The purpose of this paper is to help readers better understand the psychological impact of employees feeling underutilized in the workplace.
The case is based on primary data collected from Jonathan and describes his actual experience in the workplace. Mark also provided input on the situation. Because Jonathan and Mark are still employed in the same institution, the names have been disguised to protect their identity.
Jonathan is a highly motivated and successful employee who was promoted into a position that had no real responsibility. His manager would not restructure the job to make it more challenging or rewarding, so after three years of frustration, Jonathan has to decide if he should keep trying to fix the job, coast until retirement or resign.
Complexity academic level
This case is applicable for undergraduate business courses in organizational behavior, principles of management, principles of human resource management or leadership.
This case presents the challenges facing a new pastor at Whitney Avenue Congregational church. For many years the church has seen declining membership. Karl, the new…
This case presents the challenges facing a new pastor at Whitney Avenue Congregational church. For many years the church has seen declining membership. Karl, the new pastor, is expected to help foster growth, but as he has learned, some organization members fear that he may want to change more than they would like to see changed. Karl must decide how to conduct himself at the next church council meeting. He also must decide on an approach to effect positive change in the organization.
Bill Edwards, a newly hired Accounts Payable Manager at Nicalmic Ltd, has noticed that his boss, the company controller, changed data in the vendor master record, while he was a contractor in the interim role, to prevent his income from being reported to the IRS. How should Bill handle this knowledge?
This is a disguised field-researched case.
Relevant courses and levels
This case may be used in a variety of undergraduate business courses, such as introduction to business, business ethics, business law and ethics and freshman seminar.
Students should have some understanding of business ethics, ethical decision making and risks to employees who report unethical conduct.