Legal Issues in the Workplace

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Effective Communication Paper

HCS/241

May 2, 2011

In order for a business or company to run smoothly, the employees and company must be on the “same page” when it comes to what the goals of the business are and the ideas that employees have for making it a better place to work. Many businesses today are asking their employees how they can improve the working conditions and make it more enjoyable for an employee to be at work. There are many ways that companies are doing this. I will be explaining the way that the company I work for not only explains or shares knowledge about how the company is doing, but I will explain how the company wants feedback on how they can make the working conditions better for the employees. I will first explain that I work in a very big distribution center for a large home improvement center company. When I first started with this company, I wondered if this was going to be one of these businesses that even cared about their employees or what they had to say, or was this company so big and powerful that they were not interested in what their employees had to say because the company’s way is the right way and the only way. I quickly learned that not only was this company not a big bully to their employees, but that they actually went out of their way to ask the employees how they thought they could improve the company but also how could the company improve for the benefit of the employees. The company’s attitude towards their employees is similar to what is stated in this article, "Human happiness has large and positive causal effects on productivity. Positive emotions appear to invigorate human beings, while negative emotions have the opposite effect" (Doward, J., 2010.) There are many ways that my company shares knowledge and involves its employees in formulating solutions to problems within our building and the company. I…...

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