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Human Resource Management, 3rd Edition by Brown Kenneth G., Stewart Greg L.

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Chapter 10

Developing Employees and Their Careers

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A MANAGER'S PERSPECTIVE

ALEJANDRO SITS AT HIS DESK AND STARES AT THE WALL. HE IS BORED, PLAIN AND SIMPLE, AND THE BOREDOM IS STARTING TO TAKE ON AN EDGE OF DESPAIR. OVER THE LAST MONTH THERE HAD BEEN NOTHING AT WORK THAT CAPTURED HIS ATTENTION IN A MEANINGFUL WAY. HE WASN'T BEING CHALLENGED, HE WASN'T LEARNING ANYTHING NEW, AND IT SEEMED HE WASN'T GOING ANYWHERE WITH HIS CAREER IN THIS COMPANY. HE REFLECTS ON THE LAST CONVERSATION HE HAD WITH HIS BOSS, ERIKA. “WHAT'S WRONG?” SHE HAD ASKED. “YOU LOOK TERRIBLE.”

Alejandro had paused before answering. “I'm not completely sure. I used to really enjoy coming to work, but now I find it hard to get out of bed in the morning. It's not that I don't like it, and I do like working for you. But I feel like I'm wasting my time doing the same things over and over again. I feel like there must be something more I could do, something that could really make a difference. The problem is that I don't know what to do.” Erika had listened and then offered, “I think you are just depressed. Why don't you take the afternoon off and go see a movie? Then go for a run, and you'll feel better tomorrow.” At that point, she had turned back to her computer, ending the conversation. Alejandro waited a moment, and then walked slowly back to his office.

Alejandro continues to sit and mull over the details of ...

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