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Real-World Business Decision Problems

Part 1
In approximately 500 words, describe a real-world business decision that you had to make or a problem that you had to solve for which there was no clear solution. Describe the problem in as much detail as possible within the length guideline. Do not tell how you solved the problem.

*Note: Share only what is appropriate to share. Respect confidential information, and when writing about personal experiences, do not identify actual companies or individuals.

Part 2
- Summarize how you solved the business problem or decision, outlining the steps that you took.
- Describe how you would have dealt with the situation differently.

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Job Description: HR manager

Problem: Favoritism in the workplace.

In this situation, I was managing the HR function of a plant that had 250 employees. It was a small private company with a lot of the "good ol" boy systems in place, therefore, overtime, all promotions and predominant management practices were being made based on favoritism. I had been in the job about 1 year when I had a tough decision to make. Either accept that the most talented and deserving workers were going to continue being passed up based on the "clicks" in management selecting their friends, or, take a stand and try to change the culture. The problem I faced was that I risked losing my career with the company and, I had no support that I could readily identify to help institute a change.

In addition, I had never faced this type of situation and therefore I had no real plan for how to resolve such deep rooted and cultural problems. So, the combination of a lack of a plan and no real support to change a culture, mixed with my fear of being an ...

Solution Summary

The expert describes the problem in as much detail as possible within the length guideline. How you solved the business problem or decision, outlining the steps that you took is summarized.

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