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W1 Assignment "Workplace Shifts"

 

Society has evolved over the last century causing organizations to change with the times.  

 

This evolution has, in turn, required workers to "re-tool" to be a productive and indispensable member of the workforce.  

 

Using this lead-in as the context,write a 1500 word paper in which you describe the workforce shifts in types of jobs during the past hundred years. Also, answer the over-arching question, "What implications have these workforce shifts created for today's HR manager?"

 

Please include a title sheet and 2-3 references.  Only one reference may come from the internet (not Wikipedia).  The other references should be located in the Grantham University online library.  Only the body of the paper will count toward the word requirement.  Please write in 3rd person.  See rubric below.

 

 

 

W2 Assignment "Level the Playing Field"

 

The original intent of affirmative action was to “level the playing field” and ensure minority groups were treated fairly during the employment process.  

 

Using the original goal of affirmative action as a framework, write a 1500 word paper in which you analyze and discuss the evolution of affirmative action over the last 40+ years.  

 

You must draw conclusions based on research from outside resources and answer the following question in your paper, “Has affirmative action been consistently and effectively used to create a more robust and productive workforce?

 

Please include a title sheet and 2-3 references.  Only one reference may come from the internet (not Wikipedia).  The other references should be located in the Grantham University online library.  Only the body of the paper will count toward the word requirement.  Please write in 3rd person.  See rubric below.

 

 

 

W3 Assignment "Job Search"

 

A well-developed resume remains an essential element of successfully obtaining a job.  

 

This is a multi-part assignment.

 

Part 1: Conduct resarch and write a 1 page paper. Instructions include:

 

  • Online Job Search – Conduct an online job search and identify a position you might be interested in applying for.  
  • In your paper, discuss your online search and how you went about finding the position.
  • Also, describe the job and how your background matches the requirements of the position. (Minimum length of 1 page).

 

[Notes:  If you’re in the military and have no plans of discharging in the near future, focus on a civilian job that you would like to transition into following your military career.  If your circumstances do not allow you to work, consider volunteer activities within your community that you would like to be a part of.]

 

Part 2:  Develop and write a 1-2 page resume.

 

  • Write a 1-2 page resume, designed to compete for the position you researched and chose in Part 1 of this assignment. 
  • Your finished product (Research and Resume) should be a total of 2-3 pages in length.

 

Please include a title sheet.  See rubric below.

 

 

 

W4 Assignment "Costs"

 

Costs are a consideration of every organization and in economically difficult times many managers may want to cut the "training budget" to save costs.  

 

I'm sure that you've heard that training is always the first to go in tough times.  But is that really the smartest business strategy to employ--or during economically difficult times should the "training budget be increased?

 

Write a 1500 word paper taking one side of this issue.  

 

Should:

 

  • Training should be cut in tough times
  • Training should be increased during tough times

 

Please include a title sheet and 2-3 references.  Only one reference may come from the internet (not Wikipedia). The other references should be located in the Grantham University online library.  Only the body of the paper will count toward the word requirement.  Please write in 3rd person.  See rubric below.

 

 W4 Midterm

 

 

 

  1. What are the five traditional career stages? Which of the five traditional career stages is probably least relevant to HRM? Defend your position.
  2. How can a socialization process benefit an organization and the employee?
  3. Describe the role HRM plays in orientation.
  4. Contrast the external and internal dimensions of a career. Which do you believe is more relevant in determining an employee's work behavior?
  5. What kinds of signals can warn a manager that employee training may be necessary?

 

 

W5 Assignment "Case Application"

 

Growing Pains at Modern Office Supply” (pages 270-272 in the text).

 

After reading the case annotated above, answer the following questions as noted on page 272 of the text:

 

1.     What is missing in the performance management process and what ways would improve the performance management process help improve discipline and morale at Modern Office Supply?

 

2.     How can ineffective performance management programs leave employers vulnerable for claims of discrimination?

 

3.     How does the form used for hourly employees contribute to errors and distortion in the appraisal process? How would you revise the form or reduce them? Explain other steps that need to be taken to further reduce distortions in the process?

 

4.     What type of form would you recommend that would be more effective for the hourly employees? Construct an appropriate form for the delivery driver position

 

5.     How can the appraisal process for the manager be improved?

 

There are no “right” or “wrong” answers, only well-substantiated opinions based on critical analysis.

 

Regardless of your responses, be sure to substantively support your answers with references to the text and/or outside sources. Your finished product should be a minimum of 2-3 pages. (For instance, each question could be a new level 1 heading in your paper).

 

Please include a title sheet and 2-3 references.  Only one reference may come from the internet (not Wikipedia).  The other references should be located in the Grantham University online library.  Only the body of the paper will count toward the word requirement.  Please write in 3rd person.  See rubric below.

 

 

 

W6 Assignment "Flexible Benefits Programs"

 

Many organizations, both public and private, use flexible benefits programs to help attract and retain a motivated and high-performing workforce.  

 

Using this lead-in as a backdrop, conduct online research and choose an organization, public or private, that has gained popularity because of their flexible benefits program or lack thereof.  

 

Write a 1500 word paper based on research from outside resources in which you analyze the organization’s benefits program and describe the advantages and disadvantages of such.

 

Please include a title sheet and 2-3 references.  Only one reference may come from the internet (not Wikipedia).  The other references should be located in the Grantham University online library.  Only the body of the paper will count toward the word requirement.  Please write in 3rd person. See rubric below.

 

 

 

W7 Assignment "Management and Unions"

 

Write a 1500 word paper in which you describe three pieces of legislation that have been critical in defining the rights of management and unions.

 

In your paper answer the following question:

 

Why are the laws you chose important and what role did they play in shaping today’s management-union relationship?

 

Please include a title sheet and 2-3 references.  Only one reference may come from the internet (not Wikipedia).  The other references should be located in the Grantham University online library.  Only the body of the paper will count toward the word requirement.  Please write in 3rd person.  See rubric below. 

 

 

 

W8 Assignment "Team Work"

 

Twenty Years from now, the typical large business will have half the levels of management and one-third the managers of its counterpart today.

 

Work will be done by specialists brought together in task forces (teams) that cut across traditional departments.  Coordination and control will depend largely on employees’ willingness to discipline themselves—not by Human Resources.

 

Please write a 500 word paper on the importance of Teams in the Organization.  

 

  • In your paper explain how (you as a manager) would hire, manage, compensate and motivate teams working under your leadership in order to meet the goals of the organization and Human Resource Management.
  • Please include a title sheet and 2-3 references.  
  • Only one reference may come from the internet (not Wikipedia).  
  • The other references should be located in the Grantham University online library.  Only the body of the paper will count toward the word requirement.  For this assignment only you may write in 1st person.  See rubric below.

W8 Final Exam

 

 

1.  Employees should not be permitted to see their personnel files. Allowing them to review the file constrains realistic observations by managers. Accordingly, as long as the information is not used against an employee, these files should be off limits.

 

2.  Given that the white male is becoming a “minority” in the workplace, they should be afforded affirmative action protection.

 

 

 

3.  Investments in career development do not provide an organization a viable return on its investment. It simply raises employees’ expectations, and then, if not fulfilled, cause employees leave. Accordingly, the organization has trained employees for its competitors.

 

4.  Training organizational members how to be coaches and how to empower employees should be a major HRM activity in the next decade. 

 

5.  Flexible benefits programs are employer inducements to reduce benefits costs. The average employee has neither the ability nor information to make such important choices. Employees should suspect such programs.

 

6.  Globalization has led us to the realization that workers are interchangeable between countries so long as language issues are resolved.

 

7.  Job analysis is just another burden placed on organizations through EEO legislation.

 

8.  All that is required for successful labor-management relations is common sense, sound business judgment, and good listening skills.

 

9.  An organization should follow a promote-from-within policy.

 

10.  Proper selection is a substitute for socialization.

 

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