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HRMT645 Unit 5 – Individual Project

Assignment Description

Deliverable length: 5-8 PowerPoint Presentation slides with speaker notes (excluding the title and reference slide); including detailed speaker notes of 200-250 words speaker notes for each slide 

As the new HR manager of a jewelry company, you have put together some preliminary reports for the CEO. One of the reports you compiled focuses on employee turnover. The jewelry company is an organization with aggressive expansion goals. In the last 2 years, the company has continually hired new employees, yet it has not achieved the staffing levels it desired. The company knew that some employees had left the organization, but turnover rates have not been formally tracked. 

After your preliminary fact-finding, you were surprised to discover that the turnover rate for the past year was 38%. You know the CEO will not be pleased with this turnover rate, and you have made the decision to prepare yourself more before presenting the report to the CEO. Turnover presents a significant cost for an organization, so you recognize that this will be an opportunity for you to demonstrate how you can partner with the executive team to turn this situation around and help the company be more competitive. Prepare a short presentation for the CEO on the situation and possible reasons as to why employees are leaving at such a high rate.

As you are preparing your presentation, consider the following: 

  • In detail, discuss several of the reasons why employees tend to leave organizations.
  • You plan to present the financial impact to the CEO to get a real sense of the significance of the situation. What factors will you consider in preparing this financial estimate? For this assignment, you are not required to determine the actual dollar figure, but instead, you are to consider what would contribute to the cost of turnover. 
  • Being proactive, what measures can be taken to assess the morale of current employees, and how likely they are to leave or stay? 
  • What process do you recommend for partnering with the management team to reduce turnover in the upcoming years? 
  • As you consider your role, how will you position this to the CEO to demonstrate the value you can bring to addressing this problem? 
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HRMT645 Unit 5 – Discussion Board

Assignment Description

Primary Discussion Response is due by Friday (11:59:59pm Central), Peer Responses are due by Tuesday (11:59:59pm Central).

Restrictive Policies Reflection:

Reflective Summative: Review and reflect on the Restrictive Policies Discussion Board. Based on your review and reflection of new learnings in this course, write at least 350-550 words on the following:

  • What have you learned from others’ responses?  
  • What were the most compelling points from the interaction with your fellow students?
  • How did participating in this discussion help in your understanding of the Discussion Board task?
  • What is still unclear after the discussion with your classmates that needs to be clarified?

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Note: You must respond to a minimum of 2 other students.

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HRMT645 Unit 4 – Individual Project

Assignment Description

Within organizations, the human resources department is considered an ally by some managers and a barrier by others. The legal requirements of managing HR require you to be the dispenser of policies, procedures, and rules at times and a trusted counselor and guide at other times. There are varying perspectives on the value HR policies bring to an organization. In other words, the policies, procedures, or rules may be viewed as tools that help or hinder leaders from managing their people and will either detract from or enhance company performance. When not properly aligned with the company’s goals, they can negatively affect the success of the organization. You know that you need to review the current HR policies, procedures, and rules and anticipate that you may be recommending changes, additions, or deletions. Because you are still new and solidifying your position within the company, you are concerned that missteps now will cost you your “place at the table.” 

You decide to consult with your mentor-an experienced, powerful HR executive at another company. She presents the following for you to consider: 

  • What steps will you take in your policy, procedure, and HR rules review with the jewelry company? 
  • What will that involve? As you consider their HR policies, how will you ensure they are effectively aligned with what you see as the company’s goals? 
  • If you find areas where policy revision is needed, how will you present your recommendations? 
  • How do you feel your recommendations will be viewed? 
  • Do you anticipate resistance? If so, what plan do you have to overcome that? 
  • What do you see as the possible outcome from policy revision in terms of impact on the company’s performance? 
  • Write her an e-mail addressing these issues.

Note: You are required to use a minimum of 2 scholarly references in your research. Ensure that citations and references are formatted in compliance with APA style.

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HRMT645 Unit 4 – Discussion Board

Assignment Description

Reminder: Initial Discussion Board posts due by Friday, responses due by Tuesday
Students will be expected to post their first initial discussion board posting by Friday of each week. Discussion posts will be graded and late submissions will be assigned a late penalty in accordance with the late penalty policy found in the syllabus. NOTE: All submission posting times are based on midnight Central Time.

Students are expected to post their responses to peers by Tuesday. NOTE: All submission posting times are based on midnight Central Time.

Laws and Policies Discussion

Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write at least 350-550 words that will respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear and use examples to reinforce your ideas:

Organizations must abide by federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Breaking the law may have consequences such as fines, lawsuits, and even shutdown of corporate facilities. To maintain compliance, organizations develop policies that guide the ethical behavior of employees. In order to explore the differences between laws and policies, please discuss the following:

Describe the difference between a policy and a law and provide an example of each.

Does a company policy override a local, state, or federal law or does a local, state, or federal law override a company policy? Provide justification for your reasoning.

Research and describe an example of an incident when a company broke a federal, state, or local law. What were the consequences of breaking the law? What policies did the company change because of the incident?

Responses to Other Students: Respond to at least two of your fellow classmates with at least a 200-300 word reply about their Primary Task Response regarding items you found to be compelling and enlightening. To help you with your discussion, please consider the following questions: 

  • What did you learn from your classmate’s posting? 
  • What additional questions do you have after reading the posting? 
  • What clarification do you need regarding the posting? 
  • How would this topic be of value to you in your life or career?

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HRMT645 Unit 3 – Individual Project

Assignment Description

Corporate ethics have been the focus of increased attention in recent years. Many companies have looked to their HR team to develop a comprehensive ethics policy. 

You are tasked with developing an ethics policy for a jewelry company. After meeting with the CEO, you both agree the policy must cover the following: gifts from vendors, use of confidential information, and conflicts of interest. You take your challenge to an HR networking group. 

Assignment Details: 

Develop a sample ethics policy to be presented to the CEO by providing a cover note outlining the purpose of the policy and benefits to the organization. 

Discuss the following:

  • Your thoughts on the value of an ethics policy to ensure compliance with legal and ethical standards
  • The measures you feel should be taken to ensure the policy is enforced
  • The issues that need to be considered when implementing an ethics policy
  • The communications plan of the ethics policy

Note: You are required to use a minimum of 4 scholarly references in your research. Ensure that citations and references are formatted in compliance with APA style.

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HRMT645 Unit 3 – Discussion Board

Assignment Description

Reminder: Initial Discussion Board posts due by Friday, responses due by Tuesday
Students will be expected to post their first initial discussion board posting by Friday of each week. Discussion posts will be graded and late submissions will be assigned a late penalty in accordance with the late penalty policy found in the syllabus. NOTE: All submission posting times are based on midnight Central Time.
Students are expected to post their responses to peers by Tuesday. NOTE: All submission posting times are based on midnight Central Time. 

Restrictive Policies Discussion

Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write at least 350–550 words that will respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear and use examples to reinforce your ideas: 

The following case study provides an example of an ethical/legal issue faced by many HR professionals. The issue of technology in the workplace and employee use of the technology has become an increasingly common challenge, and you have seen how this may be an issue with the jewelry company. 

Click here for the case study.

After reading the above article and researching other examples of what some companies are facing, post your response and a defense of your position to the following questions:

  • Do you feel a policy restricting employee Internet use is ethically sound?
  • Do you feel that the monitoring of employee activity on the computer is ethically sound?
  • What are the business implications for employees’ personal use of company assets?
  • What approach will you take to address this issue with the jewelry company? 

Responses to Other Students: Respond to at least two of your fellow classmates with at least a 200–300 word reply about their Primary Task Response regarding items you found to be compelling and enlightening. To help you with your discussion, please consider the following questions:

  • What did you learn from your classmate’s posting?
  • What additional questions do you have after reading the posting? 
  • What clarification do you need regarding the posting?
  • How would this topic be of value to you in your life or career?
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HRMT645 Unit 2 – Individual Project

Assignment Description

Library Research Assignment 

A strategic component and responsibility of the human resources department is the management of the people of the organization, which is frequently called human capital management. As the new HR manager, you have conducted an analysis of your organization and found that performance management processes are highly inconsistent among departments. There are no ties to organizational goals, and departments are free to determine the review criteria for their employees. Some departments have a process of a formal annual appraisal while other departments do not provide employees with any documented feedback on their performance. In performance improvement, some departments have a process of documenting employee performance issues; others seem to follow a process of no documented warnings before recommending termination. With your experience, you recognize the benefits of establishing a comprehensive performance management process that ties individual, group, and department performance, and rewards to organizational goals and success.

Using the Internet and the library, research information on performance management and then develop a detailed plan to present to your chief executive officer (CEO). In this process, you will focus on three key areas of performance management: performance appraisals, tying performance goals with strategic organizational goals, and the disciplinary action/performance coaching process. At minimum, your plan should address the following: 

  • The value a performance management program brings to the organization 
  • A discussion of the various performance management programs you considered in developing your final suggestions 
  • A rationale for your selection of different aspects of your plan 
  • How your organization will address the three key areas of performance management: appraisals; improving employee performance; and aligning individual performance to group, department, and organizational goals 
  • A communication plan for informing all employees about the new process 
  • Training that will be provided to employees and managers 
  • The additional issues/challenges that need to be considered with the implementation of these programs 
  • In your research, other areas of performance management the organization might consider for implementation after this initial phase
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HRMT645 Unit 2 – Discussion Board

Assignment Description

Primary Discussion Response is due by Friday (11:59:59pm Central), Peer Responses are due by Tuesday (11:59:59pm Central).

Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write 350-550 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions with your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.

  • What is empowerment? How would you define empowerment? 
  • Are there disadvantages to empowering employees? 
  • What are the benefits of empowering employees? 

Responses to Other Students: Respond to at least 2 of your fellow classmates with at least a 100-200 word reply about their Primary Task Response regarding items you found to be compelling and enlightening. To help you with your discussion, please consider the following questions:

  • What did you learn from your classmate’s posting? 
  • What additional questions do you have after reading the posting? 
  • What clarification do you need regarding the posting? 
  • What differences or similarities do you see between your posting and other classmates’ postings? 
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HRMT645 Unit 1 – Individual Project

Assignment Description

As the newly hired human resources (HR) manager for a jewelry store, you have placed your initial focus on the areas of staffing and training development. During your organizational analysis, you discovered the following with regard to staffing and training:

  • Line managers are currently handling the recruiting and staffing functions. Each manager tends to follow different hiring practices. Some of the managers are reluctant to hand over the hiring of their staff to the HR department. Other managers feel burdened with the staffing responsibilities and are anxious to turn it over as quickly as possible. No job descriptions exist within the organization.
  • Upon hire, employees are given a 2-hour orientation session focusing on department policy and procedure. There is no additional training given, but rather, it is on the job training and learn as you go. There are no formal training classes and no management training programs.

You would like to obtain feedback from the line managers prior to making a presentation to the chief executive officer (CEO). Taking the above conditions into consideration, address the following questions in a presentation that you will deliver to a team of three to four line managers:

Staffing Function:

  • What are your preliminary recommendations with regard to centralizing the staffing function under the HR umbrella?
  • What will the new process look like?
  • With regard to this new staffing strategy, what challenges do you anticipate, and what is your plan to overcome those challenges?
  • How can you position this to demonstrate how this will impact the performance efforts of the organization?
  • What results do you anticipate?

Training and Development Function:

  • With regard to the training/development function, what preliminary recommendations would you make?
  • What challenges do you anticipate with this new employee development strategy, and what is your plan to overcome those challenges?
  • How can you position this decision to the CEO to demonstrate how this will impact the performance efforts of the organization?
  • What results do you anticipate?
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HRMT645: Unit 1 – Discussion Board 2

Assignment Description

Reminder: Initial Discussion Board posts due by Friday, responses due by Tuesday

Students will be expected to post their first initial discussion board posting by Friday of each week. Discussion posts will be graded and late submissions will be assigned a late penalty in accordance with the late penalty policy found in the syllabus. NOTE: All submission posting times are based on midnight Central Time.

Students are expected to post their responses to peers by Tuesday. NOTE: All submission posting times are based on midnight Central Time.

Strategic Partner Discussion

Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write at least 350–550 words that will respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear and use examples to reinforce your ideas:

HR professionals are often heard requesting a “seat at the table.” In other words, they have a desire to be viewed as a strategic business partner who is helping to drive change and implement policy.

  • What do you see as some of the barriers HR professionals face in their efforts to be viewed as true business partners?
  • What can the HR professional do to position him- or herself as a business partner?
  • What is the significance in having that “place at the table”?

Responses to Other Students: Respond to at least two of your fellow classmates with at least a 200–300 word reply about their Primary Task Response regarding items you found to be compelling and enlightening. To help you with your discussion, please consider the following questions:

  • What did you learn from your classmate’s posting?
  • What additional questions do you have after reading the posting? 
  • What clarification do you need regarding the posting?
  • How would this topic be of value to you in your life or career?

For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.