Select an organisation with which you are familiar to be the case study. This could be:
your current employer
a previous employer
an organisation that you have or have had contact with, possibly through work experience or through a family member or close friend, or
an organisation you have an interest in that has readily available information on its structure, the ways in which they manage their staff and how the company organises its HRM activities and functions.
The size and the structure of your chosen organisation is not important. All organisations employ people and, therefore, manage their ‘human resources’ in some way. What is important, however, is that you have some knowledge and understanding of the approach the company strategically manages HRM to recruit, retain and manage their staff and how they organise their HRM activities and functions.
You will use this knowledge to produce a report in which you will critically assess existing HRM practices within the organisation, making recommendations as appropriate to those who run the business. It is strongly suggested that each task represents a sub-section of your report and that you also include a brief introduction, conclusion and recommendations.
For all tasks you should undertake a literature review, based on textbooks and published articles, to identify at least ONE (1) established model of HRM and apply this model to the organisation to support the critical assessment of their approach to managing people.
Task 1 – 20 Marks
Strategic perspectives of HRM
Critically assess the extent to which HRM is linked to organisational objectives and also how HR practices manage the relationship between employees and the organisation. Does the organisation demonstrate ethical and socially responsible principles to manage these relationships and shape their objectives?
Task 2 – 20 Marks
Recruitment and selection
Identify and critically evaluate the organisation’s approach to recruitment and selection. Evaluate the stages of recruitment the organisation undertakes, its selection methods and identify any legal aspects that should be considered.
Task 3 – 20 Marks
Employee performance and reward
Critically assess the methods used by the organisation to measure employee performance and reward strong performance.
Task 4 – 20 Marks
Learning and Development
Critically review the approach to learning and development used by the organisation. To what extent does this support the strategic direction of the organisation?
Task 5 – 20 Marks
Critically assess the employment relations practices that are available, and used within the organisation and the extent to which these contribute to employee engagement.
Complete all the tasks in order. Consult with your tutor if you are uncertain about any aspect of the assignment.
Instructions on Assessment:
You will need to research appropriate literature and make use of both lecture and seminar input. Use examples and in particular any organisational comparisons that may be appropriate. Always reference your work using the correct conventions.
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