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1.1 Evaluate three elements that impact Professional Products' growth strategy as they relate to the recruitment, hiring, and retention of employees. Cite relevant supporting examples from your course materials and this case study to develop your evaluation efforts (Course Outcome 2).

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1. Assess the organization's strategies for employee selection in the hiring process and subsequent retention efforts.
2. Evaluate the three elements of the professional studies criteria.
3. Decide what strategies; if employed; would keep the organization from downsizing.
4. Evaluate the role that HR plays when maintaining healthy relationships between the organization and its employees while facing changes (e.g. possible outsourcing of production of materials) in the marketplace.

1.2 Explain what other HR strategies, in addition to training employees for other jobs, the firm might employ to maintain its relationship with its domestic employees. Cite relevant supporting examples from your course materials and this case study to develop your explanation (Course Outcome 4).

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1. Describe cross-training and its impact on keeping employees at Professional Products viable and employed.
2. Interpret each step of the training process and its relevance to the need for highly specialized employees.
3. Identify what new HR strategies Professional Products might employ to ensure a productive work force if they are forced to outsource work. (Remember the company is committed to not losing any jobs in the event of outsourcing.)
4. Summarize domestic and global markets as they relate to the possibility that Professional Products may have to outsource some of its work to Mexico or Honduras.

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1.1 Evaluate three elements that impact Professional Products' growth strategy as they relate to the recruitment, hiring, and retention of employees. Cite relevant supporting examples from your course materials and this case study to develop your evaluation efforts (Course Outcome 2).

1. Assess the organization's strategies for employee selection in the hiring process and subsequent retention efforts.

Professional Products, Inc. is known as one of Walton County's largest and most stable employers. That tells about the company's hiring and retention practices. For one thing, the company's CEO makes it clear that the company has "never laid off anyone." Instead of laying off its employees, the company normally opts to work short weeks/shorten everyone's week in order to create an even distribution of work and pay. Also, the company believes in employee retention because of the high level of skills and knowledge that it gains from its employees. As a result, the company chooses to cross train individuals so that the proper skill may still be available even in the absence of the professional that would have normally been responsible for that function. Because of this type of employee retention practice, the company is able to carefully select new staff members and has no need to rush into hiring new individuals unnecessarily.

2. Evaluate the three elements of the professional studies criteria.

a. Production-the company is an expert in the market that it serves and that allows it to remain successful. b. Employee retention-the company prides itself in the ability to keep satisfied employees and not laying anyone off. c. Outsourcing-the company is planning to expand to other areas in order to reduce costs.

3. Decide what strategies, if employed, would keep the organization from downsizing.

a. The organization can choose to send some of its current employees to work outside of the country at the new facilities (Mexico and Honduras) so that they can train the employees and oversee the operations ...

Solution Summary

In today's economy, companies are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of good practices that will promote employee retention and foster competition.

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