Trident MGT407 module 1 case and SLP

Module 1 – Case

Organizations and Human Resource Management

Assignment Overview

A firm’s human resources are the people in
an organization that are crucial to its performance and the quality of work
life within it. Unlike computers, human beings have the potential to grow and
develop, to increase our depth, complexity and capacity over time. Human
resource management can be defined as designing management systems to ensure
that human talent is used effectively and efficiently to accomplish organizational
objectives. Furthermore, HRM is considered the nuts and bolts of an
organization. Thus, managers and leaders should focus on investing and
developing their human resources who have the capacity to make significant
contributions to the organization’s overall mission. Many organizations have
noticed the importance of continuously training their employees and offering
educational incentive programs to help keep employees up-to-date in their
fields because in a significant number of cases, people actually get worse at
their jobs over time. Performance can be enhanced if an employee is able to
learn new ways of conceptualizing complex situations and deciphering abstract
information. An employee should have knowledge of new research and advancements
in his or her respective field in order to be able to adapt and overcome any
organizational change. By performing at higher levels and being productive, an
employee starts creating value for an organization. Most employees are
evaluated by the value they create. Top managers seek employees who can bring
value to an organization. When employees feel appreciated, they tend to perform
at higher levels, producing more value. Unfortunately, most organizations are
unable to “indulge” their employees and as a result, employees all over the
world feel neglected and inundated. Interestingly enough, Schwartz, Jones, and
McCarthy (2010) explain that:

Only 38 percent of employees worldwide
believe their senior managers are genuinely interested in their well-being. More
than 50 percent feel they’re treated as if they don’t matter at all or that
they’re just another part of the organization to be managed. Only one out of
every ten employees feels they’re treated as vital corporate assets (p. 162).

With employees all over the world feeling
like they “don’t matter” in their organizations, it is important for upper
level administrators to continuously develop their leadership strategies.
Furthermore, with organizations constantly evolving, strategic human resource
management is the optimum way to enhance performance levels. At IBM, for
example, a thousand software developers working in different time zones have
been given the flexibility to decide when they work. Different strategies
should be implemented in organizations all over the world to help “humanize”
the workplace.

Reference: Schwartz, T., Jones, J., &
McCarty, C. (2010). The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working. New York, NY: Free
Press. (This book is not required).

Case Assignment

Drawing on the material in the background
readings and doing additional research, please prepare a 3- to 4-page paper
(not including the cover and reference pages) in which you:
•Research the role of HR management in any
organization. Next, what does human capital mean and why is important?
•What can HR do to help employees feel as
if they do matter?
•As an HR manager, how would you humanize
the workforce?

Assignment Expectations

Your paper will be evaluated on the
following points:
•Precision: Does the paper address the
question(s) or task(s)?
•Clarity: Is the writing clear and are the
concepts articulated properly? Are responses made through paraphrasing and
synthesis of concepts? (Or is there excessive use of quotations?) Are headings
included in all papers longer than 2 pages?
•Breadth: Is the full breadth of the
subject addressed?
•Depth: Does the paper address the topic in
sufficient depth?
•Grammar, spelling, and vocabulary: Is the
paper well-written? Are the grammar, spelling, and vocabulary suitable to
graduate-level work?
•Referencing (citations and references):
Does the paper use citations and quotation marks when appropriate?
•Critical thinking: Is the subject thought
about critically (i.e., accurately, logically, relevantly, and precisely)?

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Module 1 – SLP

Organizations and Human Resource Management

Disengaged Employees

Disengaged employees and counterproductive
behaviors have become the norm in many organizations, and as a result,
organizations are implementing more stringent policies, enforcing regular
trainings, and installing cameras throughout the workforce. Examples of
counterproductive activities include daydreaming, looking busy, moonlighting,
and even cyberloafing. When an employee is daydreaming, he or she appears to be
working but in reality is distracted by non-work-related thoughts and
fantasies. When an employee is looking busy, he or she pretends to be busy or
overwhelmed with work. An employee who is moonlighting uses company time and
resources to complete personal tasks. An employee who is cyberloafing uses a
company computer to send personal emails, chat online, or use the Internet for
their personal satisfaction. The following table represents signs of employee

Signs of Being Physically


Meaning to HR Management



Intentionally arriving to work late or
leaving work early

Punctuality issues

Long or Excessive Breaks

Intentionally taking long breaks or too
many breaks

Productivity issues

Missing Meetings

Intentionally neglecting important work

Reliability issues

Disregarding Deadlines

Intentionally being careless

Commitment issues

Excessive Absences

Intentionally disrupting the workflow

Dependability issues

High-quality organizational citizens
refrain from counterproductive activities and being disengaged from their

For this SLP, you will write a paper
describing why you or someone you know has been disengaged from the
organization. You will provide specific examples throughout your paper.
Furthermore, you will discuss solutions for each issue that you discuss from an
HR manager’s perspective.

SLP Assignment Expectations

Your paper should be 2–4 pages, not
including the cover sheet and reference page. You are expected to deal with
these issues in an integrated fashion, rather than treating them as a series of
individual questions to be answered one by one and left at that.

You will be particularly assessed on:
•Your completion of all the steps in the
•Your ability to synthesize information and
present a concise and meaningful paper.
•The clarity and quality of your writing.

SLP Assignment Expectations (Structure)
1.Make sure that you use your own language
(rather than copying sentences from the article).
2.Your paper will be graded based on the
following criteria: Precision, Clarity, Breadth, Depth, Grammar/Vocabulary,
Referencing, and Application.
3.Use 12-point type size (Times New Roman),
double-spacing, and one-inch margins. Add a cover page and a references list.
4.Cite your sources: APA Style – Trident
requires all PhD work to be in APA form. We also encourage all other students
to comply with guidelines for proper citation of references. You may use the
tutorial found on the following link (press “view the tutorial”):



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