Human resources management writing paper

This assignment incorporates the course outcomes and concepts covered for Weeks 3-6.

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Doris Washington recently assumed her new position as HR Director at the XYZ Company, a software development firm with approximately 350 employees.  Her staff includes a seasoned generalist as well as a benefits clerk.  During her first 90 days on the job, Doris has noted the following issues that seem to be embedded in XYZ’s culture: managers create their own interview questions; for some employees, their compensation is simply determined by managers, not based on training, experience, geographic region, and so on; and the company seems to draw new employees from only two sources, one is the university from which the President of the company graduated.

While Doris has been contemplating these trends, the CEO has asked her to attend a strategic planning meeting about opening the company’s first location on in Toronto, Canada in approximately nine months. She needs to provide a strategic recommendation to the CEO.

  1. Identify the three key issues or potential problems Doris is likely to face as HR Director
  2. Select two of these potential problems and address the following questions as bullet points under Potential Problems:
    • What factors make these difficult problems or challenges; what are some of the difficulties she needs to deal with?
    • What are some of the complexities of these issues?
    • Why are these concerns the most important problems to consider?

3.     Provide at least two alternatives Doris might consider in dealing with each of these two issues/problems that you selected.

4.     Identify a “best solution” for each of these two issues/problems that you selected.

5.     Support your desired outcomes with a minimum of three outside scholarly sources not older than three years. (academic journals, industry or business journals, and/or industry association Web sites)

Note: Requirements for all Writing Assignments include,

  • Cover Page with Name, Date, and Title of Assignment
  • Use headings to separate the sections of the paper
    • In this particular assignment, use the questions above as headings
    • The paper should be between 4-5 pages, not including cover or references pages
    • Page numbers
    • Double-spacing
    • Times New Roman, size 12
    • In-text citations to sources in APA style
    • Reference page using APA style
    • References not older than 3 years old


Criteria 1







Addresses the challenges of determining solutions in HRM and the specific impact of the selected solution(s)

Identifies at least two strong alternatives the HR Director might consider in dealing with each of these two issues or problems that were selected and makes logical connections.

Identifies at least two alternatives the HR Director might consider in dealing with each of these two issues or problems that were selected and makes some logical connections.

Identifies at least one alternative the HR Director might consider in dealing with each of these two issues or problems that were selected and makes some logical connections.

Identifies at least one alternative the HR Director might consider in dealing with each of these two issues or problems that were selected but makes no logical connections.



Criteria 2







Conclusions and recommendations for solutions are  supported by theory and class content

Conclusions and recommendations are effectively supported by theory 

Much content and conclusions are supported by theory, however, on occasion, the author has presented facts or opinions not substantiated in the literature

While some citations reflect incorporation of theory, the paper does not show sufficient fact-based research to support the author’s conclusions. 

Little or no fact-based research is cited within the paper.  It is unclear whether the statements made are the author’s opinions or facts.



Criteria 3







Proper development of concepts/themes presented in the paper’s organization

Concepts and themes are fully developed and presented in a logical, well-flowing organization.  Reader can easily follow the author’s logic and flow.

Concepts and themes are presented well and usually well-developed.  While overall well-organized, at times the writing forces the reader to determine the author’s train of thought.

Paper is inconsistent in the presentation of cohesive concepts and themes.  Consistent organization is lacking causing the reader to have difficulty in following the author’s train of thought.

Concepts and themes are not fully developed or presented in a cohesive manner.  Paper lacks a sense of organization or plan to the presentation of ideas.




Criteria 4







Accurate use of resources, APA style for in-text citations and References

Accurate mechanics



The paper correctly cites in-text and lists resources on the References page.  If additional sources are used, they are included correctly.

The majority of in-text citations and the reference are properly cited; formatting is inconsistent / inaccurate in a few cases.

References are cited but incorrectly under APA style. The student has either used another format or incorrectly applied the APA style guidelines.

Inconsistent or missing in-text citations; fails to attribute an author’s word through APA citations. 







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