Comprehensive Case Essay
Professor Gwendolyn Wiggins
Human Resource Management
January 11, 2011
The purpose of this essay is to answer several specific question on the comprehensive case study of Bandag Automotive.
Given Bandag Auto’s size, and anything else you know about it, explain why and how the human resource management function should be reorganized.
Bandag’s Automotive human resource management should be reorganized because the executive assistant is outsourcing several duties that a qualified individual could handle their selves in-house. The executive assistant could hire a human resource manager to recruit and screen possible employees, a benefit specialist to administer employee benefits, such as the 401K plan and a personal accountant to do payroll for all the chain stores. Hiring these individuals would cut down on business expense and the company would be more hands on with the company’s dealings. Also, the managers of each store could take on more responsibility if there workload isn’t overbearing. The human resource management function would then become smaller in size allowing for opportunities that would benefit the employees. Bandag’s human resource organization chart would ultimately have less staff members listed on it, but it would show that they are “family” oriented business, such as Jim’s father treated it and the company could use the extra profit towards raises, marketing, sales, production, etc. I think the best way to implement the changes would be to have a company meeting that explains and shows how the reorganization of the human resource management function would have a positive impact on the business.