Week 7 Discussion Questions

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There are many ways that a company can motivate its employees. Consider the different types of pay and benefits described on pp. 420–423 of the text. What type of incentive do you think is most effective for creating a motivating work environment? Why?

Creating a motivating work environment can be a difficult task. Employers need to consider the needs of employees and the average pay rates for the work required when determining salaries and benefits. To keep employees motivated, it is important to offer incentives and pay raises for good performance. When employers base their raises on the merit pay system, they will encourage their employees to work hard to earn a high raise. Also, providing employees with bonuses when they accomplish a designated task will keep them encouraged to work hard. One thing that employers should consider when determining the salaries and benefits of employees is health insurance. Many people cannot afford for health insurance to come out of their base pay. Therefore, if employers pay for the health insurance for full time employees, they will be more likely to keep employees. Although paid time off and sick days are luxuries that employees appreciate, health insurance is the most important benefit that an employer can offer.

Your instructor will assign you one of the five areas of human resources management to discuss. Imagine that you work in the human resources (HR) department of a medium-sized company. Your manager has asked you to brainstorm ways to improve one of the five areas of human resource management in your company. Assuming that all five areas are currently functioning at an equal level, what type of improvement would you implement in your assigned area? What effect do you think the improvement will have on your business?

Recruitment and Selection

Recruiting future employees is challenging and time consuming. To improve the recruitment and selection, the company should begin be implementing designated...
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