Arthur Reed - Case Study

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Arthur Reed – Case Study
In this essay, I am going to discuss the staff management problem Arthur Reed faces every summer. Arthur Reed, a supervisor at the Blue Grocery Stores, has an issue with hiring temporary workers in sufficient numbers to cover the sick and vacationing workers for the summer months. As warehouse supervisor in charge of two shifts on the shipping dock, Arthur usually manages to run the shifts smoothly every year except in the summer months. During the summer months, Arthur faces a shortage of staff when most of his senior staff call in sick or take vacation. Arthur runs into this problem every summer and does not look forward to the frustration of trying to hire sufficient temporary workers this summer.

Although Arthur has earned the respect within the industry and has 20 years experience in the grocery industry, when it comes to dealing with staff shortage, Arthur does not know how to manage the problem. If Arthur knows he will faces this problem yearly, then why does he not plan ahead to avoid the frustration? Perhaps Arthur is not managing his staff as well as he can because he is lacking in supervisory skills; otherwise, he would not have run into this problem every summer.

What are the problems? Staff management and on-call workers are the problems. In my opinion, Arthur is having a problem managing his senior staff because he is not communicating with them effectively regarding scheduling vacation and call-in sick days. The reason he keeps having the same problem every summer is that there are no guidelines for the staff on how to submit their schedules for time-off. Perhaps implementing guidelines will enable Arthur to manage the problem more effectively because it will allow him sufficient time to hire temporary workers. In addition, it will enable the senior staff to schedule their vacation periods in advance so that they can book trips and/or travel at a discount. The other issue is the on-call workers. On-call workers only...
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