Purdue University Global Memorandum for The Workplace Analysis Paper

Imagine that you are currently working in your field of study, in your dream job. You enjoy your work and you are recognized as being a dependable employee who is a self-starter and a problem solver.

Imagine that you have recently noticed a problem on the job. You may have noticed that a lot of your fellow officers are suffering from stress if you are in law enforcement, or you may have noticed that a lot of your fellow teachers do not return after their first year, or you may have noticed that a lot of your fellow employees are frequently absent.


Demonstrate your problem-solving skills by offering your supervisors a solution to the problem you have identified. Write a 3–4 paragraph (1-1 and ½ pages, single spaced) memorandum to the decision makers in your organization, making sure you do the following.

  1. Demonstrate to the particular audience why this specific problem is something that they need to address
  2. Present a reasonable solution (one solution, not a series of recommendations for what they might do) to this problem, explaining why you think the solution would work for this particular organization
  3. Incorporate paraphrased information from one relevant and reliable secondary source that either helps you show the seriousness of the problem or that helps support your suggested solution.
  4. Cite the source you use, both in text and in an appropriately APA formatted Reference page.
  5. Organize your ideas logically and demonstrate appropriate paragraphing
  6. Use language appropriate to your audience and to the writing situation
  7. Edit your document to avoid distracting grammar and punctuation errors

Minimum Submission Requirements

  • 3-4 paragraphs (1–1 and ½ pages single spaced)
  • Memorandum format written to a specific organization
  • Problem identified and one solution addressed
  • Source cited in-text and in References page, in 6th edition APA format

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