Problem and Purpose: Examples Here are some examples of well-written problem/purpose statements. Note how the last sentence of the problem starts “The problem is…” and the first sentence of the purpose relates to the problem statement. Then, each student breaks down the purpose into smaller pieces….it is hard to eat an elephant in one bite (even if you have a very big mouth!)….much easier to cut it into smaller pieces…although the elephant may get irritated and I really don’t know about the taste of raw elephant!! Tara Bally: Statement of the Problem In today’s society many families consist of a dual-career household. This type of lifestyle creates strain and stress on women, which may reduce morale, productivity and a sense of community in the workplace. Many organizations now appear to recognize the unique impact that a career and family exerts on women and have implemented policies and procedures intended to minimize the impact. The problem is that human resource management needs a better understanding of the effectiveness of programs designed to minimize the impact that a career and family have on women. Tara Bally: Purpose of the Study The overall purpose of this thesis is to improve our understanding of the effectiveness of programs designed to minimize the impact that a career and family have on women. The overall purpose will be accomplished through four specific purposes. The first purpose of this thesis is to describe and analyze the differences in family life that have occurred in the last sixty years that have contributed to women working full-time outside the home. The second purpose will be to describe and analyze the types of stressors that effect women who have both a career and a family. The third purpose of this thesis is to analyze and critique the effectiveness of work/life programs used/offered by major organizations in the United States. The fourth purpose is to present a set of best practices that can be used by companies developing and implementing work/life programs. Tara Kammarada: Problem Statement Today’s workforce faces many employee relations issues affecting productivity, morale, turnover, absenteeism, and the number of accidents at work. Some of the issues are workplace violence, work/life balance, elder care, child-care, depression, domestic violence, marital, financial, family and legal issues, as well as alcohol and substance abuse. Human resource management must be prepared to deal with these issues. However, the human resource professional might not have the knowledge or manpower to effectively deal with these issues. Some companies have and continue to utilize Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) to deal with employees’ work or personal problems affecting their productivity. The problem is that many human resource managers do not know if EAPs are a cost-effective approach to dealing with the many employee relations issues confronting today’s organizations. Tara Kammarada: Purpose of the Study The overall purpose of this thesis is to improve our understanding of Employee Assistance programs. This overall purpose will be accomplished through two specific purposes. The first purpose is to describe, analyze, and examine Employee Assistance Programs and determine if they are cost effective and worth the cost. The second purpose is to determine if an EAP is a viable answer to dealing with the issues today’s workforce faces. Karen Ferreri: Statement of the Problem Employee training programs increase the retention and productivity of employees of all ages. The number of older people in the workforce is increasing. Many companies do not recognize the potential of older employees, so they do not invest in training programs for them. Older employees are as motivated and able to learn as other employees. The success of these older employees will be directly affected by an effective training program. The problem is that human resource management does not know if the training approaches and techniques that worked in the past will be effective with older workers. Karen Ferreri: Specific Purpose of the Study The overall purpose of this thesis is to improve our understanding of training techniques that will be effective with an older workforce. The overall purpose will be accomplished through four specific purposes. The first purpose will be to examine a profile of older employees to determine if they can be productive and successful workers. The second purpose will be to describe and discuss if training is beneficial to organizations and which techniques have been successfully used with workers in the past. The third purpose will be to determine the factors that make older workers different from their younger counterparts. The fourth purpose will be to discuss and analyze the training techniques that can be applied with older workers to provide them with optimal training experiences.