The effectiveness of the HR function Discussion Questions

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Faculty to select five questions from the following list of twelve.Delete this note and the seven questions you are not using and post this document to the Week 4 Activities folder at the end of Week 3.Note: some questions have Part A and Part B.

Question 1:

A)Discuss the evolution of the HR role from administrative to strategic.What factors were involved in this transition? Why is it important for HR to be involved in the organizational strategic planning process? What types of skills are needed by HR professionals today and why are they important (name at least 3)? How are they different from the skills needed 20 or 30 years ago?

B)Reflect on the HR function in your current organization or an organization you have worked for.Evaluate the HR role in the organization and discuss the alignment between HR priorities and the organizational strategy (do not name the organization). In other words, did you see evidence of a strategic focus?Why or why not?

Question 2:

A)Select three functional areas of HR (i.e. recruiting, selection, training and development, compensation etc.) and, for each one, discuss how that function supports the HR and organizational strategy.Provide specific examples of goals and outcomes that support organizational success.

B)Consider the organization you work for or one you have worked for in the past.Evaluate the effectiveness of the HR function overall and at least one specific functional area (do not name the organization).Share at least one HR program or initiative that you found particularly effective and discuss how it supported the organization’s strategy.Why was it effective?

Question 3:

A) Discuss how an organization’s diversity strategy can support the business strategy. Provide at least three specific examples and explain why and how they support organizational success.

B) Consider the organization you work at or one you have worked at in the past and evaluate the diversity program.How was it effective and how did support the strategic goals of the organization? If it was not effective, explain what factors made it ineffective.

Question 4:

A)Discuss how an organization’s culture can impact policies and behaviors related to diversity and multiculturalism.How can HR influence organizational culture to support diversity and multiculturalism?Discuss at least 3 policies or practices that HR can propose and how they should be communicated to senior leaders.

B)Evaluate and discuss the diversity practices and policies of your own organization or one you have worked at.How does the organizational culture influence diversity and multiculturalism? Provide specific examples, but do not name the organization.

Question 5:

Consider the difference between the concepts of diversity and multiculturalism.How would you determine the difference between an organization focused on compliance versus one that promoted multiculturalism? What evidence would you be looking for and why?Discuss at least three ideas.

Question 6:

A)Identify two jobs you have held and share how you were recruited for each of them. Discuss in some detail, the organization’s perspective. What were some pros and cons of recruiting you through these methods?

B)Evaluate your organization’s recruiting and selection process. How would you measure the effectiveness of these processes?Think in terms of reliability, validity, and legal compliance.

Question 7:

Some organizations follow a lengthy, complex selection process, whereas in other organizations the process may be more streamlined. Some may view the longer and more complex selection process to be more valid.

A) What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a lengthier process versus a more streamlined one?Consider the perspectives of both the job seekers and the organization and the tradeoffs between efficiency and effectiveness.As a job seeker, what process would you prefer to follow and why?

B) Consider the selection process for an organization where you were ultimately hired.How would you describe the process from a candidate perspective?Do you believe it was effective? Why or why not?

Question 8:

Consider a job you currently have or have held in the past.

A) Perform a job analysis on that job.What tasks are required?What knowledge, skills, and abilities are necessary to perform those tasks?

B) Prepare a job description based on your analysis.

Assuming the role of a human resource manager, how does a job analysis help protect the organization from legal issues? How can a job analysis be used to support recruiting and compensation decisions?

Question 9:

A)Why is retention such a major focus for human resource managers?How does focusing on retention add strategic value to the organization?

B)How would you go about developing a retention program for your organization? What might be some of your biggest challenges? What type of metrics would you need to obtain and what methods would you use?

Question 10:

A)How are motivation and engagement related to employee retention?Do you see a difference between the concepts of job satisfaction and employee engagement?What factors might contribute to job satisfaction and engagement? Explain your answer.

B)Think about a job where you have been employed for many years. What factors influenced your job satisfaction?What factors influenced your decision to stay and why? Consider a job where you had a short tenure.What factors influenced your job dissatisfaction?What factors contributed to your resignation and what factors could have made you stay?Which were within the organization’s control?

Question 11:

A)Discuss the interrelationships between recruiting, selection and retention.Why is it important to consider retention as part of the selection process? How would you evaluate your recruiting and selection programs to determine the impact on employee retention?

B)Consider your organization or one where you have been recently employed. What are some strategies used by human resource managers to retain employees?Are they effective?Why or why not?

Question 12:

A)Assume you are the HR manager of a large organization tasked with evaluating employee retention.What type of metrics would you want to look at?How would you use the HRIS to obtain these metrics?

B)Discuss the relationship between an organization’s total rewards strategy and retention.As a human resource manager, how would you evaluate your total rewards program to make sure it was having a positive impact on employee retention?

 

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