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Assignment 1: A Growing Small Business

Due Week 3 and worth 200 points

You made it! You received your master’s degree in Human Resource Management, and now it’s time for you to start seeking career opportunities. At this point, you may be a little confused as to what areas you should focus on in HR since your experience may be limited. Imagine that a friend shares with you that he/she has a small but rapidly growing business which is in need of an HR department. He has asked you to be the HR Manager. Your friend mentioned that he / she previously worked with an HR consultant, but now has close to 100 employees with no definite, dedicated HR department, and really needs your assistance. Although you are nervous, you realize that it’s now time for you to show your skills and put all your years of studying into action.

Select an existing small company in an industry you are familiar with to be the basis of the small business in this case. Review the company’s structure, culture, business strategy, mission, and vision.

Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:

  1. Provide a brief summary, in your own words, of your selected company’s overall business strategy. Next, determine the direction you visualize the company growing within the next five (5) to ten (10) years.  Hint: Review the common business strategies of Cost Leadership, Differentiation and Focus or Niche on p. 50 of your text.
  2. Design a human resource management strategy to support your selected company’s business strategy. Explain the competitive advantage of your HRM strategy. Hint: Review the following common human resource management strategies of Loyal Soldier, Bargain Laborer, Committed Expert and Free Agent from previous courses.
  3. Develop an HR Scorecard table for your selected company. Include the four (4) dimensions (i.e., financial, customer service, internal process, and learning / growth / sustainability). Next, assess the value of your proposal to the small business in each of these dimensions.  Hint: Review the video titled “Building the Human Resources Performance Measurement Scorecard” (4 min 1 s) located at  for additional guidance in creating an HR Scorecard.
  4. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in this assignment from within the past five (5) years. Note: Wikipedia does not qualify as an academic resource.
  5. Format your assignment according to these formatting requirements:
  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.
  • Include a reference page. Citations and references must follow APA format. The reference page is not included in the required page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Assess the strategic role of human resource management and the components that provide a competitive advantage to the organization.
  • Determine the human resource management function of human resource planning and its importance to business strategy.
  • Develop work designs that support the human resources strategy.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in human resource management.
  • Write clearly and concisely about human resource management using proper writing mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

 

 

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Assignment 2: Mitigating Legal Issues

Due Week 5 and worth 200 points

As you are reviewing the growth of your selected company, you are noticing how diversity and sexual harassment issues are impacting the overall company culture. You want to make sure that your friend is not vulnerable to any legal issues that could jeopardize the survivability of the company. You realize that you may need to start implementing a few policies now instead of waiting until the HR department has been fully materialized. You will also need to communicate the policies to the managers, staff and employees of your selected company.

Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:

  1. Create a diversity policy for your selected company to mitigate discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, etc. and to promote a diverse workplace. Note: Use the following samples as guidance.

Hint: Review the sample diversity policy

Hint: Review the Sample Human Resources Policies, Checklists, Forms, and Procedures, or use a sample policy from a company you are familiar with as guidance.

  1. Create a sexual harassment policy for your selected company to address a sexual harassment complaint. Cover both quid pro quo and hostile work environment types of harassment in your policy.

Hint:  Review “Sample Policy 1: Sexual Harassment

Hint: Review the Sample Human Resources Policies, Checklists, Forms, and Procedures, located at , or use a sample policy from a company you are familiar with as guidance.

Hint: Review the article titled “How to address an employee sexual harassment complaint

  1. Use the Diversity or Sexual Harassment Training Plan templateto develop a training plan to communicate one (1) of the policies you created (the diversity policy or the sexual harassment policy) to the company’s managers, staff and employees.

Note: The completed Training Plan should be incorporated into the paper and is counted towards the total page length requirement for this assignment.

Hint: Review the article titled “How Do I Plan a Human Resource Training Program in an Organization Setting

  1. Use at least four (4) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia does not qualify as an academic resource.
  2. Format your assignment according to these formatting requirements:
  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.
  • Include a reference page. Citations and references must follow APA format. The reference page is not included in the required page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Develop human resource policies and practices that foster an appreciation for multiple cultures, ethnicities, and other diverse populations.
  • Describe key laws governing employment and the required compliance for organizations.
  • Use communication skills to effectively convey human resource policies and practices throughout the organization.
  • Demonstrate an ability to motivate individuals and teams toward organizational goals through the application of human resource initiatives and policies.
  • Review the human resource management function of training and development and the function’s importance to business strategy.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in human resource management.
  • Write clearly and concisely about human resource management using proper writing mechanics.

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Assignment 3: Staffing the HR Department

Due Week 7 and worth 200 points

You are assessing the work design present in your selected company when you realize that you have not adequately reviewed the job descriptions, recruitment and selection methods the company currently uses. You will also need to make sure that the compensation and benefit packages are aligned with the company’s culture. At this point, you are realizing that you need immediate assistance, so you must start staffing your HR department.

Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:

  1. Choose three (3) HR functions and assess the significance of each in adding value to your HR department in support of your company’s vision and mission.
  2. Write a job description for one (1) of the HR functions you selected. Determine the specific degree (e.g., associates, bachelors, or masters) and certifications (e.g., SHRM, HRCI, ATD, or WorldatWork) needed. Include the level and type of experience needed (e.g., industry, managerial, customer service, tenure, etc.).
  • Note: The job description should be incorporated into the paper and is counted towards the total page length requirement for this assignment.
  • Hint: You can use the Occupational Network website for assistance
  1. Choose one (1) recruitment method and one (1) selection method you will use in order to attract the best quality candidates for these positions. Provide a rationale for your choices.
  2. Develop a compensation and benefit package for the new HR Staff. Explain how this package will provide a high return on investment to the company.
  1. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in this assignment from within the past five (5) years. Note: Wikipedia does not qualify as an academic resource.
  2. Format your assignment according to these formatting requirements:
  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.
  • Cite the resources you have used to complete the assignment. Note: You must have a minimum of three (3) resources for this assignment.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Determine the human resource management function of human resource planning and its importance to business strategy.
  • Develop work designs that support the human resources strategy.
  • Examine the human resource management function of recruiting and selecting, and its importance to business strategy.
  • Establish the importance of compensation and benefits, and how they support business strategy.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in human resource management.
  • Write clearly and concisely about human resource management using proper writing mechanics.

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Assignment 4: Conducting an Interview – Capstone Project

Due Week 10 and worth 350 points

Congratulations! You have the foundation for your HR department in place, and you are ready to select your staff. You must make sure that you are selecting the best talents for your HR department. You are now receiving resumes from recent graduates of Masters of Human Research Management (MHRM) programs, and you must prepare to interview the candidates.

Write a six to seven (6-7) page paper in which you:

  1. Review the resume and cover letter you received from your job posting in the Week 8 discussion. Next, critique the competitive advantage you are predicting from the potential candidate. Provide a rationale for your critique.
  2. Indicate the interview type you will be using (i.e., phone, video, in person). Next, determine one (1) challenge that may arise with this type of interview. Develop a plan to mitigate this challenge and minimize its impact on your interview.
  3. Create the interview form. Use the job description from Week 7 Assignment 3 to write the interview questions.
  • Note: The interview form should be incorporated into the paper and is counted towards the total page length requirement for this assignment.
  • Hint: Review the article “Types of Interviews
  1. Conduct the interview with your potential candidate via Google Hangouts, video conferencing, telephone or any other appropriate technology. Input the interview information onto the form you created.
  2. Write a brief summary of your experience conducting the interview. Indicate in the summary whether or not you have chosen this candidate for the position. Include the ethical decision-making abilities that went into your decision. Provide a rationale for your decision.
  3. Format your assignment according to these formatting requirements:
  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.
  • Cite the resources you have used to complete the assignment. Note: There is no minimum requirement for the number of resources used in the assignment.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Use communication skills to effectively convey human resource policies and practices throughout the organization.
  • Examine the human resource management function of recruiting and selecting, and its importance to business strategy.
  • Demonstrate an ability to motivate individuals and teams toward organizational goals through the application of human resource initiatives and policies.
  • Develop ethical decision-making abilities that support employment practices, policies, procedures, and integrity within an organization.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in human resource management.
  • Write clearly and concisely about human resource management using proper writing mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

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