and on until I become very good at it. I want to be able to build really any common household item, simply because I find stuff like that just fun. Another thing I really like to do is traveling and adventuring. I have not done a whole lot of traveling in my 21 years. But, I do know that I love doing it. I would like to go to places in the Mediterranean, places like Greece and Italy. I have also always wanted to go to England, France, Switzerland. Really I would love to go all across Europe, if I could afford to do so. I feel like I know a good deal about my future career for my age. I know that working 40 hours a week will still let me to be able to focus on some of my passions, such as working with my hands and created things. I also know that if I do well within my field that eventually I will be able to afford things like wood working and even traveling across Europe and the Mediterranean once I retire. I know for the first 20 years into my career I will have to do well and save if I want these thing. But, in the meantime I have no problem with discovering more of the United States. I have only been to five of its states, and I know there is a lot more for me to discover. But, eventually if I do well within my career I know that I can afford to do the things that I am passionate about. Most importantly I know I will be very happy within my future career, as well as any future endeavors I may come across.

My Intellectual Journey

Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) seems to be a major that does not fully belong to me. There are many other majors that have been created that have a lot more interesting aspects and thoughts put into them. Mine being Human Resources (HR) seems to be probably the most boring contract created through the IDS program at Plymouth State University (PSU). I think this is because HR is a major that many universities offer already. Although, I think there is something to say about the fact that I have gotten it done as an IDS Major. I believe my HR degree is more interesting than the average HR degree, because I didn’t just take all business courses. I have more disciplines tied in meaning I have a better background knowledge on more than just a business aspect. For instance, I have taken some psychology courses in order to understand the brain and how people think. Now i’m not saying im an expert by any means, but it does give me more knowledge than your average HR major. Another would be the law aspect, I am pretty well versed in the law, as any HR major should be. But, I do believe that I filled my major with more ethical and thought provoking courses on the law, cultural diversity, ethics, and how morality comes into play with all of it. Another thought for how my IDS major puts me ahead of other HR majors, could be how being multi-disciplined beyond the fact of having a better background makes you think in more interesting and open way. Having a background in many disciplines is a very good thing to have, especially when it all ties together the way my major does. Possibly, another thought could be how through open pedagogy I have been able to think up new ideas or thoughts, rather than reading and reacting to them. This thought is definitely a stretch within the field of HR, but nonetheless I believe it is a good skill to have. I guess what I hope to get out of my senior seminar and by the end of my intellectual journey is a very detailed statement about how my HR degree sets me apart from the rest.

My PLN

Zachary Newquist PLN

  1. What did your research tell you about how people share ideas in your fields?

For people going into the business world the best option is definitely LinkedIn, every and anyone going into any business-related field is on LinkedIn and if they are not, they should be.

  • What tools will best allow you to learn about new ideas in your fields?

The following tool. By following different businesses or fields you will have a personalized feed. From there you can react or share whatever piece or article you come across. You can also link with people which will show you what they react to/follow.

  • What tools will best allow you to connect with scholars and professionals in your fields?

Linking, LinkedIn is all about connecting with friends, coworkers, or even classmates. The more links you have the better off your own LinkedIn will be.

  • What tools will best allow you to share you own knowledge, experiences, and ideas with other people in your fields?

Sharing and reacting to things that come across my feed. As well as following and linking with more people, because then I will see even more interesting articles come across my feed.

  • How public do you want to be? Why?

On LinkedIn you want to be very public while also being professional. This doesn’t mean you cannot go out and like a certain car brand even if your profession has nothing to do with it. You just want to keep what you post and react to friendly and professional.

  • How will you engage at least once a week with your Personal Learning Network?

You can either at least make a new connection every week, or follow/join a different group every week, or do both. I believe either sharing interesting information as well as making more links will suffice with being engaged within my PLN of LinkedIn.

  • How will you know if your PLN is serving you well or not?

Depending on how many links you get. I believe the more links you get the better your chances for learning new information and meeting new links that could help you in your future.

Human Resources Updated

Zachary Newquist

Human Resources

I am Zachary Newquist and the name of my program is Human Resources (HR). My major will be covering classes from Business, Psychology, and some Law. I feel these programs will easily fit together to form a specific HR major. These programs will fit into the Interdisciplinary Studies program perfectly due to the mix. With these programs I know how to properly act in a business place, but will also have the Psychology of how to deal with others. Including aspects of Law in my degree would be very helpful as well. I want to be in HR because I want to be in a position of influence; a position where I have say, I can change lives, and develop with the people around me. I feel one of my good skills is conversing with others, whether it is a personal issue or just usual venting. I knew I wanted to be in HR, so I figured that I should just take Business. I thought that this would just be the best shot, even though Business would not fully encapsulate HR. This is when I found the Interdisciplinary Studies program. I saw the opportunity to make a specific HR major. With the addition of Psychology and Law I can pinpoint certain courses that will help me the best. I feel like what I am doing is different than majoring in Business and minoring in Psychology. With IDS I can add Law as well into the mix. Making the program through IDS will prove to be more useful because through this program I will be taking the courses from each program that directly relate to HR. This will make my program even stronger. I am trying to take these fields and make them one solid idea.

In my contract I have many Business and Psychology courses. None of these courses are specifically Law courses. My first non-IDS course is Introduction to Business Administration (BU2250) it will cover the impact that business makes on our society and environment. How Business is managed and operated. It is also the base Business course; it will give me the knowledge to go further into Business.In Business, Ethics, Society (BU2440) I will learn how to make the proper decisions through corporate standards. Part of this course will focus on Human Resource management issues. Business Law I (BU2480) will go over administrative, criminal, civil, and Constitutional law through common law as they relate to the workplace. It will cover topics on working law and relations in a workplace. Human Resource Management (BU3180) will cover Human Resource functions of hiring, selection, placement, and development. These functions are based on governmental regulations as well as administrative concerns. Organizational Behavior (BU3420) in this course I will learn how to manage in the workplace. As well as help reach personal goals, and how to be successful in a rapidly changing career. Some topics include decision making, teamwork, and conflict management. Small Business Law and Human Resources (BU3470) I will learn the basics of law and legal issues, and the best practice within HR. It will focus on multiple issues that are usually faced within HR. As well as complying with various federal and state statutes and regulations. With an emphasis on Human Resources. Interpersonal Relations (BU4260) is supposed to develop managing skills required for a diverse workplace. To help you understand the effectiveness of interpersonal behavior under conditions of uncertainty. Topics include such areas as communication, listening and feedback, team building and employee development, problem solving and decision making, conflict management. I believe these skills would be very useful to someone in HR. The last Business course is Organizational Communications (BU2290). The focus is on developing interpersonal, presentation skills. It discovers communication through many ideas. Additional topics may include research, employment preparation, teamwork, and intercultural communication. This course is also my required WRCO. These courses are necessary in an HR major.

The next area to cover is the Psychology department. Introduction to General Psychology (PS2010) is the introduction, meaning it will go over the basic of psychology. It is also the prerequisite for many other courses. Measuring Behavior (PS2100) is an introduction to strategies of measuring behavior and analyzing data. It also includes appropriate use of technology. It will help me understand others behavior in a proficient manner. This course is also a TECO. Social Psychology (PS3030) focuses on social phenomena with emphasis on concepts and methods used in the study of the behavior of individuals in various situations. This course would be important to my program. It will help me prepare for any situation that comes up in a workplace. Statistics in Psychology (PS3140) is just the basic statistics to psychological variables. This will give me an understanding of statistics with psychological variables. This course is a QRCO. Psychology of Women (PS3200) is alecture and discussion integrating biological, psychological and medical information to examine objectively the origin and development of sex differences. Topics include differences in biological makeup, personality, learning, aggression and achievement motivation. Industrial/Organizational Psychology (PS3460) is a survey of psychological principles to the work place. Topics include personnel testing, evaluation, roles of psychologists, working condition, safety, and human factors. Adulthood and Aging (PS3560) is important because there are major transitions from adolescence and the end of life, even from 25 to 45. Physical, cognitive, personality, social and occupational developments. These were the important courses that relate to the Psychology side of my program.

My program is Interdisciplinary. It covers Business and Psychology, as well as some Law aspects. Taking the courses in my contract will cover the things I need to go into the field of Human Resources. This program will help me in my future. I will have a degree called HR, which is specifically for it. Also, this major has the Business courses to possibly be an entrepreneur later in the future. I will have the basics of Business through college and the time I spend in HR. This program would give me what I need to be successful in the future.

UPDATE

My major has changed quite a bit. Not in terms of the function and overall theme, but many of the courses have changed due to them just being no longer available. Intro to Business, Interpersonal Relations, Measuring Behavior, Psychology of Women, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Adulthood and Aging, and Statistics of Psychology. have all been changed out just because they were not being offered anymore whether it was because they removed the class or because it would fit into my schedule by the end of my four years. I replaced these courses with Business Computer Applications, Organizational Behavior, Professional Employment, Cultural Diversity in American Society, Intro to Anthropology, Statistical Literacy in Todays Society, and Society, Ethics, and the Law. Looking back at my courses trying to figure out exactly what I took out has been difficult. The first time I submitted my program it got denied because of the Psychology courses and how they related, so I took out most of them but cannot seem to find a separate essay in any of my old emails. This essay is not exactly up to date with what my original accepted contract was. Also, my contract has been changed around a bit through the years, which has made it even harder to know exactly what is the same and what is different. Overall, I know that the largest change has been the amount of business courses that have been added, either from my first draft to the first accepted contract. I feel good about the addition of more business courses, because looking back at it, Human Resources really is a business degree in any other university. I had to create one through IDS because the only offering of it was as a minor and I knew as a freshman that I wanted HR to be my focused degree. After this semester I will have all my major related courses in my degree done and I feel good about the courses I have taken. It feels as if it has focused on a lot of business aspects as well as a good proportion of law related material. I feel that taking this degree into the career of Human Resources will be very beneficial and will give me a good background prior to my first job.