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The Effects of Emotions,
Attitudes and Stress on the Workplace

A movie review analysis on The Social Network.

Organizational Behaviour Prepared by:
Prepared for: Shirley RoseJordan Rahmani
Due Date: April 11, 2011Jennifer McNeil
Bryan Bairstow Brad Tomanik

Executive Summary

Table of Contents

Introduction……………………………………………………………………….......

Research Topic ………………………………………………………………………..

Research Topic Relevance…………………………………………………………….

Literary Analysis………………………………………………………………………

Film Analysis………………………………………………………………………….

Conclusions and Recommendations…………………………………………………..

Exam Question………………………………………………………………………..

Introduction
Companies are finding that the attitudes and emotions in the workplace make a difference in individual behavior as well as in the organizations performance and customer service. In the past, companies didn’t think that organizational attitudes and emotions affected the performance of their company. So in today’s business world companies are investing a lot of money to keep their employees happy and stress free by giving them more vacation days and a better working environment. Keeping employees loyal and motivated allows a company to gain a competitive advantage. When employees are working in a business environment that treats them with respect and equality the employees are going to work more efficiently.

Our group chose the movie The Social Network because it is a good example of how the key concepts from our topic can be applied to real life situations. In this paper we will talk about specific scenes from the movie that relate to our topic of how emotions, attitudes and stress affect individuals in the workplace.

A number of academic journals will be reviewed and related back to both our topic and the movie. The movie The Social Network has to deal with emotions attitudes and stress within the work environment and how it affects both organizational commitment and company loyalty. This paper will talk about how our topic is relevant to individuals, organizations and life in general. Also we will discuss what aspects of the movie led us to choose this topic.

Research Topic

The topic we have focused our report on is: The Effects of Emotions, Attitudes and Stress on the Workplace.

Research Topic Relevance
We chose the topic emotions, stress and attitudes in the workplace because the movie The Social Network is built off of our very topic. From the first scene screen writer Aaron Sorkin portrayed emotions as he opened the movie with a negative conversation between main character Mark Zuckerberg and his soon to be ex-girlfriend. This initial scene sparks a flame within Mark, which is followed throughout the rest of the movie.

That night Mark needed to get his mind off of her and decides to make a quick and nasty website that would compare two University girls to each other. The results of this website introduced Mark to two individuals, the Winklevoss twins who approached Mark with the idea of a social networking website called the Harvard Connection and wanted Mark to code it for them.

This meeting gave birth to the idea of Facebook, but more importantly set Mark and his best friend Eduardo on a collision course with negative emotions and attitudes towards each other. The second half of this movie is filled with twists and turns all created because of anger, stress and attitude between characters, and within their workplace. The character Sean Parker is the root of these problems. He starts to separate Mark and Eduardo from each other and negative emotions starts are continually...
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