Written Applied Assignment #3: Evolving HRM Trends/Practices and Employment Law

Written Applied Assignment #3: Evolving HRM Trends/Practices and Employment Law

Instructions (There are two parts to this assignment so please read directions carefully)
This assignment requires you to take a deeper look at evolving trends and practices in human resource
management as well as laws and legislation pertinent to managing human capital. You will also apply
what you have learned during this semester to assess and suggest a course of action.

Part I: Interviewing to gain new perspectives and knowledge.
Interview a Human Resource Manager, your manager, or a senior manager (who currently supervises at
least 15 employees) based in the United States of America.
Please see rubric on page 3 and 4 as well as Example Assignment #3 before starting assignment.

1) Tell me the Title and Industry (e.g. retail, manufacturing, technology) the person works in as well as
how long they have been a manager and what HR related work experience they have. Additionally,
provide me the day, time, length, and location of your interview (in your office, over the phone, via
WebEx, Starbucks… ) (Bullet point this answer to ensure you have included all components.) You
should be able to provide me a contact number and email for this individual in case I need to
verify their position and your interview.

Ask your interviewee the questions below plus one you create for question #4 (you can read them as
written if you like). In grammatically correct sentences, type up their answers in a summary format.
Meaning, do not just type up their answers verbatim but the idealizations and message in their words.
You should be summarizing what they said and when you take a direct quote from them you need to put
it in quotation marks. A few direct quotations are fine, but the majority should be a summation of their
thoughts and expressions. Answers should be thorough so ask for additional information if they give
you a one-word answer or do not fully answer the question. If they still do not expand then ask a
follow-up question to establish you have learned something from this activity (you should write
approximately five to seven or so sentences for each answer.)

Make sure you answer all components to a question. Some of the interview questions below are
multi-faceted. You do not need to provide any APA citations to support interview answers except
from your interviewee, so I should only see citations referencing a quote from your interviewee. As
such, I should only see one citation on your reference page.

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Interview Questions
2) Identify a human resource management related labor force trend that has significantly impacted how
you manage employees at your organization. How has this trend changed the way you manage
employees compared to traditional methods or has this trend not impacted how you manage and if so,
why not? (Look through Chapter 2 in our book to ensure you are discussing a trend not a fad or singular
occurrence/event. For example, COVID is not a trend so do not use COVID as your answer.)

3) What new HR related legal changes (new or proposed laws related specifically to managing people)
are you aware of that may change how you manage employees going forward. Additionally, what new
employment law(s) would you like to see implemented at the federal or state level and why.
(If they do not know of a new law specifically then name one and discuss.)

4a) For this question, you need to create an interview question (Include your question on your answer
document you post to Canvas.) Write your question about some component of managing human
resources you have been wondering about or organizational process related to employees/HR you would
like to change but want to know why said process is handled/completed in the current manner.
4b) Ask your question to manager and complete write-up.

* Have fun with this part of the assignment. You could use this assignment to network or start a
mentoring relationship with someone you have been wanting to approach but was not sure how.
Consider sending them a gift card for coffee if you cannot bring them any.

Part II: Putting it all together… reflect on what you learned during class and set goals for
implementing changes going forward.

5) Tell me in your own words (you do not need to provide citations or references)… a) What have you
learned this semester in HR class? b) What laws/practices were you unaware of before class and how
will you ensure going forward you personally, and your organization, can avoid breaking these laws. c)
How can you apply some of the concepts/practices you have learned to your own managerial practices in
the future or situations you are currently dealing with at work. d) Additionally, what thing(s) specifically
would like to change most about human resource management at your organization or at a place you
have worked in the past?

When answering question 5 you may write in first person because I am looking for your
perspective, opinions, and goals. This section should be the longest part of your paper and should
be specific not just broad generalizations about “doing better at work” (a comment I received
from a student last semester. Showcase and summarize for me specifics about what you have
learned. What laws…. practices… terminology…. Although I do not want to put a length on
this… it should be at least two pages long (double spaced). Answers must be in complete sentences.
One point will be deducted for each incomplete sentence.

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Rubric
See rubric below to understand points associated with each question.
Points will be awarded for:
Accuracy (correct answer and answers questions that was asked): Student provided accurate/correct
answer to question. They did not talk off topic or about a random unrelated topic. The correctly
identified if an interviewee purported an illegal action was legal or suggested a new law which, was in
fact, already an existing law.
Thoroughness (wrote a complete and compelling answer): Student included a complete and
compelling answer. Student answer should thoroughly explain each component of question and
substantiate student completed interview. Answer was at least five sentences long but not longer than
seven sentences. Student included all components of multi-faceted questions.
Grammatically correct and understandable: Student was introspective without rambling. Student
avoided grammatical mistakes, used transition words, and had appropriate sentence structure.
Vocabulary is precise, appropriate, and student used advanced vocabulary when necessary. Tone is
mature, consistent, and suitable for topic as well as audience. Clear and concisely written sentences.
Sentence structure is varied and employed for effect. Student uses transition words and sentences to
create logical flow. Please proofread your assignment answers. Grammatical mistakes detract from a
paper’s readability as well as make an argument less compelling. Remember, you receive 2 bonus points
each time you bring your paper to the writing center or meet with a writing center tutor online (up to 6
points).

 

Here is my Title for Assignment #3 in Bold Times New Roman

Rest of Title Page is not in bold

See Canvas and APA website for correct format.

 

 

No late assignments are accepted…. So, if you try to post your assignment at 11:30pm and you have a technical issue and cannot submit your paper by 11:59pm you will receive a zero.

 

This document is not a complete list of assignment requirements. You must go to professor’s assignment instructions and rubric to understand grading.

 

 

 

 

 

Reminders

1) Use Times New Roman size 12 black font (Do not forget to change header font/size)

2) Use 1-inch margins and make sure answers are double spaced as well as left justified.

3) I completed this document very quickly to provide you an additional resource for your assignment. This example paper is not perfectly done…. and I am sure there are grammatical mistakes. Typically, I would have it proofread and wait one week to revise but since I am trying to get something to you it is guaranteed to be imperfect. Please feel free to point out any grammatical mistake, confusing sentences, or errors. I welcome any and all constructive feedback as I strive to be an excellent educator and always want to improve what I am doing.

Part I

Part I: Interviewing to gain new perspectives and knowledge.

Interview a Human Resource Manager, your manager, or a senior manager. This individual must currently supervise at least 15 employees or recently retired but supervised at least 15 people.

 

1) Information about interviewee. 

Name and Title: Melissa Mayham Mann is Vice President of Human Capital Endeavors

Industry: Sports management company call “Sports Kick Butt Literally Inc.”

Managerial and Human Resource Management Experience: # years manager # years HR

– Recruitment and Selection

– Performance Evaluations

– Important HR Shenanigans

– List what else they have done as a manger and/or HR…..

Location of Interview: Starbucks in Southern Pines, NC

Day, Time, and Length of Interview: May 10th from 12:30pm to 2:30pm (2 hours)

Contact Number and Email: (914) 411-9000 and mmm@sportskb.org

Interview Questions

2) Identify a human resource management related labor force trend that has significantly impacted how you manage employees at your organization. How has this trend changed the way you manage employees compared to traditional methods or has this trend not impacted how you manage and if so, why not? (Do not include question on your paper.)

In grammatically correct sentences, type up their answers in a summary format. Meaning, do not just type up their answers verbatim but the idealizations and message in their words. You should be summarizing what they said and if you take a direct quote from them, you need to put it in quotation marks.

Reminders:

– Address the interview question specifically. For this question, look through Chapter 2 in our book to ensure you are discussing a trend not a fad or singular occurrence/event.

– A few direct quotations are fine, but the majority should be a summation of their thoughts and expressions.* See below for formatting.

– Answers should be thorough so ask for additional information if they give you a one-word answer or do not fully answer the question. If they still do not expand then ask a follow-up question (you should write five to seven sentences for each answer.)

– Make sure you answer all components to a question. Interview questions are multi-faceted so your answer should address both parts

– Write in 3rd person when answering interview questions to sound more objective.

 

* There are two different approaches you can take when citing information from an interview: narrative and parenthetical. (These are for your “in-text” citations within your answers.) You will notice for interviews when you use a direct quote, you do not need a page or para number as this information is deemed “unrecoverable” so is not necessary to include (even if the personal communication is a letter.)

 

A narrative citation looks like this example…

In regards to legal considerations, M. Mann (personal communication, October 10, 2020) posits, “Exact quote from interview….. blah blah.”

 

A parenthetical citation for information obtained during an interview looks like this example…

Alternatively, it is imperative to comprehend that “parenthetical citations go at the end of a sentence” (M. Mann, personal communication, October 10, 2020).

 

 

 

3) What new HR related legal changes (new or proposed laws related specifically to managing people) are you aware of that may change how you manage employees going forward. Additionally, what new employment law(s) would you like to see implemented at the federal or state level and why. (Do not include question on your paper.)

Reminders:

– Address the interview question specifically. For this question, look through Chapter 3, EEOC, SHRM to make sure you are discussing HR laws not general business laws.

– Make sure you are prepared with a few new employment laws so if they do not know of a new law specifically then you can provide information and discuss.)

– A few direct quotations are fine, but the majority should be a summation of their thoughts and expressions.* See below for formatting.

– Answers should be thorough so ask for additional information if they give you a one-word answer or do not fully answer the question. If they still do not expand then ask a follow-up question (you should write five to seven sentences for each answer.)

– Make sure you answer all components to a question. Interview questions are multi-faceted so your answer should address both parts

– Write in 3rd person when answering interview questions to sound more objective.

 

4a) For this question, you need to create an interview question (Include your question on your answer document you post to Canvas.) Write your question about some component of managing human resources you have been wondering about or organizational process related to employees/HR you would like to change but want to know why said process is handled/completed in the current manner.

4b) Write the question you asked your manager here.  

 

Review bullet points above as hints for this answer. Make sure your answer is still no longer than seven to eight sentences. You can write additional information about what you learned in the “Part II” reflective section.

 

 

Part II: Putting it all together… reflect on what you learned during class and set goals for implementing changes going forward. 

 

5) Tell me in your own words:

 

  1. a) What have you learned this semester in HR class.

 

  1. b) What laws/practices might you have been unaware of before class and how will you ensure going forward you personally, and your organization, can avoid breaking these laws.

 

  1. c) How can you apply some of the things you have learned to your own managerial practices in the future or situations you are currently dealing with at work.

 

  1. d) Additionally, what thing(s) would like to change most about human resource management at your organization or at a place you have worked in the past?

 

Reminders

– In this section of your paper you may write in 1st person. You do not need to provide citations or references in this section.

– I am looking for your perspective, opinions, and goals.

– This should be the longest section of your paper and should be specific not just broad generalizations about “doing better at work” (a comment I received from a student last semester. Showcase and summarize for me specifics about what you have learned. What laws…. practices… terminology….

– Make sure your answers are specific but avoid long anecdotal stories. You are showcasing what you learned this semester so instead of, “I learned HR laws are important, and in the future, I am going to use HR laws.” say “I found the section about compensation particularly important because of a situation at work regarding overtime pay. Exempt and non-exempt employees were not clearly delineated. In the future, here is the solution I am going to use or what I am going to do…. Additionally, do not forget to use your transition words (list on Canvas).

– Use your words….. integrate HR terminology in your answers.

– Although I do not want to put a length on this… it should be two pages long (double spaced). Answers must be in complete sentences and whatever you do… please please please avoid fluff and redundancies…. Like how I did that…. Get it… get it… Ha!

– If you have additional information or content you learned from your interview, you may add it in here as part of your learning experience.

– You may also talk about bi-products of things you learned about research or time management as well or importance of face-to-face communication….. etc.

– For this section, you are not using citations but rather reflecting, applying, and projecting.

 

 

Make sure you read the assignment instructions and rubric….. this document does not contain all the important details…. Just a brief overview.

 

As a reminder for Part I: Only use a narrative or parenthetical within a sentence… do not use both. However, you should use a combination of narrative and parenthetical citations throughout your answers for interview questions 2, 3, and 4.

 

 

References

 

You do not need to provide any APA citations to support interview answers except from your interviewee, so I should only see in-text citations referencing quotes from your interviewee. As such, I should only see one citation on your reference page. (Do not include this note or the note below this statement on your reference page.)

 

Pay careful attention to parts that are in Italics and punctuation. Additionally, do not forget your hanging indent and to double space your reference. The word reference at the top of the page should be bold and centered (as shown).

 

 

Mann, M. (personal communication, May 10, 2020). Interview about human resource

management practices at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Associate Professor of Management, University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Last Name, First Initial. (personal communication, Month Day, Year). Type of communication as

well as subject of interview and relevant organization. Title of person interviewed, Organization/entity/group they represent.