Information & Grading Criteria
Each student is to complete a term paper analyzing a particular area within the Human Resource function of a selected organization. In this paper, you will select an organization in which you are familiar and have access. You must be able to obtain detailed information and examples of HR policies, processes and procedures.
You are an HR Consultant, and you have been asked to assess the effectiveness of a particular Human Resource function within your organization and make recommendations for improvement.
You will begin by selecting the organization and selecting the function that you will assess. You may choose one of the following areas:
Following is a summary of the sections that should be included in your paper and the potential points for each section.
This section should provide a brief but clear and concise overview of the entire paper, summarizing all of the major facts including the your assessment and recommendations.
Description of Organization & Strategy
Describe the organization in detail. Then describe the organization’s business strategy.
Human Resources: Strategy & Role Within Organization
Describe the organization’s overall structure and role. (How many people are in HR, what are their roles and responsibilities, where does the top HR executive fall in the company’s organization chart?)
Then describe the organization’s HR strategy, if one exists. Describe the role that the HR function plays in supporting the organizational strategy. Does HR participate in strategic planning? Is there a HR Plan based on the company’s business strategy?
Description of Selected HR Function – Current
Describe the current state of the HR function you have chosen to assess. What are the current policies and procedures? How were the current practices created? (Have they been using that performance evaluation form since the company was started back in 1952? Did they just introduce the new benefits plan?, etc…)
Analysis of selected HR Function
How is this function perceived by employees, managers, and HR staff? Do specific HR objectives related to this area exist? Does this function support the business strategy? Why or why not? Does this provide the company with any kind of competitive advantage? What is done well and what problems exist?