Natural Knibbles Case Study

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1.0Executive Summary
Natural Knibbles, an established health food company, is facing a number of challenges due to changes within the market and business environment. To fix these problems, it is important to outline the role of the HR manager, as well as identify the HRM activities and steps that Natural Knibbles would need to take to develop an effective HR plan.

It is important for the HR manager to be involved in the management team, and have the opportunity to contribute to the organisations’ strategic decisions. HR managers take a more strategic approach by gaining a better understanding of the organisation, the employees, stakeholders, products and finances, helping them fulfil their role by translating business strategy into action.

While HRM is responsible for managing employer/employee relationships, it also involves ‘the acquisition, development, reward and motivation, maintenance and departure of an organisation’s human resources’ (Stone, 2008 p11).

HR Planning involves planning, organising and reviewing human resource activities to ensure that the right people are employed at the right time to help achieve organisational strategic objectives. Forecasts are made to ensure that the right numbers of people are being used at appropriate times.

Natural Knibbles’ success ultimately depends on how well its human resources are managed. For a successful HR plan, the company must ensure that HR personnel understand the HR planning process, top management is supportive of these decisions, the organisations doesn’t over complicate the systems, communication between HR managers and their employees are healthy and that there is a balance between quantitative and qualitative approaches to HR planning. Table of contents

1.0Executive Summary……………………………………………………………….1

2.0Introduction………………………………………………………………………...3

3.0Problem Analysis and justification
3.1The role of the HR manager……………………………………………….4 3.2Strategic Partner…………………………………………………………….4 3.3Administrative Expert……………………………………………………….5 3.4Employee Champion……………………………………………………….5 3.5Change Agent……………………………………………………………….5 3.6HRM Activities……………………………………………………………….6 3.7Organisational Stakeholders………………………………………………7 3.8Strategic Intent……………………………………………………………...8 3.9Strategic Management……………………………………………………..8 3.10HR Planning……………………………………………………………..8 3.11Environmental Factors and HR Planning……………………………..9 3.12Globalisation……………………………………………………………..9 3.13Forecasting and Research methods…………………………………10 3.14Outsourcing and Offshoring…………………………………………..10 3.15HRMIS Confidentiality and management concerns………………..10 3.16Employment Law………………………………………………………11

4.0Alternative solutions
4.1Recruitment Process……………………………………………………...12 4.2Human Resource Information Management Systems………………...12

5.0Conclusion/Recommendation....................................................................13

6.0References....................................................................................................13

2.0Introduction
The purpose of this report is to provide a detailed analysis of the HRM requirements for Natural Knibbles. Natural Knibbles is a health food company that has been established since 1998. It is currently run by a husband and wife team, Brandon and Cherrie Wheat. Natural Knibbles specialises in the production of healthy food items, using only high quality organic produce, and are planning to enter a new niche market to expand their operations. Due to various changes within the company, Natural Knibbles are facing a number of different HR issues and challenges. In order to address these issues, relevant factors affecting the organisation in this change process will be outlined. Management of Natural Knibbles will be informed of the policies and procedures, as the report outlines the importance of developing an effective HR plan to achieve the organisations’ strategic objectives. In order to develop an effective...
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