People Work and Organizations Labor

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Your assignment is to watch one episode of a one-hour reality/documentary (non-fiction) TV show that depicts a workplace and working relationships (do not choose a competition show). Watch the show and then write a 2-3 page response paper that does the following:

  1. Describe the workplace on the show in one paragraph.
  2. Discuss the representation of the workplace and workers in 1-2 paragraphs.What has the TV production chosen to emphasize.Does the representation promote or challenge any stereotypes?
  3. Highlight and discuss a particular issue in this workplace that relates to one of the concepts from this class.Issues might include: corporate strategy, organizational culture; workplace hierarchy; job security; race and gender dynamics; recruitment and selection; job training; performance incentives. You should focus on only one issue, describe the challenges and mention one or two suggestions for improving the workplace.

You may choose any appropriate show, or select another show. Many of these shows are currently airing on TV, and most are also available online via various websites including Hulu or for purchase from iTunes. Examples of possible shows include the following:

Ice Road Truckers
The Deadliest Catch
Undercover Boss
Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares
American Chopper
Dirty Jobs
LA/Miami Ink
Duck Dynasty

There are probably dozens of other shows that meet the criteria – choose one that interests you.

You must write your paper on your own, and cite all of your sources.

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