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owner and manager of a company with ten employees, has hired you to take over the HRM functionso
she can focus on other areas of her business. During your first two weeks, you
find out that the company
has been greatly affected by the up economy and is expected to
experience overall revenue
growth by 10 percent over the next three years, with some quarters
seeing growth as
high as 30 percent. However, five of the ten workers are expected to retirewithin
three years. These workers have been with the organization since the beginning
and provide a unique historical perspective of the company. The other five
workers are of diverse ages.
In addition to
these changes, Jennifer believes they may be able to save costs by allowing employees to
telecommute one to two days per week. She has some concerns about productivity if she
allows employees to work from home. Despite these concerns, Jennifer has
even considered closing down thephysical office and making her company a virtual
organization, but she wonders how such a major change will affect the ability to communicate
and worker motivation.
with you her thoughts about the costs of health care on the organization. She has
benefits entirely and having her employees work for her on a contract basis,
instead of being
full-time employees. She isn’t sure if this would be a good
choice.Jennifer schedules a meeting with you to discuss some of her thoughts.
To prepare for the meeting, you perform research so you can impress your new
boss with recommendations
on the challenges presented.
Point out which changes are occurring in the business
that affect HRM.
What are some considerations the company and HR
should be aware of when making changes related to this case study?
What would the initial steps be to start
planning for these changes?
What would your role be in implementing these changes?
What would Jennifer’s role be?
Human resources aid as a link
between the top management and the employees in facilitating the change in the
business process. The change also may affect HR in so many areas.
Point out which changes are occurring in the
business that affect HRM.
The organizations may get affected
by some external environment factors which may limit the organization ability
to function well. So the management
should keep monitoring and watching these external factors all the times.
One of these external environment
factors is the economy; the entity must monitor the economy efficiently
and learn how to react to it. The changes in economic could affect the
organization decision making related to HRM as the following:recruiting,benefits and compensation, training & development, downsizing,
employee’s contract, and money will spend on the business growth. In this case, the company is facing 10%
revenue growth which may need to hire more employees to meet the need and want
of our customers.
Human resources also should be aware
of the change in the aging workforce.
As we have in this case five employees are going to retire, and then the
HR management has to think about the organization retirement plan and the
training program to prepare the youth labor to replace the older workers with
the required skills.
Workplace diversity is one of the changes which may affect human
resource management, and it refers to the variety and differences between the
employees. Diversity includes the race,
gender, ethnic group, age, and personality. In this case, we have age
diversity, and the management should be ready to meet the benefits need of each
2. What are some considerations the company and
HR should be aware of when making changes related to this case study?
The company and HR should
be aware ofsome
considerations when making changes such as:
The organization objectives: any implementing
changes should help in achieving the organization goals.
The labor law of the country: ensuring that HR
policies and practices are fitting to the state laws.
TelecommutingAllows employees to work from home or a remote location for a
specified period of time, such as one day per week.: is allowing the
employee to work from home for a period of time, and then HRM has to be aware
of its issues to it can develop policies to meet the company and the employee’s
Communicate the change: Transparency and strong
communication about the change in the business goals with the employees would
enhance their productivity, decrease the turnover, and increase their loyalty.
Designing motivated work: HRM should create
work that attracts, satisfy, and motivate employees to attain the organization
Alternative work arrangement: HRM should be
aware of the benefits of these flexible contract such as virtual terms.
Health-Care Insurance: is became mandatory
nowadays and it is part of the employee’s benefits.
Changes must be implemented slowly not all the
manager who does not consider those factors will end up with unmotivated, and
3. What would the initial steps be to start
planning for these changes?
are some steps which HRM has to go through before implementing any change in
Set clear business goals at a given time and
make sure to communicate it to the employees to attain and achieve the
organization goals and objectives.
Create the future action plan, and then
management could know the targets of each employee.
Assess the current organization’s strategic HR
planning, identify department’s current staff knowledge, skills, and evaluate
their strengths and their training need.
Know all possible alternatives that may help to
attain those goals.
Analyze all potential costs and benefits.
steps will contribute taking the right decision and planning for these changes.
4. What would your role be in implementing
these changes? What would Jennifer’s role be?
Start developing policies aligning with the
growth of the business.
Find out the employees reactions to these
Make sure these changes will benefit both the
company and the employee.
Update the employee’s contract with the new
Arrange training program for youth labor.
Focus on productivity.
Link HR functions with the business strategy.
organization effectively and efficiently.
Make the commitment to the change.
Take the risk of implementing changes
Communicate the outcomes of implementing those
changes to employees
Evaluate the process and ask for correction if
can notice that HRM of any company plays the big strategic role in the success
and the growth of the entity. It is not
only controlling the staffing, and selecting of the candidate, but it also
helps perform the managerial functions for the employee’s development and the
success of the organization.
L. P. Dias, Beginning Management of Human Resources.