HRM 599 Complete Course Week 1 to Week 11
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Friday, 16 October 2015

HRM 599 Complete Course Week 1 to Week 11

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HRM 599 Week 1 Discussion
"Discovering HRM Under a New Lens"  Please respond to the following:
·         Think back to the time period when you started your MSHRM program at Strayer. Describe at least two (2) differences between how you viewed HR at that time and how you view HR now. 
·         Review the video titled “Strategic HR” (4 min 43 s). Next, create an HRM strategy for an organization you are familiar with. In your HRM strategy, address the following elements: 
o    Alignment with the general business strategy
o    Strategic vision
o    Productivity
o    Job satisfaction
o    Turnover 
o    Absenteeism


HRM 599 Week 2 Discussion

"Mitigating Legal Issues"  Please respond to the following:
·         Go to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website and review an EEOC case from within the past three (3) years. Assess the main problem or issue from the case, then create a brief intervention summary for the organization in the case you chose. Include in your intervention summary any necessary staff training for the organization. Explain at least one (1) method you will use to ensure effective communication of the summary to a diverse (deep-level) group of staff.
o    Hint: Deep-Level Diversity (e.g., Personality, Work Preference, Values, etc.)

HRM 599 Week 3 Discussion
"The Right People in the Right Positions at the Right Times"  Please respond to the following:
·         Take a position as to whether using social media provides an organization with a new competitive advantage or whether traditional methods such as job postings on the company website are still better for recruiting quality job candidates. Justify your position.
·         Determine if companies should ask for consent from potential and current employees when using social media as another form of background check. Suggest an advantage or disadvantage inclusive to the traditional credit, criminal, or reference checks when using social media. Provide a rationale for your position.
HRM 599 Week 3Assignment 1 A Growing Small Business

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Assignment 1: A Growing Small Business
Due Week 3 and worth 200 points
You made it! You received your master’s degree in Human Resource Management, and now it’s time for you to start seeking career opportunities. At this point, you may be a little confused as to what areas you should focus on in HR since your experience may be limited. Imagine that a friend shares with you that he/she has a small but rapidly growing business which is in need of an HR department. He has asked you to be the HR Manager. Your friend mentioned that he / she previously worked with an HR consultant, but now has close to 100 employees with no definite, dedicated HR department, and really needs your assistance. Although you are nervous, you realize that it’s now time for you to show your skills and put all your years of studying into action.
Select an existing small company in an industry you are familiar with to be the basis of the small business in this case. Review the company’s structure, culture, business strategy, mission, and vision.
Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:
1.      Provide a brief summary, in your own words, of your selected company’s overall business strategy. Next, determine the direction you visualize the company growing within the next five (5) to ten (10) years.  Hint: Review the common business strategies of Cost Leadership, Differentiation and Focus or Niche on p. 50 of your text.
2.      Design a human resource management strategy to support your selected company's business strategy. Explain the competitive advantage of your HRM strategy. Hint: Review the following common human resource management strategies of Loyal Soldier, Bargain Laborer, Committed Expert and Free Agent from previous courses.
3.      Develop an HR Scorecard table for your selected company. Include the four (4) dimensions (i.e., financial, customer service, internal process, and learning / growth / sustainability). Next, assess the value of your proposal to the small business in each of these dimensions.  Hint: Review the video titled “Building the Human Resources Performance Measurement Scorecard” (4 min 1 s) located at  for additional guidance in creating an HR Scorecard.
4.      Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in this assignment from within the past five (5) years. Note: Wikipedia does not qualify as an academic resource.
5.      Format your assignment according to these formatting requirements:
·         Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
·         Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.
·         Include a reference page. Citations and references must follow APA format. The reference page is not included in the required page length.  
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
·         Assess the strategic role of human resource management and the components that provide a competitive advantage to the organization.
·         Determine the human resource management function of human resource planning and its importance to business strategy.
·         Develop work designs that support the human resources strategy.
·         Use technology and information resources to research issues in human resource management.
·         Write clearly and concisely about human resource management using proper writing mechanics. 
Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

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HRM 599 Week 4 Discussion
"Managing Your Talent"  Please respond to the following:
·         Review the video titled “Talent Management” (3 min 44 s). Next, research the talent management process within the company you currently work for or a company you are familiar with.
·         Choose which of the four (4) talent management approaches described in the video most closely describes the process at your selected company. Provide support for your response.
·         Propose at least one (1) improvement in talent management that you would suggest for your selected company. Assess the type of value this improvement will provide for the company’s goal.

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HRM 599 Week 5 Discussion
"Managing Employees' Performance"  Please respond to the following:
·         Review the video titled “Managing performance throughout the year” (4 min 26 s). Next, suggest at least three (3) creative methods to check in with your employees throughout the year, other than the regular annual performance evaluation, within a virtual environment. Explain your methods.
·         Determine two (2) challenges managers may encounter when evaluating a virtual employee’s performance; then, suggest a plan for overcoming each of these challenges. Justify your response.

·         HRM 599 Week 5 Assignment 2 Mitigating Legal Issues
As you are reviewing the growth of your selected company, you are noticing how diversity and sexual harassment issues are impacting the overall company culture. You want to make sure that your friend is not vulnerable to any legal issues that could jeopardize the survivability of the company. You realize that you may need to start implementing a few policies now instead of waiting until the HR department has been fully materialized. You will also need to communicate the policies to the managers, staff and employees of your selected company. 
Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:
1. Create a diversity policy for your selected company to mitigate discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, etc. and to promote a diverse workplace. Note: Use the following samples as guidance.
Hint: Review the sample diversity policy 
Hint: Review the Sample Human Resources Policies, Checklists, Forms, and Procedures, or use a sample policy from a company you are familiar with as guidance.
2. Create a sexual harassment policy for your selected company to address a sexual harassment complaint. Cover both quid pro quo and hostile work environment types of harassment in your policy.
Hint: Review the Sample Human Resources Policies, Checklists, Forms, and Procedures, located at , or use a sample policy from a company you are familiar with as guidance.
Hint: Review the article titled “How to address an employee sexual harassment complaint
3. Use the Diversity or Sexual Harassment Training Plan template to develop a training plan to communicate one (1) of the policies you created (the diversity policy or the sexual harassment policy) to the company’s managers, staff and employees.
Note: The completed Training Plan should be incorporated into the paper and is counted towards the total page length requirement for this assignment.
4. Use at least four (4) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia does not qualify as an academic resource.
5. Format your assignment according to these formatting requirements:
HRM 599 Week 6 Discussion
"Communication and Labor Relatoins Issues"  Please respond to the following:
·         Review the video below titled "Active Constructive Responding" (5 min 34 s). Click here to access the video if it is not playing correctly below. Next, describe a scenario within your organization or an organization you are familiar with that was similar to the scenario shown in the video. Describe which of the four (4) communication responses from the video occurred in your chosen scenario. Determine one (1) way the individual(s) in your scenario could have improved the response to ensure that it falls within the active constructive response criteria. Justify your response.
  • Review the video below titled "Hong Kong protests over low wages" (2 min 6 s). Click here to access the video if it is not playing correctly below. Next, explain the purpose of two (2) key laws governing U.S. employment; then, determine how Hong Kong’s government could use the same two (2) laws to help these struggling low-income workers. Justify your response.


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HRM 599 Week 7 Discussion
"Compensation Management and Incentive Pay"  Please respond to the following:
·         Select two (2) different organizations within the same industry. Research employee compensation for comparable positions within these organizations. Determine whether the compensation is similar between the organizations or there is a significant gap. Explain your findings, and suggest a rationale for any differences you find.
·         Go to the Salary.com website and search the average salary for your current job title in your geographic area. If you are currently a fulltime student, search the average salary for a previous position you held. Next, use the results of your search to determine whether your actual current / past compensation is / was justifiable. Suggest one (1) method you could use to increase your compensation. Provide a rationale for your findings and suggestion
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·         HRM 599 Wee 7 Assignment 3 Staffing the HR Department
Assignment 3: Staffing the HR Department
Due Week 7 and worth 200 points
You are assessing the work design present in your selected company when you realize that you have not adequately reviewed the job descriptions, recruitment and selection methods the company currently uses. You will also need to make sure that the compensation and benefit packages are aligned with the company’s culture. At this point, you are realizing that you need immediate assistance, so you must start staffing your HR department.
Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:
1. Choose three (3) HR functions and assess the significance of each in adding value to your HR department in support of your company’s vision and mission. 
2. Write a job description for one (1) of the HR functions you selected. Determine the specific degree (e.g., associates, bachelors, or masters) and certifications (e.g., SHRM, HRCI, ATD, or WorldatWork) needed. Include the level and type of experience needed (e.g., industry, managerial, customer service, tenure, etc.). 
·         Note: The job description should be incorporated into the paper and is counted towards the total page length requirement for this assignment.
·         Hint: You can use the Occupational Network website for assistance
3. Choose one (1) recruitment method and one (1) selection method you will use in order to attract the best quality candidates for these positions. Provide a rationale for your choices.
4. Develop a compensation and benefit package for the new HR Staff. Explain how this package will provide a high return on investment to the company.
·         Hint: Review the article “Creating a Smart Compensation Package” 
5. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in this assignment from within the past five (5) years. Note: Wikipedia does not qualify as an academic resource.
6. Format your assignment according to these formatting requirements:
·         Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
·         Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.
·         Cite the resources you have used to complete the assignment. Note: You must have a minimum of three (3) resources for this assignment.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

HRM 599 Week 8 Discussion
"Employee Benefits"  Please respond to the following:
·         Use the Internet and/or Strayer Learning Resource Center to research the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). Focus on the regulations requiring U.S. citizens to obtain health insurance. Take a position on whether "pay or play" is justifiable in enforcing this law. Provide a rationale for your position.

HRM 599 Week 8 Discussion 2
"Job Postings and Resume Submission" Please respond to the following:
·         Create a job posting for the job description you created in Week 7 Assignment 3. Submit your job posting to this discussion board with the Subject titled “JOB POSTING_Insert Job Title_ Insert Your First and Last Name” (i.e., JOB POSTING_HR Supervisor_Jane Doe). Input your job posting directly into the discussion text editor (not as an attachment). Next, reply to another student’s job posting on the discussion board by attaching asingle document containing your Cover Letter and Resume for the position.
o    Note: The document containing your Cover Letter and Resume must be in either Microsoft Word or PDF format, as an attachment.
o    Note: Do not include your home address in your Cover Letter and Resume.
o    Note: Only one (1) student should reply to each job posting. Students should consult with their instructor for further direction if all original posts already have a response.
o    Note: Respondents and responders will exchange phone numbers or use Google Hangouts, IM, or other collaboration tools to conduct an interview for this position in Week 10 Assignment 4. They will need to create and submit a form for this interview. Students should review the instructions and criteria for Assignment 4 before creating the interview form and conducting the interview.
o    Note: Before completing this discussion, we recommend that you utilize the Career Resources tab in Blackboard to access Tutor.com. Next, submit your resume and cover letter for critique and feedback to Tutor.com and make the recommended revisions before attaching your document to apply for the job posting.


HRM 599 Week 9 Discussion
"Stress and Corporate Social Responsibility"  Please respond to the following:
·         Describe a challenging workplace situation that you have encountered in the past or are anticipating in the future. Assess your level of stress before, during, and after the situation. Next, create a stress management plan that includes three (3) of the following components: time management, relaxation, nutrition, exercise, positive thinking, and support network. Explain concrete actions you can take in each chosen area to manage the stress the situation causes.
·         Review the video below titled “Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on Social Responsibility” (2 min 2 s). Click here to access the video if it is not playing correctly below. Next, from Chapter 15 of your text, determine which level of Corporate Social Responsibility (Legal, Ethical, or Benevolent) Starbucks demonstrates based on the information you learned in the video. Suggest two (2) actions other comparable companies could take to increase their level of Corporate Social Responsibility. Provide a rationale for your response.


HRM 599 Week 10 Discussion
"Global Issues  Please respond to the following:
·         Select an international company in a field you are familiar with and determine two (2) key areas (i.e., staffing, training, employee and labor relations, compensation, benefits) where HR will have additional issues and challenges to deal with than in strictly U.S.-based companies. Next, suggest at least two (2) recommendations for dealing with these issues and challenges. Provide a rationale for your response.
·         Per Chapter 16 of your text, Geert Hofstede’s Model of National Culture outlines six (6) cultural dimensions in which countries may differ: power-distance, individualism, masculinity, uncertainty avoidance, long term orientation, and indulgence. Go to the Hofstede Centre’s website and select two (2) different countries. Compare the ratings in all of these cultural dimensions, plus the additional dimension of Indulgence listed on the site, between your selected countries. Next, describe at least two (2) challenges employees from these selected countries may face in working with each other due to differences in the dimensions. Provide a rationale for your response.

HRM 599 Wee 10 Assignment 4 Conducting an Interview - Capstone Project
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Assignment 4: Conducting an Interview – Capstone Project
Due Week 10 and worth 350 points
Congratulations! You have the foundation for your HR department in place, and you are ready to select your staff. You must make sure that you are selecting the best talents for your HR department. You are now receiving resumes from recent graduates of Masters of Human Research Management (MHRM) programs, and you must prepare to interview the candidates.
Write a six to seven (6-7) page paper in which you:
1. Review the resume and cover letter you received from your job posting in the Week 8 discussion. Next, critique the competitive advantage you are predicting from the potential candidate. Provide a rationale for your critique.
2. Indicate the interview type you will be using (i.e., phone, video, in person). Next, determine one (1) challenge that may arise with this type of interview. Develop a plan to mitigate this challenge and minimize its impact on your interview. 
3. Create the interview form. Use the job description from Week 7 Assignment 3 to write the interview questions. 
·         Note: The interview form should be incorporated into the paper and is counted towards the total page length requirement for this assignment.
·         Hint: Review the article “Types of Interviews
4. Conduct the interview with your potential candidate via Google Hangouts, video conferencing, telephone or any other appropriate technology. Input the interview information onto the form you created.
5. Write a brief summary of your experience conducting the interview. Indicate in the summary whether or not you have chosen this candidate for the position. Include the ethical decision-making abilities that went into your decision. Provide a rationale for your decision.
6. Format your assignment according to these formatting requirements:
·         Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
·         Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.

HRM 599 Week 11 Discussion
"Career Goals and Assessing the MSHRM Program"  Please respond to the following:
·         Develop a timeline for your most important career goal(s) over the next five (5) years. Describe any formal training, certifications, or other skillsets you must obtain in order to achieve these goals.
·         Assess the three (3) most important experiences you have had in completing the Strayer University MSHRM program. Suggest three (3) recommended improvements to the program.

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