Assignment 2: Mitigating Legal Issues

Assignment 2: Mitigating Legal Issues

Due Week 5 and worth 200 points

As you are reviewing the growth of your selected company, you are noticing how diversity and sexual harassment issues are impacting the overall company culture. You want to make sure that your friend is not vulnerable to any legal issues that could jeopardize the survivability of the company. You realize that you may need to start implementing a few policies now instead of waiting until the HR department has been fully materialized. You will also need to communicate the policies to the managers, staff and employees of your selected company.

Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:

1. Create a diversity policy for your selected company to mitigate discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, etc. and to promote a diverse workplace. Note: Use the following samples as guidance.

Hint: Review the sample diversity policy

Hint: Review the Sample Human Resources Policies, Checklists, Forms, and Procedures, or use a sample policy from a company you are familiar with as guidance.

2. Create a sexual harassment policy for your selected company to address a sexual harassment complaint. Cover both quid pro quo and hostile work environment types of harassment in your policy.

Hint:  Review “Sample Policy 1: Sexual Harassment”

Hint: Review the Sample Human Resources Policies, Checklists, Forms, and Procedures, located at , or use a sample policy from a company you are familiar with as guidance.

Hint: Review the article titled “How to address an employee sexual harassment complaint”

3. Use the Diversity or Sexual Harassment Training Plan template to develop a training plan to communicate one (1) of the policies you created (the diversity policy or the sexual harassment policy) to the company’s managers, staff and employees.

Note: The completed Training Plan should be incorporated into the paper and is counted towards the total page length requirement for this assignment.

Hint: Review the article titled “How Do I Plan a Human Resource Training Program in an Organization Setting”

4. Use at least four (4) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia does not qualify as an academic resource.

5. Format your assignment according to these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.
  • Include a reference page. Citations and references must follow APA format. The reference page is not included in the required page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Develop human resource policies and practices that foster an appreciation for multiple cultures, ethnicities, and other diverse populations.
  • Describe key laws governing employment and the required compliance for organizations.
  • Use communication skills to effectively convey human resource policies and practices throughout the organization.
  • Demonstrate an ability to motivate individuals and teams toward organizational goals through the application of human resource initiatives and policies.
  • Review the human resource management function of training and development and the function’s importance to business strategy.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in human resource management.
  • Write clearly and concisely about human resource management using proper writing mechanic

    Running head: IDENTIFYING THE ORGANIZATIONAL LEARNING ISSUES 0

    Identifying the Organizational Learning Issues

    1. Assess the organization’s culture as it relates to shared knowledge, then specify the significant issue(s) that you discovered with the culture. Determine the disconnect you observed between the culture and organizational learning using three (3) of the five (5) mystifications. Support your response with at least one (1) example of each selected mystification within the organization.

    Insight power is an electronics manufacturing company operating in the United States of America. They are outsourcing their products all over the world. The company owns a large number of manpower of about more than one thousand employees coming from the diverse background and social culture. The employees of the organization are not able to work efficiently due to lack of knowledge sharing system of the organization. The management is not making effective decisions to ensure proper sharing of knowledge in between the employees.

    The biggest issue being faced at the organization is lack of appropriate connection in between the employees and management. The management is the main decision making entity at the organization. Due to the same reason, the employees do not feel any ownership of the suggested changes by the management. Also, the employees are quite afraid of the change due to some reservations over the change. The lack of coordination in between the management and employee cause resistance from the employees towards the change. It also reduces the development and performance of employees as a team (Andreadis, 2009). For example, when the management implements the decisions for the employees without taking their suggestions, then the employees feel no ownership towards the organization.

    The second mystification is the lack of training program for the new hiring at the organization. The employees despite their experience need a proper overview of the new environment for proper functioning. The lack of such training program disturbs the employees’ relation and reduces organizational productivity (Boone, 2014). For example, when a new employee starts working at a particular station with older employees, the lack of new cultural overview causes mistakes from the new worker and aggravates the staff overall.

    The third significant mystification is the lack of a proper continuous development program. Learning is a continuous process; however, when the organization does not facilitate the employees with new methods of performing things, then it degrades the employee morale, and it also causes a decrease in their motivation level (Forman, 2014). For example, when an employee needs certain training for performing a particular job more effectively; however, the organization does not arrange training for the same then it leads towards degradation of employee motivation and dedication level.

    2. Give your opinion on the current Organizational Learning Mechanism(s) (OLMs) that hinder organizational learning. Support your response with one (1) example of training or learning initiative (e.g., sharing knowledge, training programs, working as a team, experiences, procedures, processes, etc.) and the outcome when it was applied to the organization.

    The author believes that the organizational culture and organizational learning mechanisms are the most significant obstacles towards organizational learning. The current organizational learning mechanism is working towards the decrease in confidence level, moral level, dedication level, and motivation level of the employees. As the organization does not pay certain attention towards their development and suggestions; therefore, they do not feel any ownership for the organization (Li & Kozhikode, 2011). The lack of training culture, participative decision making, knowledge sharing, effective procedures, etc. is holding the employees from providing any productive suggestion towards the organization. As the organization is not paying certain attention towards the team development; therefore, all the employees are making an individual effort for completing their own assigned task instead of completing the significant tasks for the organization as a team. (Boone, 2014)

    If the organization takes an initiative of launching sharing knowledge mechanism at the organization, then it will be providing a significant opportunity to all the individuals for sharing their concerns with the management. The employees will start to feel ownership towards the organization with a certain increase in their dedication level. It will improve teamwork for the organization and will increase organizational productivity at the same instant (Mehmood & Qadeer, 2012). For example, if an employee shares a better method for performing any current job at the organization, then the management will be able to save their operational cost while providing benefit to the employees performing the same job. It will also raise their confidence to work towards any suggestions as a team for the betterment of the organizational productivity.

    3. Determine which one (1) of the following OLMs is suitable for replacing the identified OLM(s) that hinder organizational learning as a corrective action to facilitate the transition from individual to organizational learning: Off-line/Internal, On-line/Internal, Off-line/External or On-line/External. Justify your selection.

    The author believes that the online/internal is the best applicable OLM suitable for replacing with the current OLM at the organization. The biggest reason for the same is that as it is an initiative, which means that the employees might have some significant ideas in their mind for the organizational betterment already. If the organization hires any expert from outside without properly consulting the employees, then it will demoralize them even further (Li & Kozhikode, 2011). Therefore, the organization needs to initiate the learning program internally for developing a positive culture. Afterward, the organization can move towards external learning. The selected OLM will vehemence both learning and working at the organization. This will provide an opportunity to the employees for performing online experimentation to identify the working or non-working of the idea (Mehmood & Qadeer, 2012). All the employees will be able to learn as per their own pace. The organization will be able to develop appropriate criteria after proper experimentation to bring convincing improvements.

    4. Evaluate the norms of the organization’s learning culture to determine the source(s) that currently prevent productive learning by applying two (2) of the following norms: inquiry, issue orientation, transparency, integrity or accountability. Provide at least one (1) example of each of the selected norms’ manifestation within the organization in your evaluation.

    The inquiry is the biggest norm creating obstacles towards the organizational learning. The reason behind the same is that the management is more concerned with the resolution of problems from the top instead of inquiring and resolving cause problem. For example, if there is a frequent failure of equipment at the workplace, then the management is more concerned with timely rectification and operation of the equipment (Forman, 2004). The management does not show the required interest towards the reasoning behind the frequent failure of the equipment. It is quite possible that the employees are not able to operate the equipment effectively leading to the frequent equipment failure. If the management inquires the same problem properly, then they will be arranging training for the employees leading to better operation of the equipment and the reduction of frequent problems with the equipment (Boone, 2014).

    The second hindering norm at the organization is transparency. The employees lack certain confidence that the management will provide the required insight and brainstorm to their suggestions. Therefore, the employees resist sharing such suggestions with the management (Andreadis, 2009). For example, if an employee has an idea for bringing certain improvement in the productivity of particular equipment; however, they are aware that the management will not be considering their suggestion in an appropriate required manner. Therefore, due to the same reason, they will not share their concern with the management. Also, if the management does not share the benefits of a particular decision with the team members, then they either will resist the change or will not accept the change in an effective manner.

    References

    Andreadis, N. (2009). Learning and organizational effectiveness: A systems perspective. Performance Improvement48(1), 5-11. doi: 10.1002/pfi.20043

    Boone, S. (2014). Using Organizational Learning to Increase Operational and Conceptual Mental Models Within Professional Learning Communities. Journal Of Psychological Issues In Organizational Culture5(3), 85-99. doi: 10.1002/jpoc.21152

    Forman, D. (2004). Changing perspectives from individual to organizational learning. Performance Improvement43(7), 16-21. doi: 10.1002/pfi.4140430707

    Li, J., & Kozhikode, R. (2011). Organizational learning of emerging economy firms. Organizational Dynamics40(3), 214-221. doi: 10.1016/j.orgdyn.2011.04.009

    Mehmood, S., & Qadeer, D. (2012). Organization Learning as a Mediating Mechanism between TQM and Organizational Performance: A Review and Directions. SSRN Electronic Journal. doi: 10.2139/ssrn.2283319

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