Human Resource Management Case

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Marie Bohm and The Aspect Group
Human Resource Management

Marie Bohm has created an effective organization centred on the core value of providing a humane workplace and flexibility for team members who share the same values towards achieving work-life balance and quality outputs. The Aspect Group is a small team of homebased professionals with a few on-demand specialists who could be called in to fill specific client or project needs as they arise. Marie Bohm is the quarterback of this flexible, organic team. Bohm recruited professionals, individuals of the highest quality, who were an excellent fit for the firm’s flexible structure. She sought out people who have a high level of professionalism and reliability; people who possessed a positive attitude and good interpersonal skills. Communication within the team was a critical factor for the type of structure deployed and there was no tolerance for behaviours that were typically viewed as corporate politics or negativity; Marie was very direct with her feedback on these types of personality issues that upset the team chemistry. This focus on recruiting people who shared these values led to a cohesive team that attracted the highest calibre people. The shared values created synergies and high expectations that focused on delivering quality to the client and it fostered accountability within the group; as opposed to pressure. Alignment of people and the cultural values of the organization are an absolute foundational principle and a key success factor for The Aspect Group. The structure also produced a number of business advantages. Lower overhead costs was achieved by the home-based approach as there was no office front to maintain along with some of the typical office associated costs like an IT function and a receptionist. It provided an opportunity to deliver more value to the client, such as going to the clients’ offices for meeting that saved their time. Hourly fees charged by Bohm to the client were...
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