Personality Motivation and Managing Staff Term Paper
- Length: 10 pages
- Subject: Careers
- Type: Term Paper
- Paper: #77442490
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Personality, Motivation, And Managing Staff
This discussion aims to address the intricacies and detail of workplace conducts as the course theory presents and explains them. The reports explore the character of Andrea Sachs that Anne Hathaway depicts in the movie the "Devil Wears Prada," in presenting this relationship. Using the behaviours and experiences of the character, the discussion explains the way different individuals operate and perform in the work environment. Through an analysis of Andrea Sachs, the discussion also establishes the nature of managerial conducts that would prove appropriate in improving Andrea's level of motivation. This report is worth reading considering the choice of character and the in-depth analysis that the report provides. Besides settling on a character with traits that are open to numerous interpretations, as that the movie presents splendidly, the discussion extensively and vividly establishes the characters experience and behaviours with the theory in use. The reader is therefore able to make clear and direct relationships between the character, her traits, the psychological needs for motivation, and the managerial skills that are significant in motivating the character in different organizational levels. In exploring the issues of interest in this paper, the report presents quotes and examples in describing the character and the reasons behind the choice. A discussion of various managerial actions with relations to increasing and decreasing the level of the characters motivation also emerge here. Moreover, the reporter presents a comparison of personal view on motivation and concludes with a summary of the entire content.
As the movie the "Devil Wears Prada," depicts Andrea Sachs is a fresh graduate from the university with an unquenchable urge to make it in the career world. Andrea's determination to penetrate and make it in the world of journalism is very evident. Her limited knowledge in the fashion arena deters her not from seeking employment with a fashion magazine where she lands a position that many would kill for: a junior personal assistant. Irrespective of the challenges, she meets, especially from her boss, Miranda Priestly, a character that Meryl Streep Played, Andrea does not give up. This earns her tangible recognition time after again from Miranda who extends more and more responsibilities to Andrea. Her survival through humiliating and out of the ordinary treatment from Miranda in the hope of landing her dream position, as either a writer or as reporter, clearly reflects on her rather relentless determination. Additionally, Andre gets through the gossips from her colleagues, who initially resented her sense of fashion, faces relationship challenges with her best friend and boyfriend, and gets through embarrassments from Emily owing to her desire and hope of eventually attaining her goal.
Even though the character depicts determination for her career goals, she considers herself considerate of others and unable to short-change them in climbing the career ladder. The film however presents Andre as a character who unconsciously does what she detests most as she tries to get the position of a writer or a reporter with the firm. The film reveals this side of the character when she expresses discontent over the fact that Miranda ensured Nigel, who was to take over her position, gets out of the company to secure her job. Andre, in this instance claims her inability to fulfil to anyone what Miranda did to Nigel. Miranda however reminds her that she is not any different from her. The fact that she tried so much to maintain her position in the firm after threats of facing the axe was proof to this. According to Miranda, Andrea's response to most of these situation focused en on ensuring her sole security without caring whomever she stepped on. An Example of such scenarios includes her agreement to go to the fall fashion in Paris in the place of Emily, who rightfully deserved the trip. It is however surprising when Andrea, at last, seems to give up on her hope of becoming a writer or reporter with "Runway Magazine" She eventually throws away her mobile phone and leaves the firm for good.
Choosing Andrea Sachs for presenting this report relied on various factors. First, the character provides room for a wide range of behavioural interpretation at the workplace. Her close work with her boss makes it possible for viewers to identify the kind of relationships that she developed with her and the things she did in order to earn her approval. Additionally, the characters obvious determination to succeed in journalism and her many attempts and endurance for the of achieving her objectives provides an opportunity for discovering the things that drove her to success, how the factors affected her professional and personal life and the eventual outcome of all her experiences
Andrea Sachs' Personality
The character's personality in the workplace is affective considering her individual will to remain at her workplace, all the challenges, and humiliations notwithstanding. Although different undesirable features in organizations have the capacity to decrease the levels of motivation in the workplace leading to negative outcomes, this scenario may not be true for all individuals in the workplace. This depends with the personalities of these individuals and their motivational factors. In the case of individuals with affective personality, such challenging situations serve to motivate them and thus enhance their capacity to perform and achieve workplace success. Andrea, presents a characters who rather than budging in to the increasing challenges in the workplace seems to perform better and better in the environment. The character shows great urge for learning in the new and challenging environment and presents a positive attitude even in the face of the challenges she faces from her workmates, seniors, and the circumstances that surround her. Moreover, Andrea seems to perceive the challenges and difficulties she experiences in her workplace positively thus enhancing her performance and capacity to perform and gain success in the organization. Irrespective of the fact that Miranda treats her in a demeaning manner in so many occasions, Andre remains loyal to her boss and continually pleases her as they work together.
Andrea, like other individuals with affective personalities in the workplace appears to have much commitment in her career attempting to adjust to the new challenges as they appear. The character does not seem to bother much about her experience and know how in the fashion industry. She takes up the challenge of venturing into the new world with the prospects of succeeding and eventually achieving her goals. Additionally, she despises not the position she gets as a personal assistant and uses it as a starting point and as a ladder for eventually getting to be a reporter or a writer in the firm. Every experience for her becomes a learning process and the mortifications that sometimes come with the experiences she somehow ignores. Andrea for example frowns not at her colleagues who ridicule and gossip her over her not fashionable dress code. She, on the other hand takes the challenge of fitting into the organizations fashion demand by investing in accessories that meet with the fashion standards of the organization. Although the new job takes up most of her time to the extent of affecting the relationship with her boyfriend, she sticks on with her goal for the longest time she could only letting go when she realized that all the efforts were, after all, not worth making
Andrea Sachs' Motivation
The psychological contract approach extensively explains the aspects of motivation with respect to the character under discussion. As the scholar Rousseau explained, motivation for individuals emanate from within the organization and the prospects that the entity holds or seems to hold for them. With reference to this approach, the terms of exchange between an employee and the organizations they work for provides a basis by which the individuals become motivated. The perception of both the employer and the employee, their relationships and the mutual promises that the two advance or appear to present to one another greatly determines the factors of motivation for the parties. Andrea, though amidst difficulties, seems to derive much motivation from the promises that the organization and her senor present to her.
When Andrea learns that her proper performance and ability to please and gain the trust of Miranda would make her a candidate for success and promotions in the firm, she gets motivated to perform to her best. Because of this, she makes it her personal obligation to please Miranda and overcome the many challenges that come her way during the stay at the organization. This, she does at all costs to the extent of jeopardizing her relationships with individuals others in her personal and professional world. Her entire dedication to her career means she spends less and less time with her boyfriend and this causes conflict between them constantly. Her reluctance to change the situation even costs her h the relationship. While at work, she agrees to step over Emily as she accepts to go to Paris not caring of the kind of effect such a step would have on her already…