Hrm Research Report on a Company Problem

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Recruitment at Freerichs KG
Research report for the course: HRM

Group 5
Thijs Bakker │299138

Table of Contents

Executive summary4
1.About Freerichs KG6
2.Recruitment at Freerichs KG7
3.Options for improvement8
3.1.Hiring Students after Graduation8
3.2.Hiring Foreigners8
3.3.Online applications8
3.4.Specific area specialists8
4.Planning schedule for the recruitment process12
4.1.Create a Job Description12
4.2.Send out vacancies to newspapers and through online media13
4.3.Analyse applications from potential candidates and invite them for an interview13
4.5.Hire new employee(s)13
5.Flexible personnel file14
5.1.Change of salary settings14
5.2.Employment of temporary staff14
5.3.Exchange of flexible staff between companies15
5.4.Employment of interns15


"You are only as good as your people" – This statement clearly stipulates the importance of people in any organization.

Freerichs KG is a German company which offers services in the area of heating, plumbing and solar systems. The HR manager of the company, Philip Freerichs, is struggling with the recruitment of skilled staff.

This report is the result of a project for the International Business school, as part of the course Human Resource Management in which students are asked to apply the knowledge gained during this course. The purpose of this report is to present possible solutions and recommendations for the HR manager of Freerichs KG.

The first part of the report presents the methodology, here information is provided about the steps that need to be taken in order to gather necessary information.

After this, a description of the company is given, including basic information about the profile of the company and its structure, followed by various options for improvement. In this section, the advantages and disadvantages of four possible solutions for HR manager are presented and described, these are online applications, hiring people from abroad, hiring students and hiring specialist in specific areas.

Subsequently, the report includes the outline and explanation of the five steps in the recruitment process.

The next part of the report contains the description and possibilities of using several forms of flexible personnel file by Freerichs KG.

Finally, from the outcomes of the primary and secondary data, the best solutions are drawn and recommended.

Executive summary

The report at hand addresses the human resources problem identified at Freerichs KG, this is a plumbing company located in the northeast of Germany. Primary research through an interview with the HR manager identified an issue which centres around the recruitment of skilled staff. Currently, the company employs five people for the day to day tasks, but one has become unable to work due to illness, and another employee is reaching the age of retirement. For a while now, the company has tried to recruit new employees, but without success. From the outcomes of this primary research, the following research question could be accepted;

How should Freerichs KG change its HR practices to attract skilled employees?

Thus, the main objective of this report is to find out whether the current HR practices can be improved, or if there are other options available to acquire skilled employees.

Through secondary data research a number of solutions could be identified, including the hiring of students, the recruitment of foreigners, the investment in online applications or the hiring of specialists in specific areas of the job.

Next to this, a planning schedule for the recruitment process gives further guidance to the HR manager, as this can be used as a guideline in finding the most suitable candidates. This...
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