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Impact of HR Practices on Organizational Culture

Below are scenarios of critical decisions you may need to make as a manager. Read each question and select one from each pair of statements. Then, think about the impact your choice would have on the company's culture. Discuss your choices and the impacts on culture in an essay (not including cover and reference pages).

You need to lay off 10 people. Would you
- lay off the newest 10 people?
- lay off the 10 people who have the lowest performance evaluations?

You need to establish a dress code. Would you
- ask employees to use their best judgment?
- create a detailed dress code highlighting what is proper and improper?

You need to monitor employees during work hours. Would you
- not monitor them because they are professionals and you trust them?
- install a program monitoring their Web usage to ensure that they are spending work hours actually doing work?

You need to conduct performance appraisals. Would you
- evaluate people on the basis of their behaviors?
- evaluate people on the basis of their results (numerical sales figures and so on)?

You need to promote individuals. Would you promote individuals based on
- seniority?
- objective performance?

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Impact of HR Practices on Organizational Culture

Scenario A:
You need to lay off 10 people. Would you
lay off the newest 10 people?
lay off the 10 people who have the lowest performance evaluations?
Answer:
I would Lay off the 10 people with the lowest performance evaluations.

Impact on Culture:
The main impact that this would have on the culture include:
a) It will show that the company takes ethical decisions and is fair in the decision making
b) Employees are an important part of the company
c) Under performance will not be accepted within the company
d) All individuals irrespective of how long they have been in the company are treated equal, and company is focused on keeping people who are dedicated, committed, and focused on their jobs
e) Although loyalty is necessary and expected, underperformance is never an option.

Scenario B:
You need to establish a dress code. Would you
ask employees to use their best judgment?
create ...

Solution Summary

This solutions discusses each of the scenarios along with bulleted points explaining the impact on the culture of the company in 613 words with one reference.

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