Discussion Board Assignment

The one-for-one pioneer looks out for its people as well as the world’s poor, with perks like eight weeks’ paid paternity leave.After a yearlong sabbatical, Blake Mycoskie returned to Toms, his philanthropic fashion company, filled with resolve to improve lives. By that, of course, he meant the lives of people in poverty, to whom Toms donates shoes, eye care, clean water, and other goods through its buy-one-give-one model. But he also meant “the people who work here everyday. How are we investing in their well-being?” asks Mycoskie.In the three years since, Toms has introduced several practices and programs to make employees’ lives both more balanced and more fulfilling. There are flexible work schedules and no-meeting Mondays, both suggestions that arrived through a new online platform called Toms Idea Room. A very family-friendly benefits package includes eight weeks of paid paternity leave.The most intriguing practices are those binding Toms’ culture to its mission. For example, once a month, the company holds a “Happy Helping Hour,” in which members of a charitable organization visit Toms to engage with employees in some activity, such as preparing care packages for women in domestic abuse shelters. Toms has greatly increased employee participation in its giving trips, where they assist non-profit partners who are conducting eye exams or distributing shoes in places like Nepal and Honduras. Full-timers are invited on a trip after their first year; after their third year; and then every three years after that.The most recent program is the Tomorrows Project, endowed by Mycoskie with money from the sale of 50 percent of Toms to Bain Capital. Every month, employees are invited to submit ideas for a charitable project that inspires them. The company votes; and the person with the winning idea receives $10,000 and two days off work to make it happen. The Project opened for business in January by sending five children who had lost parents to a grief-support camp. In February, a member of the tech team received 40 used computers to refurbish for at-risk youth.Programs like the Tomorrows Project and Happy Helping Hours work only in a culture where people care more about the social mission than about making a buck or being part of a cool fashion business. Intrinsic motivation, by definition, is not something you can train for. That’s why “we spend a lot of time talking about how to use the interview process to evaluate for fit and values,” says Toms’ chief people officer, Amy Thompson.The company’s interviewing guide is a fascinating document that should appeal to any organization–social enterprise or not–that has bothered to identify values and expects employees to adhere to them. It includes four sets of a dozen or more questions each that track its four values. For example, to see how well a candidate embodies the value “We expect a lot from each other,” a manager might ask how someone would react if their boss requested they do something outside their job description. For “We are committed to a long-term vision,” the manager might ask for an example of an unpopular short-term decision.Embracing a long term vision is especially important as Toms evolves into a larger, more mature organization. “Culture is a very organic thing,” says Thompson. “It is not something you preserve as companies grow. It is something you nurture.”Reference Buchanan, L. (2018). Why this company’s mission includes no-meeting Mondays: The one-for-one pioneer looks out for its people as well as the world’s poor, with perks like eight weeks’ paid paternity leave. Inc.com. https://www.inc.com/magazine/201605/leigh-buchanan/toms-employee-culture-programs.html
Answer the following questions:Strategy at Tom’s

  1. What is the organizational culture of Tom’s like?
  2. How does the organizational culture affect the way the employees behave?
  3. What are some potential sources of intrinsic motivation for Tom’s employees?

To post to the discussion, click on Week 3 Discussionabove, then Create Thread. It is required to submit your initial response post to enter the Discussion Forum. If you enter the Discussion Forum prior to submitting your initial response post, you will not earn credit for your post.Please read each question thoroughly and answer all questions in their entirety in your initial post. It is important to answer all components of the questions in a comprehensive discussion post. If the question asks “Why?” or “Please Explain” it is required to include this information. Please note it is required to support your responses with information from the sources you used. Your peer post responses should include the course concepts. Providing a one or two sentence response is not acceptable. Simply agreeing with your peers or reiterating the information they provided is not acceptable. Your peer posts should include a response that reflects your understanding of the course concepts and provide additional information to add to and further the discussion. You should cite your sources and provide the references for your sources at the end of your posts.Discussion assignments will be graded as follows:Thoroughly answered all of the questions: 40
Quality of responses to two classmates: 20
References to text and/or other sources: 10
Spelling/Grammar at college level: 10
Posted on 3 separate days: 20
TOTAL: 100 points

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It is required to use correct APA 7th ed. format when citing your sources (including the textbook) when writing your discussion posts. This applies to both short quotations and paraphrases. Please include all sources used in the reference list at the end of your posts. In-text and narrative citations are required to avoid plagiarism.All sources are required to be published between 2012 and 2021. Sources should include the course textbook, the article in the above Case Study, scholalry, peer-reviewed journal articles, and professional sources. The following sources are NOT accepted: Wikipedia, Wiki websites, Blogs, encyclopedias, bibliography.com, online books or textbooks, other books or textbooks, dictionaries, online essays, other students’ papers found in online websites, dissertations, White Pages, videos, and non-professional online websites.Your peer responses are required to be addressed to the student you are responding to by name.