This first one requires a written Response to the post while using a reference and adding a question:
“Job Analysis and Work / Life Balance” Please respond to the following:
- From the e-Activity, examine two (2) methods of job analysis described in the video. Then, determine the purpose and the expected outcome for each method. Justify your response.
Response: Observation and Interview.
Observation Method: A job analyst observes an employee and records all his performed and non-performed task, fulfilled and un-fulfilled responsibilities and duties, methods, ways and skills used by him or her to perform various duties and his or her mental or emotional ability to handle challenges and risks.
It is due to the fact that every person has his own way of observing things. Different people think different and interpret the findings in different ways. Therefore, the process may involve personal biases or likes and dislikes and may not produce genuine results. This error can be avoided by proper training of job analyst or whoever will be conducting the job analysis process.
The observation method encompasses three unique techniques—direct observation, work methods analysis and critical incident technique. Direct observation includes the observation and recording of behavior of an employee in different situations. Work methods analysis involves the study of time and motion and is specially used for assembly-line or factory workers. Finally, the critical incident technique is used to identify work behaviors that result in performance.
Interview Method: In this method, an employee is interviewed so that he or she comes up with their own working styles, problems faced by them, use of particular skills and techniques while performing their job and insecurities and fears about their careers.
This method helps interviewer know what exactly an employee thinks about his or her own job and responsibilities involved in it. It involves analysis of the job by the employee. In order to generate honest and true feedback or collect genuine data, questions asked during the interview should be carefully decided. And to avoid errors, it is always good to interview more than one individual to get a pool of responses. Then it can be generalized and used for the whole group.
- *From the scenario, propose two (2) work / life balance programs that will support these professionals, and determine how you would ascertain the needs of the workplace.
Response: Flexible work arrangements and Fitness and healthy living
Work/life balance is a self-defined, self-determined state of well-being that a person can attain or can be a goal that will allow an individual to effectively manage the responsibilities at work, home, and in their community. Work/life balance supports an individual’s physical, emotional, family and community health. Work/life balance is shown to reduce time from work, increase productivity, improve morale and work relationships, decrease stress, attracts new employees, and help retain current employees.
Flexible work arrangements can be helpful to both the organization and to the employee. From the employee’s point of view, flexible work may allow more freedom to organize their work to fit in with other parts of their life. For the organization, allowing this flexibility is a “win-win” for companies. Allowing employees to work from home can even allow for the reduction of office space, thus providing flexibility for the employee and cost reduction for space. Finally, it is much easier to retain happy staff members which will reduce the cost of recruitment and training.
Organizations can encourage fitness and healthy living by offering workshops, you can put a commitment to healthy living into action by:
- Offering fitness facilities, fitness membership assistance or having a fitness instructor come to your workplace
- Hosting on-site flu immunization or blood donor clinics
- Encouraging employees to walk, cycle or run during lunch hours
- Enforcing a smoke-free work environment
- Offering smoking cessation programs or incentives
- Offering secure bicycle parking
- Serving healthy alternatives when catering meetings or workshops
- Ensuring good workplace ergonomics
These are just a few ways to help employees remain healthy and the ability to meet the job requirements of the organization by removing the need to be away from work due to illnesses.
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“Selection Process” Please respond to the following:
Go to the About.com website to read the article titled “The Right People in the Wrong Jobs.” Be prepared to discuss.
From the e-Activity, determine two (2) disadvantages resulting from placing the right people into the wrong job. Next, provide two (2) HRM selection decisions that an organization can use to mitigate this issue. Justify your response.
Determine the top-two (2) aspects of the selection process that you would focus on when selecting candidates for positions in an organization where you work or another company where you are familiar, and explain your rationale.
“Performance Management” Please respond to the following:
Go to TLNT’s website to read the article titled “The Top 50 Problems with Performance Appraisals.” Be prepared to discuss
* From the scenario, propose two (2) approaches that a company can use to leverage a 360-degree performance appraisal system to evaluate individual performance. Support your answer with examples.
From the e-Activity and the text, determine two (2) examples of possible repercussions of not providing employees with performance feedback in a timely manner. Justify your response.
Now, please respond to the following discussion “I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure”:
“Making decisions” https://www.kaltura.com/index.php/extwidget/preview/partner_id/956951/uiconf_id/24290031/entry_id/1_bps5i5h1/embed/iframe?&flashvars[streamerType]=auto
(4 min 4 s). Next, provide an example of how your personality and values have influenced your actions and / or decisions in your current or past organization. Be specific as to the particular action or decision that your personality and values influenced. Next, construct your own decision-making maxim, and explain the significant way(s) that your personality and values align to said maxim. Consider in your maxim the integration of ethical decision making criterion and integration of diversity receptors.
“Moved to Action”:
Compare and contrast the significant similarities and differences among the theories of goal setting, self-efficacy, and reinforcement. Specify the theory that you believe most closely aligns with your current or future approach to motivating employees. Support your response with at least one (1) example that demonstrates your approach to employee motivation.
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