Counte of Monte Cristo

February 11, 2010
The Count Of Monte Cristo
People who change their identities may do so because it lets them be someone different, someone they have allows wanted to be or someone who can get away with things with it being caught. Changing who you are allows you to hide or get away from yourself and others, and many other reasons. When changing identities, not only do physical changes occur but mental changes occur too. Thoughts and purposes and goals and aspirations become different things then they were before. Edmond Dantes, takes on various identities throughout the book. His purpose in taking on new identities is to seek revenge on his enemies while rewarding those who never did him wrong while he was Edmond Dantes.
Edmond Dantes a successful, happy, young sailor was imprisoned right before his wedding with the love of his life. When Dantes entered prison he was a nineteen-year-old boy and who wanted nothing but the best for everyone. After learning about why he was brought there, he became obsessed with getting revenge. Upon his escape from prison, he set out on a journey to do nothing but get the revenge that was needed and to get the whole story on why he was imprisoned and who was behind it all. During his time in prison his views on life had changed greatly. Thoughts of revenge consumed his brain and he now realized that being nice to everyone is not the way to get what you want. He had a one track mind when he escaped; all he wanted to do was to make those who made him suffer, suffer themselves as Dantes stated ???I want to punish my enemies before I die, and I may have a few friends to reward.???
Dantes was no longer the ???good guy??? anymore. He wanted to get even. He bribes people with treasurer and large amounts of money to get what he wants. He is using the rich life to get into the circle of all the people who wanted him to be in prison. He uses the money to get respect from them while he is getting all the information and deep secrets about them. While he is under disguise of someone else he can really get in on the gossip and rumors and the truthful acts that happened while he was away. He lies just to get as much information as possible so he can seek the most revenge possible. When he first came back he made an appearance as a priest and went to talk to one of his good friends that he had and he bribed him with a diamond if he promised to tell the truth about the questions he asked. Dantes believed him rewards those who had done good things and punishing those who hadnt. As said by Dantes ???I am firmly convinced that, sooner or later, the good are rewarded and the wicked are punished.??? He also said that he could soon prove that statement true only leaving us to believe he was serious about his revenge.
Throughout the rest of the story Dantes did everything in his power to gather all the information as possible. He wanted to keep his enemies close because that was his only way of finding out what happened and to plot his plan to get even. He took on the new identities because they gave him power and allowed him to gain the trust of people who would not trust him if he was truly displaying himself as Edmond Dantes they only trusted him because he acted as very rich and powerful man. Once Dantes had found the treasure he was utter shock and happiness proven by the author writing ???Dantes was seized with sort of a giddy fever then he closed his eyes like a child, opened them, and stood dumbfounded.??? He now knew his luck was turning around and he could finally seek what he wanted most. Revenge. His incredible wealth helped him gain everything he needed including power and connections that will help him later on in destructing his enemies lives.

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Hrm 531 Memorandum

DATE: Wednesday, December 13, 2008
TO: First-Level Managers
FROM: Manager
RE: InterClean??“EnviroTech Merger

Manager Behavior

In response to the merger of InterClean and EnviroTech, it is imperative to be aware that our behaviors will affect our staff. In order to promote efficiency, we must show behavior of sound leadership, trust and enthusiasm which will create a work environment conducive to high productivity.

You are the key part of the merger??™s success as your behaviors and attitudes will be contagious to our employees. If you respond negatively, subordinate productivity and creativity may drop and employee turn-over will rise, thus costing the company time, money and resources. However, if your attitudes and behaviors are positive and genuine, our employees will ensure trust in the organization and its management. This trust will transcend into a rise in employee self-confidence and job security that will flow over to an increase in productivity. According to McNeese-Smith (1993), ???if managers want productive employees, they must set a good example, establish high standards and values, and then practice what they preach.???

Employment Laws

You may feel overwhelmed with court rulings, laws and regulatory agency assertions. Nevertheless, employment laws are necessary to protect our employees as well as the organization from legal ramifications. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) are the two major federal regulatory agencies in charge of enforcing nondiscrimination laws (Cascio, 2006). We must be vigilant not to violate an employment act, such as the Civil Rights Act, Equal Pay Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and Age Discrimination in Employment Act. You must be familiar with all employee acts in order to keep from breaching laws that could put the company at risk.

Encourage staff to stay with the company by sharing our seniority benefits. Do not, however, make promotion, demotion or salary judgments on an employer??™s race, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability or pregnant state.
Diversity Practices

Workforces are evolving. ???More than half the U.S. workforce now consists of racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, and women??? (Cascio, 2006). The merger with EnviroTech will create a diverse working environment not just with talent and skill levels but also with employee cultures, ages, etc. It is crucial that we embrace the diversity of our employees by focusing on individual talents, establishing mentoring programs, and developing career planning. It is imperative to maintain a safe and unbiased working environment for all employees at all times.

Practices to adopt for dealing with a diverse workforce are: be open to different work styles, praise employees for their unique qualities and skills, and encourage ideas and creativity. By possessing a positive behavior, your employees will find comfort in your leadership and will be more willing to share their thoughts and ideas.

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Count of Montecristo

The Count of Montecristo refers to the name assumed by Edmond Dantes in order to take back what was stolen from him; his love.
Alexandre Dumas, pere, (1802-1870), prolific French playwright, historian, and author is best known today for his novel (first serialized in the magazine Le Siecle), The Three Musketeers (1844).
Alexandre Dumas pere was born on 24 July 1802 in the village of Villers-Cotterets, just outside of Paris, France, the third child born to Marie Louise Labouret, daughter of an inn keeper, and Thomas Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie (1762-1806) a military General under Napoleon. Alexandres grandfather, the Marquis Alexandre Davy de La Pailleterie (1710-1786) married a slave he fell in love with in San Domingo (now Haiti) named Marie Louise Cesette Dumas (d.1772). Thomas took her last name when he himself enlisted with the French army. After a falling out with Napoleon due to his criticism of the Egypt campaign, and a long imprisonment which left him in poor health, Thomas returned returned home a broken man with no pension. After his death the family was left in dire financial straits. Alexandres mother set her best efforts to providing an education for her son although he proved to be less than enthusiastic about it. He attended Abbe Gregoires school before finding employment with a local notary to help support the family.
In 1822 Dumas pere set off for Paris and was soon immersed in literary life. He worked as a scribe for the duc dOrleans, later to be King Louis Philippe when the 1830 revolution which Dumas pere participated in ousted King Charles X. He met noted playwrights and collaborated with them before making his own entrance to the stage at the Comedie francaise with his plays Henry III and His Court (1829), The Tower of Nesle (1832), Kean (1836), and his Byronic Antony (first performed in 1831) inspired by the works of Lord George Gordon Byron. An avid reader of William Shakespeare and Sir Walter Scott, his dramas were immensely popular, being among the first of the Romantic Movement along with friend and sometimes rival Victor Hugos (1802-1885). They were a decided change from the neoclassic style that dominated Parisian stages at the time. During this period Dumas pere had a son, Alexandre fils (1824-1895) with his lover Marie Laure Catherine Labay (1794-1868) who also became a noted author and playwright, being admitted to the Academie francaise in 1874. Although Dumas pere kept up his womanising ways, in 1840 he married actress Ida Ferrier (1811-1859) and had an illegitimate daughter, Marie Alexandrine (b.1831) with Belle Kreilssamner (1803-1875).
After a short but terrifying bout of cholera during the epidemic of 1832, Dumas pere was ordered by his physician–“when they have nothing more to say” [from The Glacier Land (1852)]–to take a tour of Europe; on 21 July 1832 he left Paris and embarked on his first of many travels which took him to such countries as Austria, the Netherlands, Spain, England, Germany, and North Africa. As was his wont, he kept remarkable records of his adventures included in Travel Impressions: In Switzerland (1834), A Year in Florence (1841), From Paris to Cadiz (1847), The Caucasus (1859), and Travel Impressions: In Russia (1860).
Dumas pere continued his prodigious output of essays, short stories, and novels. With the success of The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers he sought a place of refuge to concentrate on further writings. He bought land and built the Chateau de Monte Cristo (nicknamed Chateau dIf) in Port Marly, Yvelines, France, now a museum. There he worked when not lavishly entertaining guests, but it was not long before he had to sell it when his debts grew too much. In 1851 he fled to Brussels, Belgium to avoid creditors. Further titles published during this time were his Valois Romances including Queen Margot (1845), The Lady of Monsoreau (a.ka. Chicot the Jester (1845), and The Forty-Five Guardsmen (1847); and The Regents Daughter (1845), The Two Dianas (1846), The Black Tulip (1850), The Wolf Leader (1857), The Companions of Jehu (1857), and his autobiography Mes Memoires (written between 1852-55).
AAlexandre Dumas pere died on 5 December 1870 at his sons villa in Puys, near Dieppe, France. He was buried in the cemetery of Villers-Cotterets, but as of the year 2002 he now rests in the Pantheon in Paris, among other such notable French literary giants as Emile Zola, Victor Hugo, Jean Jacques Rousseau, and Francois-Marie Arouet Voltaire.
??? Edmond Dantes – The protagonist of the novel. Dantes is an intelligent, honest, and loving man who turns bitter and vengeful after he is framed for a crime he does not commit. When Dantes finds himself free and enormously wealthy, he takes it upon himself to act as the agent of Providence, rewarding those who have helped him in his plight and punishing those responsible for his years of agony.
??? The Count of Monte Cristo – The identity Dantes assumes when he emerges from prison and inherits his vast fortune. As a result, the Count of Monte Cristo is usually associated with a coldness and bitterness that comes from an existence based solely on vengeance.
??? Lord Wilmore – The identity of an eccentric English nobleman that Dantes assumes when committing acts of random generosity. Lord Wilmore contrasts sharply with Monte Cristo, who is associated with Dantes??™s acts of bitterness and cruelty. Appropriately, Monte Cristo cites Lord Wilmore as one of his enemies.
??? Abbe Busoni – Another of Dantes??™s false personas. The disguise of Abbe Busoni, an Italian priest, helps Dantes gain the trust of the people whom the count wants to manipulate because the name connotes religious authority.
??? Sinbad the Sailor – The name Dantes uses as the signature for his anonymous gift to Morrel. Sinbad the Sailor is also the persona Dantes adopts during his time in Italy.
??? Mercedes – Dantes??™s beautiful and good fiancee. Though Mercedes marries another man, Fernand Mondego, while Dantes is in prison, she never stops loving Dantes. Mercedes is one of the few whom Dantes both punishes (for her disloyalty) and rewards (for her enduring love and underlying goodness).
??? Abbe Faria – A priest and brilliant thinker whom Dantes meets in prison. Abbe Faria becomes Dantes??™s intellectual father: during their many years as prisoners, he teaches Dantes history, science, art, and many languages. He then bequeaths to Dantes his vast hidden fortune. Abbe Faria is the most important catalyst in Dantes??™s transformation into the vengeful Count of Monte Cristo.
??? Fernand Mondego – Dantes??™s rival for Mercedes??™ affections. Mondego helps in framing Dantes for treason and then marries Mercedes himself when Dantes is imprisoned. Through acts of treachery Mondego becomes a wealthy and powerful man and takes on the name of the Count de Morcerf. He is the first victim of Dantes??™s vengeance.
??? Baron Danglars – A greedy, envious cohort of Mondego. Danglars hatches the plot to frame Dantes for treason. Like Mondego, he becomes wealthy and powerful, but loses everything when Monte Cristo takes his revenge. Danglars??™s obsession with the accumulation of wealth makes him an easy target for Monte Cristo, who has seemingly limitless wealth on hand to exact his revenge.
??? Caderousse – A lazy, drunk, and greedy man. Caderousse is present when the plot to frame Dantes is hatched, but he does not take an active part in the crime. Unlike Danglars and Mondego, Caderousse never finds his fortune, instead making his living through petty crime and the occasional murder.
??? Gerard de Villefort? -?  The blindly ambitious public prosecutor responsible for sentencing Dantes to life in prison. Like the others, Villefort eventually receives punishment from Dantes. Villefort stands out as Monte Cristo??™s biggest opposition, as he employs his own power to judge people and mete out punishments.
??? Monsieur Morrel ? -?  The kind, honest shipowner who was once Dantes??™s boss. Morrel does everything in his power to free Dantes from prison and tries to save Dantes??™s father from death. When Dantes emerges from prison, he discovers that Morrel is about to descend into financial ruin, so he carries out an elaborate plot to save his one true friend.
??? Louis Dantes? -?  Dantes??™s father. Grief-stricken, Louis Dantes starves himself to death when Dantes is imprisoned. It is primarily for his father??™s death that Dantes seeks vengeance.
??? Maximilian Morrel? -?  The son of Monsieur Morrel. Brave and honorable like his father, Maximilian becomes Dantes??™s primary beneficiary. Maximilian and his love, Valentine, survive to the end of the story as two good and happy people, personally unaffected by the vices of power, wealth, and position.
??? Albert de Morcerf? -?  The son of Fernand Mondego and Mercedes. Unlike his father, Albert is brave, honest, and kind. Mercedes??™s devotion to both Albert and Dantes allows Monte Cristo to realize her unchanging love for him and causes him to think more deeply about his sole desire for revenge.
??? Valentine Villefort? -?  Villefort??™s saintly and beautiful daughter. Like Maximilian Morrel, her true love, she falls under Dantes??™s protection.
??? Noirtier? -?  Villefort??™s father. Once a powerful French revolutionary, Noirtier is brilliant and willful, even when paralyzed by a stroke. He proves a worthy opponent to his son??™s selfish ambitions.
??? Haydee? -?  The daughter of Ali Pacha, the vizier of the Greek state of Yanina. Haydee is sold into slavery after her father is betrayed by Mondego and murdered. Dantes purchases Haydee??™s freedom and watches her grow into adulthood, eventually falling in love with her.
??? Signor Bertuccio? -?  Dantes??™s steward. Though Bertuccio is loyal and adept, Dantes chooses him as his steward not for his personal qualities but because of his vendetta against Villefort.
??? Benedetto? -?  The illegitimate son of Villefort and Madame Danglars. Though raised lovingly by Bertuccio and Bertuccio??™s widowed sister-in-law, Benedetto nonetheless turns to a life of brutality and crime. Handsome, charming, and a wonderful liar, Benedetto plays the part of Andrea Cavalcanti in one of Dantes??™s elaborate revenge schemes.
??? Madame d??™Villefort? -?  Villefort??™s murderous wife. Devoted wholly to her son Edward, Madame d??™Villefort turns to crime in order to ensure his fortune.
??? Julie Herbaut? -?  The daughter of Monsieur Morrel and sister of Maximilian. Angelically good and blissfully in love, Julie and her husband, Emmanuel, prove to Monte Cristo that it is possible to be truly satisfied with one??™s life.
??? Emmanuel Herbaut? -?  Julie??™s husband. Emmanuel is just as noble and perpetually happy as his wife, Julie.
??? Madame Danglars? -?  Danglars??™s wife. Greedy, conniving, and disloyal, Madame Danglars engages in a never-ending string of love affairs that help bring her husband to the brink of financial ruin.
??? Eugenie Danglars? -?  The Danglars??™ daughter. A brilliant musician, Eugenie longs for her independence and despises men. On the eve of her wedding, she flees for Italy with her true love, Louise d??™Armilly.
??? Louise d??™Armilly? -?  Eugenie Danglars??™s music teacher and constant companion.
??? Lucien Debray? -?  The secretary to the French minister of the interior. Debray illegally leaks government secrets to his lover, Madame Danglars, so that she can invest wisely with her husband??™s money.
??? Ali? -?  Dantes??™s mute Nubian slave. Ali is amazingly adept with all sorts of weapons.
??? Luigi Vampa? -?  A famous Roman bandit. Vampa is indebted to Dantes for once setting him free, and he puts himself at the service of Dantes??™s vengeful ends.
??? Major Cavalcanti? -?  A poor and crooked man whom Dantes resurrects as a phony Italian nobleman.
??? Edward d??™Villefort? -?  The Villeforts??™ spoiled son. Edward is an innocent victim of Dantes??™s elaborate revenge scheme.
??? Beauchamp? -?  A well-known journalist and good friend to Albert de Morcerf.
??? Franz d??™Epinay? -?  Another good friend to Albert de Morcerf. D??™Epinay is the unwanted fiance of Valentine Villefort.
??? Marquis of Saint-Meran? -?  The father of Villefort??™s first wife, who dies shortly after her wedding day.
??? Marquise of Saint-Meran? -?  The wife of the Marquis of Saint-Meran.
??? Jacopo? -?  A smuggler who helps Dantes win his freedom. When Jacopo proves his selfless loyalty, Dantes rewards him by buying the poor man his own ship and crew.
??? Ali Pacha ? -?  A Greek nationalist leader whom Mondego betrays. This betrayal leads to Ali Pacha??™s murder at the hands of the Turks and the seizure of his kingdom. Ali Pacha??™s wife and his daughter, Haydee, are sold into slavery.
??? Baron of Chateau-Renaud? -?  An aristocrat and diplomat. Chateau-Renaud is nearly killed in battle in Constantinople, but Maximilian Morrel saves him at the last second. Chateau-Renaud introduces Maximilian into Parisian society, which leads to Maximilian and Dantes crossing paths.
??? Peppino? -? An Italian shepherd who has been arrested and sentenced to death for the crime of being an accomplice to bandits, when he merely provided them with food. Monte Cristo buys Peppino his freedom.
??? Countess G??” -? A beautiful Italian aristocrat who suspects that Monte Cristo is a vampire.
1. Alacrity. Page 219
Liveliness and eagerness; “he accepted with alacrity”; “the smartness of the pace soon exhausted him.
Celeridad prontitud
Jose was waiting with alacrity for his Christmas present.
2. Perspicacious Page 251
Acutely insightful and wise; “much too perspicacious to be taken in by such a spurious argument”; “observant and thoughtful, he was given to …clear-eyed: mentally acute or penetratingly discerning; “too clear-eyed not to see what problems would follow”; “chaos could be prevented only by clear-sighted leadership”; “much too perspicacious to be taken in by so spurious an argument”
De forma perspicaz
The little girl showed to be perspicacious while talking to the teacher about her whereabouts while playing hide and seek.
3. Conscription Page 158
Compulsory military service.
Servicio militar compulsorio.
The father did not want to leave the family, but he was called to conscription.
4. Frejus Page137
Is a coastal town on the Cote dAzur and commune in the Var department.
Un pueblo de la costa de Cote dAzur
The trip to Ferjus was fascinating.
5. Entrusts Page 197
Made responsible for something
Ser responsable de algo.
The treasure was entrusted to the government.
6. Goddam
Common misspelling of goddamn
Frase comun para denotar molestia.
Goddam! I was supposed to be in that car.
7. Curtsied Page 211
Respectful bow made by women, consisting of bending the knees and lowering the body.
Un gesto de respeto realizado por una mujer que consiste en doblar un poco las rodillas y bajar el cuerpo.
The Queen Isabell curtsied each of her guests prior to entering the ballroom.
8. Unprepossessing Page 3
Poco atractivo
The offer was unprepossessing, but he had no choice and accepted.
9. Velvety Page 13
Suggestive of or resembling velvet; smooth or soft.
Parecido a la tela de seda.
She a beautiful and velvety dress; she looked amazing.
10. Endeavored Page 97
To exert oneself to do or effect something; make an effort, strive.
Julio endeavored in order to obtain a good grade on the math class.
11. Pickaxe Page 111
The farmer used the pickaxe to take out the tree in order for the water to flow.
12. Brocades Page 227
Fabric woven with an elaborate raised design, often using gold or silver thread.
Tela elaborada con detalles a relieve, usualmente realizados con hilos en oro o plata.
The dress had brocades all over; she looked like a princess in her wedding dress.
13. Plucking Page 231
To pull off or out from the place of growth, as fruit, flowers, or feathers.
Arrancar del lugar de nacimiento como frutas, flores o plumas.
Ana was plucking the hen feathers and everyone was watching while she prepared to cook a great meal.
14. Catacombs Page 179
An underground cementary, one consisting of tunnels and romos with recesses dugo ut for coffins and tumbs.
Un cementerio bajo el nivel del terreno
The catacombs were a very scary place for everyone in the tour.

Rendezvous Page 180

An agreement to meet at a certain time or place.

Arreglo para encontrarse en algun lugar o a alguna hora.

The rendezvous was set for Wednesday afternoon.

Prosaic Page 198

Commonplace or dull.

Un lugar comun.

Einstein had a prosaic mind.

Probity Page 235

Integrity and uprightness; honesty.

Integridad, honestidad.

Giving back the money to the people was an act of probity.

Cicerone Page 484

A guide who conducts sightseers

Guia de personas sin vision

She became his cicerone after the accident that almost cost him his life.

Expiation Page 485

The act of making amends

El acto de corregir

The dying woman needed expiation for her sins.

Quay Page 490

A landing place

Un lugar para aterrizar

The quay was vast enough for the boat.

Starboard Page 110

The right-hand side of or direction from a vessel or aircraft facing forward.


The ship was traveling starboard but the storm was hitting the boat very hard.

Discomfited Page 222

To confuse; to frustrate the plans

Frustar algun evento.

The plans were discomfited as a consequence of the accident.

Coquettishly Page 232



She was behaving too coquettishly for her age.

Garb Page 289

Fashion or mode of dress.

Moda para vestirse.

Her garb was the envy of every woman in the party.

Phlegmatically Page 384

Not easily excited to action or display of emotion.

No se exita facilmente.

She was acting phlegmatically; she seemed to be under the influence of some drug.

??? On the 24th of February, 1815, the watch-tower of Notre-Dame de la Garde signaled the arrival of the three master Pharaoh, from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples. Chapter I, page 11.
??? Before him, at a distance of a hundred fathoms, rose the black, steep rock on which stood the frowning Chateau D??™If. Chapter VII, page 56.
??? Exalted by the feeling of liberty, Dantes continued to cleave the waves in what he reckoned should be a direct line for the Isle of Tiboulen. Chapter XVII, page 125
The novel is narrated by an anonymous voice; speaks in the third person, focusing almost entirely on outward action and behavior rather than delving into the psychological realities of the characters.
When Dantes escapes from prison, he is obsessed with gaining revenge against those who betrayed him, as well as rewarding those who remained loyal to him. The revenge theme drives the entire narrative, and Dantes, as Monte Cristo, pursues it patiently and ruthlessly. He believes he is one of those “extraordinary beings” who act as agents of divine Providence. He brings punishment when it is deserved and when it is due. Monte Cristo states this quite explicitly to Villefort when they first meet in Paris and engage in a philosophical discussion (Chapter 48, “Ideology”). Monte Cristo takes Villefort to task for thinking about justice only in terms of human law and society. He, on the other hand, is aware of a more profound reality. He tells the astonished Villefort of an encounter he had with Satan, in which he declared that “the most beautiful, noblest, most sublime thing in the world is to recompense and punish.” Dantes requested that he become Providence itself. Satan told him that the most he could aspire to was to be an agent of Providence.
Eventually, Monte Cristo comes to see the limitations that attend a human being who seeks to appropriate to himself a function of the divine. Having previously used the Biblical notion that the sins of the father are visited on the children to justify the devastation he was prepared to wreak on whole families, he is brought up in shock at the death of the innocent nine-year-old Edouard. He realizes that even though Edouard is the son of Villefort, one of the guilty men, Edouard does not deserve the death he receives. For the first time, this supremely self-confident man doubts the wisdom of his mission of revenge. Monte Cristo feels he has gone too far and can no longer say, “God is for and with me.” With unaccustomed humility, he acknowledges to Maximilien that the gods operate with a kind of infallibility that is not permissible to a mere man. He leaves Paris with many regrets, although he tries to reassure himself that he never misused the power he was given for any “personal good or to any useless cause.” But he cannot shake off his misgivings: “Having reached the summit of his vengeance by a long and tortuous path, he saw an abyss of doubt on the other side of the mountain.” Although a visit to the Chateau dIf rekindles his sense of righteousness about his mission, fortifying him for his final revenge on Danglars, he is still a changed man. He tells Danglars that he forgives him, because Monte Cristo himself is in need of forgiveness for what he has done.
A t the age of nineteen, Edmond Dantes seems to have the perfect life. He is about to become the captain of a ship, he is engaged to a beautiful and kind young woman, Mercedes, and he is well liked by almost everyone who knows him. This perfect life, however, stirs up dangerous jealousy among some of Dantes??™s so-called friends. Danglars, the treasurer of Dantes??™s ship, envies Dantes??™s early career success; Fernand Mondego is in love with Dantes??™s fiancee and so covets his amorous success; his neighbor Caderousse is simply envious that Dantes is so much luckier in life than he is.
Together, these three men draft a letter accusing Dantes of treason. There is some truth to their accusations: as a favor to his recently deceased captain, Dantes is carrying a letter from Napoleon to a group of Bonapartist sympathizers in Paris. Though Dantes himself has no political leanings, the undertaking is enough to implicate him for treason. On the day of his wedding, Dantes is arrested for his alleged crimes.
The deputy public prosecutor, Villefort, sees through the plot to frame Dantes and is prepared to set him free. At the last moment, though, Dantes jeopardizes his freedom by revealing the name of the man to whom he is supposed to deliver Napoleon??™s letter. The man, Noirtier, is Villefort??™s father. Terrified that any public knowledge of his father??™s treasonous activities will thwart his own ambitions, Villefort decides to send Dantes to prison for life. Despite the entreaties of Monsieur Morrel, Dantes??™s kind and honest boss, Dantes is sent to the infamous Chateau d??™If, where the most dangerous political prisoners are kept.
While in prison, Dantes meets Abbe Faria, an Italian priest and intellectual, who has been jailed for his political views. Faria teaches Dantes history, science, philosophy, and languages, turning him into a well-educated man. Faria also bequeaths to Dantes a large treasure hidden on the island of Monte Cristo, and he tells him how to find it should he ever escape. When Faria dies, Dantes hides himself in the abbe??™s shroud, thinking that he will be buried and then dig his way out. Instead, Dantes is thrown into the sea, and is able to cut himself loose and swim to freedom.
Dantes travels to Monte Cristo and finds Faria??™s enormous treasure. He considers his fortune a gift from God, given to him for the sole purpose of rewarding those who have tried to help him and, more important, punishing those who have hurt him. Disguising himself as an Italian priest who answers to the name of Abbe Busoni, he travels back to Marseilles and visits Caderousse, who is now struggling to make a living as an innkeeper. From Caderousse he learns the details of the plot to frame him. In addition, Dantes learns that his father has died of grief in his absence and that Mercedes has married Fernand Mondego. Most frustrating, he learns that both Danglars and Mondego have become rich and powerful and are living happily in Paris. As a reward for this information, and for Caderousse??™s apparent regret over the part he played in Dantes??™s downfall, Dantes gives Caderousse a valuable diamond. Before leaving Marseilles, Dantes anonymously saves Morrel from financial ruin.
Ten years later, Dantes emerges in Rome, calling himself the Count of Monte Cristo. He seems to be all knowing and unstoppable. In Rome Dantes ingratiates himself to Albert de Morcerf, son of Fernand Mondego and Mercedes, by saving him from bandits. In return for the favor, Albert introduces Dantes to Parisian society. None of his old cohorts recognize the mysterious count as Edmond Dantes, though Mercedes does. Dantes is thus able to insinuate himself effortlessly into the lives of Danglars, Mondego, and Villefort. Armed with damning knowledge about each of them that he has gathered over the past decade, Dantes sets an elaborate scheme of revenge into motion.
Mondego, now known as the Count de Morcerf, is the first to be punished. Dantes exposes Morcerf??™s darkest secret: Morcerf made his fortune by betraying his former patron, the Greek vizier Ali Pacha, and he then sold Ali Pacha??™s wife and daughter into slavery. Ali Pacha??™s daughter, Haydee, who has lived with Dantes ever since he bought her freedom seven years earlier, testifies against Morcerf in front of the senate, irreversibly ruining his good name. Ashamed by Morcerf??™s treachery, Albert and Mercedes flee, leaving their tainted fortune behind. Morcerf commits suicide.
Villefort??™s punishment comes slowly and in several stages. Dantes first takes advantage of Madame de Villefort??™s murderous intent, subtly tutoring her in the uses of poison. As Madame de Villefort wreaks her havoc, killing off each member of the household in turn, Dantes plants the seeds for yet another public expose. In court, it is revealed that Villefort is guilty of attempted infanticide, as he tried to bury his illegitimate baby while it was still alive. Believing that everyone he loves is dead and knowing that he will soon have to answer severe criminal charges, Villefort goes insane.
For his revenge on Danglars, Dantes simply plays upon his enemy??™s greed. He opens various false credit accounts with Danglars that cost him vast amounts of money. He also manipulates Danglars??™s unfaithful and dishonest wife, costing Danglars more money, and helps Danglars??™s daughter, Eugenie, run away with her female companion. Finally, when Danglars is nearly broke and about to flee without paying any of his creditors, Dantes has the Italian bandit Luigi Vampa kidnap him and relieve him of his remaining money. Dantes spares Danglars??™s life, but leaves him penniless.
Meanwhile, as these acts of vengeance play out, Dantes also tries to complete one more act of goodness. Dantes wishes to help the brave and honorable Maximilian Morrel, the son of the kind shipowner, so he hatches an elaborate plot to save Maximilian??™s fiancee, Valentine Villefort, from her murderous stepmother, to ensure that the couple will be truly happy forever. Dantes gives Valentine a pill that makes her appear dead and then carries her off to the island of Monte Cristo. For a month Dantes allows Maximilian to believe that Valentine is dead, which causes Maximilian to long for death himself. Dantes then reveals that Valentine is alive. Having known the depths of despair, Maximilian is now able to experience the heights of ecstasy. Dantes too ultimately finds happiness, when he allows himself to fall in love with the adoring and beautiful Haydee.
??? Man vs. himself – Edmond Dantes takes justice into his own hands because he is dismayed by the limitations of society??™s criminal justice system. Societal justice has allowed his enemies to slip through the cracks, going unpunished for the heinous crimes they have committed against him. Moreover, even if his enemies??™ crimes were uncovered, Dantes does not believe that their punishment would be true justice. Though his enemies have caused him years of emotional anguish, the most that they themselves would be forced to suffer would be a few seconds of pain, followed by death. Considering himself an agent of Providence, Dantes aims to carry out divine justice where he feels human justice has failed. He sets out to punish his enemies as he believes they should be punished: by destroying all that is dear to them, just as they have done to him. Yet what Dantes ultimately learns, as he sometimes wreaks havoc in the lives of the innocent as well as the guilty, is that justice carried out by human beings is inherently limited. The limits of such justice lie in the limits of human beings themselves. Lacking God??™s omniscience and omnipotence, human beings are simply not capable of??”or justified in??”carrying out the work of Providence. Dumas??™s final message in this epic work of crime and punishment is that human beings must simply resign themselves to allowing God to reward and punish??”when and how God sees fit.
??? Man vs. man – Dantes??™s enemies betray him out of an envy that arises from just this problem: despite the blessings these men have in their own lives, Dantes??™s relatively superior position sends them into a rage of dissatisfaction. Caderousse exemplifies this psychological deficiency, finding fault in virtually every positive circumstance that life throws his way. Caderousse could easily be a happy man, as he is healthy, clever, and reasonably well off, yet he is unable to view his circumstances in such a way as to feel happy. At the other end of the spectrum are Julie and Emmanuel Herbaut??”they are fully capable of feeling happiness, even in the face of pressing poverty and other hardships. The Dantes of the early chapters, perfectly thrilled with the small happiness that God has granted him, provides another example of the good and easily satisfied man, while the Dantes of later chapters, who has emerged from prison unable to find happiness unless he exacts his complicated revenge, provides an example of the bad and unsatisfiable man.
The most important complications happens at the beginning of the story when Edmond is arrested without any reason and send to prison.
Dantes slowly brings complete devastation upon Caderousse, Fernand, Villefort, and Danglars.
Dantes enables the blissful union of Maximilian Morrel and Val-entine Villefort; Dantes finally opens himself to emotions other than gratitude and vengeance.
At the end the Count of Monte Cristo understands that his life is with the woman he loves, Heydee and leaves with her to be happy.
??? ???Oh, yes, I remember him perfectly, he died last February??? Page 165
??? Formerly there must have been a fireplace in my cell which was doubtless closed up sometime before I came. Page 91
??? My readers will remember that the new or rather old, acquaintances of the Count of Monte Cristo were Maximilian, Julie and Emmanuel. Page 269
??? Well, I selected the cartilages of the heads of these fishes, and you can scarcely imagine the delight with which I welcomed the arrival of each Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, as affording me the means of increasing my stock of pens; for I will freely confess that my historical labors have been my greatest solace and relief. Page 189
??? Now I remember quite well, that on the table round which they were sitting were pens, ink, and paper. Oh, the heartless, treacherous scoundrels!??? exclaimed Dantes, pressing his hand to his throbbing brows. Page 203
??? As he had twenty times touched at Leghorn, he remembered a barber in St. Ferdinand Street; he went there to have his beard and hair cut. Page 261
??? For a moment Dantes was speechless; then he remembered that these caves might have been filled up by some accident, or even stopped up, for the sake of greater security, by Cardinal Spada. Page 270
??? ???And now,??? he exclaimed, remembering the tale of the Arabian fisherman, which Faria had related to him, ???now, open sesame!??? Page 289
??? After dinner Morrel usually went out and used to take his coffee at the Phocaean club, and read the Semaphore. Page 353
??? Twice or thrice during the dance the young girl had glanced at Luigi, and each time she saw that he was pale and that his features were agitated, once even the blade of his knife, half drawn from its sheath, had dazzled her eyes with its sinister glare. Page 312
??? ???I . . . have been taken by Satan into the highest mountain in the earth, and when there he . . . said he to me, ???Child of earth, what wouldst thou have to make thee adore me??™ . . . I replied, ???Listen . . . I wish to be Providence myself, for I feel that the most beautiful, noblest, most sublime thing in the world, is to recompense and punish.??™??? Page 259
??? He felt he had passed beyond the bounds of vengeance, and that he could no longer say, ???God is for and with me.??? Page 484
??? Oh, forgive me! Let me live! Remember that I am your wife! Page 561
??? ???Fernand, you mean, madame,??? returned Monte Cristo with bitter irony. Page 469
??? ???But remember this,??? continued M. d??™Avrigny solemnly and slowly. Page 444
??? ???Very well then??? the Marquise rejoined. Page 43
There two characters throughout this story that excels similar characteristics; Mercedes and Louis Dantes are capable of loving until the last consequences. The each knows that Edmond is not guilty of what he had been accused and furthermore is sure that he has the strength to overcome his destiny. They each lose their faith at the end of the road. Both characters have faith in humanity which is why they become victims.
The obvious difference is between Edmond and Fernand Mondego. While Edmond??™s life is all about family and being faithful; Fernand pots a series of events to send Edmond to prison, or worst yet, to die in order to gain the woman he claims to love.
There are two main characters with whom I felt identified. In first place the character of Edmond, not the Count of Monte Cristo. Edmond loved with all his heart, gave everything for his family and wanted to succeed in life. Never the less life had another destiny for him. The other character has to be Haydee; she loved the Count of Monte Cristo because she saw in him all the goodness. This man took her in when she needed it the most and she was grateful for such a noble action. She was patient until Monte Cristo saw in her all the love they had for each other. Even though there is no question that the motives of revenge were clear, Dumas made love triumph against all odds.
A good ending for this story would have been the reconciliation between Edmond and Mercedes. This possibility would provide a new ending, but under my point of view, the one provided to the reader by Alexandre Dumas is a very complete and coherent one.

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Hrm 531 Dq

Why is the nature of training delivery important to employees??™ overall success

Training delivery is important because the better an employees is trained to do a job, usually equates to that employee being more prepared. Chapter 8 states management is committed to training and development; training is part of the corporate culture. This is especially true of leading companies, such as Disney, Marriott, Hewlett-Packard, and Edward Jones & Co (Cascio, W.F. 2005). These companies annually rank in the top third of Fortune 500, because of quality training.

Provide examples of different delivery methods and their effects. What is the training method in your workplace or one you are familiar with Is it effective

Simulation method is a form of training where people role play and perform interactive simulations for virtual teams. The purpose is to provide employees examples of how to perform the job while allowing positive transfer from training to the job. On the job training is another form of training, it allows the employee to observe and get a clear understanding of the desired skills needed to do the job.

The training at my job is a mix of on the job and software based. The software portion of the training is not very effective. Often employees will skip through the tutorials and not pay attention. On the job training is very effective because the employees can learn from watching their co-workers and ask questions when they have trouble.

Explain improvements and offer suggestions you think will benefit the training program in that workplace.

I would suggest a software on the job combination, where employees could be directed by management how to perform different task and then take a computer test to gauge how much they actually learned and if they require additional training on a given subject.

Casico, W.F. (2005) Managing Human Resources. Chapter 8 Workplace Training. McGraw-Hill.

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Count of Monte Cristo and Othello

William Shakespeare??™s Othello is considered to be one of the four tragedies, amongst Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth. Due to the extraordinarily villainous Iago, Othello is considered to be the most tragic, due to the hopelessness of Othello, and the survival of Iago. Shakespeare wrote this play to illustrate the effects of jealousy on an innocent mind, and to reflect the undermining nature of social prejudice.
Both protagonists led lives typical of their social caste. Edmond Dantes was a poor sailor ??“ naive, hard-working and trusting of his superiors. Religious and loving, he quickly gained the respect of those around him. Only marked by the tempests on the sea, and the grounded love he found on land, Dantes??™ life was simple. Too far removed from the social elite, Dantes kept to his social stratosphere and the road prepared for him. He was expected to live a rather uneventful life, his only concerns his family and occupation. Othello the ???Moor??? was very similar. A foreigner to Venetian society, the African had a different set of values. Honest, trustworthy and simple-minded, Othello commanded his post as General – the obvious fit as, like Dantes, his peers and superiors respected him. Recently eloped, Othello had begun a family, continuing his productive life. Family and work were all that were in store for the Moor. That is, until he promoted a dear friend, Cassio, to a position commonly seen as undeserved; the shift for Dantes came as his ship, the Pharaon, anchored in Marseilles, captainless but maintained.
As soon as Dantes step foot on the island of Elba, his fate was forever changed. Little did know that the life he once had would soon be completely flipped upside down. Upon his return, Dantes expected to wed his beloved Mercedes, but was pleasantly surprised by the promise of a potential promotion to become the captain of the Pharaon. Dantes trusted his employer, a weak spot for the young sailor. As this sliver of hope put stars in his eyes, the fabric of fate twisted ever so slightly against Dantes, proving his promotion a double edged sword. Dumas guides the reader through a tumultuous journey of placing pleasure and disquietude starkly against one another, as he does with Dantes??™ promotion with Danglars??™ jealousy. He also uses this same tactic with Dantes??™ love for Mercedes as well as her cousin Fernand??™s love for her. Dumas painfully dances through chaos, creating nothing but tension for the protagonist. While celebrating his wedding feast, Dantes is also arrested. As opposed to enjoying the life he anticipated, it??™s suddenly shut him out and put him in a cold, damp prison. Similarly, Othello had just married Desdemona, and was enjoying life as a newlywed, hopeful and trusting of the seemingly good world around him. His only mistake was allowing his personal life get in the way of his position as General, thus subjecting himself to the intense jealousy of an old friend, Iago. The shift in his life was Iago??™s scheming with Roderigo, representing the first vengeful theme in the play. This shift brings the naive Moor nothing but pain and suffering, and the unquenchable thirst for retribution.
Only when does Madame Villefort commits suicide and kills her son does he realize he??™s gone too far. He discovers he is not an agent of God, and is a victim of fate. His rebirth of character is similar to the definition of tragedy in Aristotle??™s terms, and is necessary to be a true hero, a questionable debate throughout the book. Othello??™s corruption leads to him losing dear friends Cassio and Iago, stabbing Iago, and smothering his love, Desdemona. Only in his dying moments does he realize the error of his ways and his misplaced trust. As true divine retribution, however, he also witnesses Iago??™s capture by Cassio, and dies in peace knowing his life and Desdemona??™s will be avenged.

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Hrm 531 Career Development Iv

Career Development Plan IV ??“ Compensation
Jeffrey Gaspard
December 15, 2009

Career Development Plan: Compensation
As InterClean??™s moves forward with the merger with EnviroTech (University of Phoenix, 2009, p. 1) management must consider what changes if any will is needed to their current compensation plan. There are several compensation plans companies can choose from but what must be in the minds of executives is what plan will motivate employees to be most productive. Lincoln Financial chooses to take the stance of, pay and promote employees for productivity and only productivity (Casico, 2006). This essay will investigate which compensation plan best suites the continued growth of InterClean??™s in their new direction.
Compensation Plan
With InterClean??™s decision to become a product base organization as opposed to service changes to the current compensation packet may be in order. Outside sales employees will be asked to create business rather than simply sustaining current business opportunities. As a result outside sales will work under a competency-based pay system with the option for financial in the form of commission for meeting long and short-term sales goals. Competency-based pay states that the employer will pay employees based on their skills and knowledge rather than their production (Casico, 2006). Because this is a new endeavor, it seems best that the company choose this direction and consider strictly commission pay only once they can access average sales levels in the future.
Inside sales representatives will serve as support structure for the outside sales to follow up and provide customers with immediate assistance. For that reason, they will be given market-based pay while operating under a nonfinancial reward system (Casico, 2006). Because inside sales does not generate sales consistently, they will receive annual raises but have the opportunity to receive other incentives (concert tickets, gift cards, awards.etc) when the company meets various benchmarks. It is important to reward the inside sales staff as it relates to their performance although there pay is not directly related. The International Journal of Manpower states, ???the use of performance-related pay is positively associated with autonomy of the main occupational group in terms of defining work tasks (Barth, Bratsberg, Haegeland,Raaum, 2008 ).
Both types of employees will have access to all benefits packages. Security benefits and health Benefits such as life insurance, HMO??™s, disability insurance, severance pay, workman??™s compensation, and others are essential to the welfare of employees. The object is not only to provide the essential forms of benefits but also to go above and beyond for employees. Give employees a since that the Company appreciates them enough to care about the things that are important to them. As a result InterClean will offer an option for 401K or profit sharing, employee stock purchase plans, maternal and paternal leaves as well as offer discounts for child dare care through local daycare centers. As noted by the article Flexible Workplace Policies, ???Work-family policies have been evolving in the United States over the past 30 years as a way to attract and retain a highly skilled workforce and to enable workingwomen and men who have family care giving responsibilities to participate fully in the workplace without compromising the well-being of their dependents??? (Liechty, Anderson, 2007, p.304).
Cost and Rewards
Companies are in the business of make money. So the question arises, why provide extensive compensations plans with financial and nonfinancial rewards. The purpose of a rewards package is simple. Provide employees a since of appreciation for what they do every day. Rewards must have three characteristics to be effective, 1) must be something that the employee can use, 2) must be given in a timely manner and 3) must be the result of a specifically spelled out goal (Casico, 2009). Giving tickets to the ballet may not entice people to work more productively. The purpose of any reward system should be to motivate employees to me more productive in a general area. As a result when an employee obtains a goal, they should be rewarded within a short time frame. People in today??™s society crave instant gratification, which can be byproduct of contributed to the growth of the Internet. People have the world at their fingertips with the stroke a just a few keyword searches from sites such as Google and Yahoo. The one concept that is often overlooked though is defining exactly what goals individuals are to strive for. Rewards are meaningless unless employees believe that they are obtainable for all.
InterClean has created a compensation plan that benefits both the company and its employees. The payment structure in place allows outside sales representative to feel secure that while transitioning they will have a base salary with the potential to earn more by reaching sales goals. Although inside sales cannot earn monetary bonuses they will be rewarded financially annually and with non-monetary incentives throughout the course of the year. As a company InterClean has created a model that doesn??™t mandate they overpay individuals for without them producing results. As InterClean changes direction, this will be extremely important in controlling assets. InterClean has made up for the tight compensation package by offering an excellent benefits packages that is headlined by the commitment to family support factors, such as paternal and maternal leaves of absence and daycare discounts. Money can help in many situations but helping provide a stable work-family balance speaks volumes and motivates people and brings about loyalty.

Barth, E., Bratsberg, B., & Haegeland, T., Raaum, O. (2008,? Bradford). Who pay for performance. Internatinal Journal of Manpower, 29(1), 8.
Casicio,W.(2006). Managing human resources: Productivity, quality of life, profits (7th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
Liechty, J. M., & Anderson, E. A. (2007,? July). Flexible work policies: Lessons from the federal alternative work schedule act. Family relations, 56(304), 14.
University of Phoenix. (2009). Scenario: InterClean, INc. Retrieved from University of Phoenix, HRM/531 website.

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Section 1.
Page of contents. page 1.
Explanation of sections. page 2.

Section 2.
Assignment 1.
Activity 2.1 page 3 – 4.
Assignment 2.
Activity 2.2 & 2.3 page 4 & appendix.
Assignment 3.
Activity 3.1 page 4.
Assignment 4.
Activity 4.1 & 4.2 page 5.
Activity 4.3 page 6.
Activity 5.1 page 7.
Assignment 5.
Activity 6.2 page 9.
Assignment 6.
Activity 7.1 page 10 & appendix.
Activity 7.2 page 10 -11.
Assignment 7.
Activity 8.1 page 11 & appendix.
Assignment 8.
Activity 11.1 & 11.2 page 12.
Activity 11.3 page 13.
Assignment 9.
Activity 12.1 page 14.
Activity 12.2 page 14,15,16 – 17.
Assignment 10.
Activity 13.1 page 17.
Activity 13.2 page 18 – 19.
Assignment 11.
Activity 14.1 page19 – 20.
Activity 14.2 page 20.
Activity 14.3 page 21.
Activity 14.3 page 21 – 22.
Assigment 12.
Activity 9.1 page 22 & appendix.

Section 3.
Assignment 13.
Reflective letter to my tutor. page 22 – 23.

Section 4.
Assignment 14.
Personal development plan. Page 24 – 25.

Section 5.
Appendix page 26 – onwards.
Section 1 ??“ In this section of my portfolio I have created a page of contents. Due to the structure of my portfolio this will enable the reader to efficiently search and find any particular pieces of work if required. This section also provides a detailed introduction to each of the sections. In these introductions I will clearly explain the various tasks that I have carried out and their meaning.

Section 2 ??“ This section of my portfolio contains 12 assignments that I have completed over the past few months. Each assignment contains a various amount of activities that also have been completed over the past few months. Within these activities there are a number of tasks that aim to stimulate the mind, at the same time call upon skills to complete the tasks that employees in the world of work may be required to have. With that in mind these assignments can be seen as preparing us as students, and attempting to tool us with the necessary skills needed in future employment. Skills such as:

* Communication.
* Numeracy.
* IT.
* Presentation
* Time management.
* Group working.
* Learning.
* Research & development.
* Career development.

The 12 assignments contain all of the above and are an attempt to educate and tool us with the skills above.

Section 3 ??“ This whole section is a letter from myself to my tutor with my reflective thoughts on my learning over the course of the module. Within my letter I will consider what I have learnt and how I am going to apply it in future. I will write about my past experiences, knowledge & skills that I have learnt over the last few months, and how I plan to implement them in the future.

Section 4 ??“ In this section I will give a realistic and detailed action plan as to how I plan to continue my development over the course of the next few years during my studies. The action plan will contain 5 main goals/objectives that I have set myself, how I plan to achieve them, what resources or support will I need to achieve them, my success criteria for achieving them and my target date for when I hope to achieve them.

Section 5 ??“ This final section of my portfolio is the appendix. This section contains loose evidence of work that is in relation to my 12 assignments. Although they are loose, they are still in the necessary order of assignments and activities. The evidence of work may be any of the following:

* Questionnaires & results.
* Completed activity sheets.
* Oasis printouts.
* General printouts.
* Presentation slides.

All of the above may be included in the final section of my portfolio as evidence of work.

Assignment 1.

Activity 2.1 – Short essay (300 words).

???Discuss the importance of communication in the world of business or your chosen field of study??™.

In the world of business good communication skills are essential. There are various types of communication, all of which play multiple roles in the way we communicate in the business world today. Some forms of communication include:

* Intra-personal
* Interpersonal
* Group
* Mass

Intra-personal skills are extremely important. This is the way we communicate within ourselves (in our head) and can be useful in the world of business if you are required to solve problems in your head. The way we think can affect the way we carry out tasks, so if you have good intra-personal skills then you would be able to carry out tasks more efficiently. This can also apply to my chosen field of study. Having good communication skills in my field of study is just as important as having them in the

both the interviewer and interviewee to both posses these skills. For my chosen field of study this skill can be useful when I am asking questions to a lecturer/tutor. If I posses good interpersonal skills then this will enable me to ask well-structured questions therefore make productive use of the answers I am given.

The use of group communication skills can play a pivotal role in the world of business. This form of communication is within groups of people and is usually used in the business world in the form of quality circles. This form of communicating can be useful to a business it gathers a wide variety of information vast number of individuals within the group. If the individuals have good group communication skills then they would be able to input more ideas into the group, that would therefore make the group more successful. The same factors apply to my chosen field of study. Input from group members would be key to the success of the group.

Mass communication has the same importance as the other forms, especially in the world of business. Large companies, predominantly Plc??™s, use this from of communication to advertise their product(s) to a mass audience. The most common forms of advertising are television, radio, cinemas and newspapers. All of these forms play a fundamental role in advertising businesses products/services, and it is through these forms that businesses make their products/services known to their target audience. Mass communication can be correspondingly used in my chosen field o study. Mass communication could be somebody giving a presentation to a large audience or proving the audience with important information.

In conclusion, it must be said that good communication skills in all forms are vital skills to have in the world of business and in my chosen filed of study.

Assignment 2.

Activity 2.2 – On-line numeracy test.


Activity 2.3 – On-line IT test.


Assignment 3.

Activity 3.1 – Email to tutor.

Dear Sir,

My name is Victor Benson and I have recently enrolled at Middlesex University. I have enrolled to the BA Business Studies course, which is a 4-year sandwich degree. The workshop I am attending is on Wednesday??™s at 2pm.

Yours respectfully,

Victor Benson.

Assignment 4.

Activities 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 & 5.1 – Effective communication activities.

Activity 4.1 – Reflection on findings.

In order for me to complete this activity it was required of me to complete the questionnaires provided in the module handbook. On the completion of all the questionnaires I have come to certain conclusions regarding my interpersonal skills. Judging by my findings from the two questionnaires I feel that I am a very good listener, as the ???inventory listening scale??™ suggests. This is suggested because I scored 20 on the scale of the 1st questionnaire. I scored 5 out of 7 on the scale of the 2nd questionnaire, which also suggests that I am a good listener. Although my test scores were ???high??™ they were not perfect. This means that there is room for improvement. I feel that there are certain weaknesses in my listening ability and I may be lacking in some areas, such as the following:

* ???I sometimes find myself understanding what has been said, but not understanding the meaning??™.

* ???I find it hard to concentrate on what the speaker is saying because of external distractions, such noise??™.

* ???I sometimes find myself preparing my response before the speaker has finished??™.

Despite those weaknesses I also have many strengths. I consider myself to be an ???active listener??™. I think this because I am always prepared to listen, I am motivated to listen and I am non-judgemental of whom I am speaking to. I feel that now I am aware of those weak areas it will allow me improve upon them in the future and hopefully make me a better listener.

Activity 4.2 – Receiving feedback.

The last time I received feedback was on a formal occasion in September ??™04. it was during my appraisal at work with my Assistant Store Manager (ASM) of the store I work in, Next Retail. He made comments referring to my performance in the store and my work effort. He felt that I was working really hard and exceeding the requirements of my job. Although he felt my work effort could even be increased further I was still given a promotion. In response to this I promised to double my efforts in future to show appreciation for my promotion. At the time I continuously thought of ways I could improve and I feel that since then I have made steady progress in improving.

However, I could have made the best of the feedback if I had found other resources, such as my ASM, to help me through my improvements. This experience tells me that receiving feedback or constructive criticism should not be taken negatively, it should be taken positively because it advise that could help to improve and better yourself.

Activity 4.3 – Giving feedback.

The last time I gave feedback to somebody was in October ??™04. It was to a friend of mine studying A.V.C.E. Business Studies who came to me to seek my opinion on his coursework. I said to him that his work was of a good standard and was very promising, but was lacking in a few areas. I advised him to try and add more depth to his work by giving more detail to his explanations in some areas. At first he was upset that I thought his work was lacking, but then he felt better after I gave him encouragement in explaining how he could build on his strengths.

My feedback could have been better and had more of an impact if I had been more descriptive and specific when explaining what aspects of his work was good and promising. If I had done this it may have built up more encouragement and could have resulted in a better outcome. This experience has shown me that giving feedback can be very useful because it outlines to the recipient areas of their work or performance that may need improving, which they may not have realised, and help them to build upon these areas in search for a better result.

Activity 5.1 – Using mind mapping techniques.

Employee??™s bonus pay is less than their basic wage.
Employee??™s bonus pay is less than their basic wage.
HRM lecture notes.

Regressive Pay
Regressive Pay

Employee??™s bonus pay is more than their basic wage.
Employee??™s bonus pay is more than their basic wage.

Employee??™s bonus pay is the same as their basic wage.
Employee??™s bonus pay is the same as their basic wage.
Progressive Pay
Progressive Pay

Employees may not wish to be flexible and switch dept. because they may find bonus easier to earn on their dept. due to loose times.
Employees may not wish to be flexible and switch dept. because they may find bonus easier to earn on their dept. due to loose times.
Proportional Pay
Proportional Pay

The time set for the job is accurate and the job should be done on time.
The time set for the job is accurate and the job should be done on time.

Payment By
Employees may not wish to safety equip. because they may feel they can work faster without it.
Employees may not wish to safety equip. because they may feel they can work faster without it.
The time set for the job is tight (too fast), so the employees do not complete the job on time.
The time set for the job is tight (too fast), so the employees do not complete the job on time.
Tight Time
Tight Time
The time set for the job is slow, so employees can do the job quicker than expected.
The time set for the job is slow, so employees can do the job quicker than expected.
Loose Time
Loose Time
Accurate Time
Accurate Time
Health and Safety
Health and Safety
The quality of goods may not be up to standard because employees may rush to finish quicker so they can achieve bonus.
The quality of goods may not be up to standard because employees may rush to finish quicker so they can achieve bonus.
Quality of Production
Quality of Production
Labour Flexibility
Labour Flexibility

For this activity I was asked to put into practice a ???mind mapping??™ technique for my note taking, which I did in my HRM 1500 lecture. I feel that this technique was very helpful because it allowed me to take note of key points and concepts more accurately, also more clearly. The ???branches??™ of the diagram make it easy to distinguish what headings go with each subheading; also the colour co-ordination makes them easier to link together.

However, I feel that the space I have to write in is limited and I may be able to take more notes writing normally. I also don??™t believe that I made full use of the space on the page. If I decide to use this technique again in future I will try to work on the way in which I use the space on the page in order to get the full use of the note taking method.

Assignment 5.

Activity 6.2 – Using numbers confidently.

???Making meaningful conclusions from data presented in a table??™.

I do not think that the company are guilty of sex discrimination. The table shows that there were more successful female applicants than male (100 female, 53 male). Judging by the figures it looks like more female applicants were successful than compared to male, but it is difficult to reach a sensible conclusion only by using the total figures. The number of jobs applied for and the number of male & female applicants for each job, including the amount of males and females that were appointed for each job, all must be taken into consideration in order to reach a conceivable conclusion.

The percentage of successfully appointed male applicants is 10.8, and the percentage of successfully appointed female applicants is 11.8. Judging by the percentage results of the total number of male & female applicants appointed it seems that company are not guilty of sex discrimination. This is because there is a higher percentage of female??™s appointed and these results support the company??™s argument.

The percentage of males & females appointed for each job (job A, B & C) are as follows:

Job Type | Male | Female |
Job A | 20.7 % | 17.9% |
Job B | 10.2% | 8.4% |
Job C | 5.3% | 3.2% |

Judging by percentage results for each job, it seems as if the company are guilty of sex discrimination because the percentage of male??™s appointed for each job is higher than that of the women. These results support the union??™s argument by suggesting that the company are guilty of sex discrimination.

It seems like my answers for paragraph 2 & 3 contradict and disagree with each other. This is to do with the number of applicants for each job. For Job A, although there were a higher percentage of male applicants, there were a higher number of female applicants and females appointed. Due to the large gap between females applied and appointed (458 – 82) this drove their percentage down compared to the males. For Job B there was a higher number of male applicants and appointed than women, and the males managed to keep a higher percentage because the gap between the number of applicants & appointed (187 – 19) was not that much compared to the females in Job A. For Job C there was a higher amount of female applicants than male but less were appointed. This shows that the success rate for Job C is different to that of Job A & B. Since the success rate for Job C was different to that of Job A & B, the union may have an argument for sex discrimination. This is because there were more female applicants but fewer females were appointed to the job.

Due to the fluctuation in the number of males & females applied & appointed, there were arguments for both the union & company over who was right or wrong.

Assignment 6.

Activity 7.1 – Online library test.


Activity 7.2 – Short essay (800 words).

???Discuss whether whistle-blowing has a place in 21st century society??™.

For me to complete this activity I was asked to undertake extensive research into the term known as ???whistle-blowing??™, and then discuss whether it has a place in the 21st century. By the end of my essay I hope to have fully accomplished the following tasks:

* Explained the term ???whistle-blowing??™.
* Discussed various aspects of ???whistle-blowing??™.
* Explained an example of ???whistle-blowing??™.
* Stated the advantages & disadvantages of ???whistle-blowing??™.
* Given my view of ???whistle-blowing??™.
* Listed my sources of information.

???Whistle-blowing is when somebody tells their employer, customers, regulator, police or possibly the media about an illegal or dangerous activity that they may have witnessed, or are aware of at their place of work. ???Whistle-blowing??™ may well inform certain people about various problems that they may need to know about. Problems such as a health & safety risk, environmental problems, fraud, corruption cover-ups and a variety other issues that may need to be brought to the immediate attention of someone. In the aftermath of ???whistle-blowing??™ there may be good or bad outcomes.

In today??™s world there are many circumstance where whistle-blowing??™ goes unreported or unnoticed. There are organisations where individuals can go to for assistance in the process of ???blowing the whistle??™. One of the organisations that individuals can go to if they need to ???blow the whistle??™ is Public Concern at Work (PCaW). This organisation provides individuals with a free help line where they are given advise on how to ???blow the whistle??™. Many individuals before ???blowing the whistle??™ are concerned about their well-being and the risk of losing their job. With the aid of an organisation like PCaW, individuals are given step-by-step guidance of the correct procedure to follow when ???blowing the whistle??™. In many circumstances successful ???whistle-blowing??™, if the correct procedure is followed, goes unreported and unheard of. Today almost all of the workers in the UK have legal protection. They are protected by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA). This act provides workers in the UK with a safe alternative to silence. The PIDA enables individuals to raise concerns about wrongdoing or misconduct that they may be aware of.

There are many examples of ???whistle-blowing??™, where individuals or groups of people have courageously ???blown the whistle??™ publicly. Tony Collins, a Computer Weekly Chief Executive, ???blew the whistle??™ regarding the escalating cost of the new air traffic control system. The system had exceeded its budget by ?80 million, there were still 1200 bugs in its system and the system was already six years late. This is just one example of the type of ???whistle-blowing??™ activities that arise in today??™s world, either publicly or privately.

There may be various advantages or even disadvantages to ???whistle-blowing??™. One of the main advantages could be personal gratification. The individual who ???blew the whistle??™ may have personal gratification due to the simple fact that they have done the ???right thing??™. If the individual who has discovered wrongdoing ???blows the whistle??™ then they may be protecting the interests of innocent individuals (customers), who may be being cheated out of their money for example. So by ???blowing the whistle??™ they could be putting an end to corruption, fraud and any sort of misconduct. Most of the advantages of ???whistle-blowing??™ are mainly either to do with the morals of us as individuals or simply doing the ???right thing??™.

However, doing the ???right thing??™ may not always be as ???rewarding??™ as it seems. In many circumstances individuals who have ???blown the whistle??™ have been bullied out of their jobs as a result. Although employees are protected by the PIDA, some individuals claim that there are too many ???get out??™ clauses for companies who stand accused due to ???whistle-blowing??™. If employees are not bullied out of their job then they may face bullying at work because they are seen as a ???grass??™. Many individual may even receive threats, whether it??™s on a small scale or even on their life. No matter what the disadvantages of ???whistle-blowing??™ are or how serious they may be; the disadvantages are still off putting to individuals who are contemplating ???blowing the whistle??™.

In my opinion I think that ???whistle-blowing??™ does have a place in the 21st century. In the world we live in today there is growing technology available to everyone. This may make it easier to hide corruption, fraud or any other forms of misconduct. Due to this innocent people may be at risk of being exposed to this injustice. People may be at a health & safety risk that could endanger their lives, or at risk financially. It is because of this risk that the corruption, etc must be stopped. ???Whistle-blowing??™ is one of the key ways in which some of this corruption, etc may be brought to an end. Due to the ease that corruption can be hidden, because of technology, if it is witnessed then in my opinion the ???whistle??™ must be ???blown??™ immediately before it is too late. It is my personal view that ???whistle-blowing??™ will always have a place in the 21st century, and for as long as it is needed.

For me to complete this task I had to draw upon various sources of information. Below I have listed all of the sources of information I used to complete my Essay.

Assignment 7.

Activity 8.1 – Programme planning.


Assignment 8.

Activities 11.1, 11.2 & 11.3 – Managing your time.

Activity 11.1 – Knowing how to spend your time.

Appendix (timesheet & results).

For the two weeks I was filling in my timesheet I tried to plan my activities as much as I could. This was an attempt to increase my productivity, efficiency, work effort and my organisational skills as a whole. I feel that my planning was quite accurate and well balanced, as I allowed sufficient time for all of my daily activities, especially my studies (library time). Most of my tasks were completed in the time allocated but not all. Some disruptions were often diverting me from my activities and were the core reason I was not able to complete some of my tasks and keep to my planned schedule. Despite some disruptions I was able to complete most of my work mainly during the week, usually between the hours of 12pm – 7pm. Most of my work was completed during the week between these hours because this is the time I am usually at university and have the least distractions, which is why I an accomplish more.

I do not feel that I waste time but I am aware that on occasions I can be distracted by external factors, such as other people??™s influences. In future I need to be more assertive in turning away people who distract me in order for me to complete more tasks on time and reduce the amount of distractions I have, and I believe the timesheet will help me to accomplish this.

Activity 11.2 – Prioritising events and tasks.

Appendix (table 11.1 – events and tasks).

In order for me to determine what tasks had priority over others I had to consider what tasks were urgent, important, the time it was due and how long I had to complete it, and what tasks were neither urgent nor important. After careful consideration of all the above factors I then placed all tasks in order of priority. Each task had certain categories, which were in specific order. The order was as follows:

* Urgent and important.
* Urgent but not important.
* Important but not urgent.
* Neither urgent nor important.

After placing each task in the order of above categories it was easier to distinguish what had priority over what.

This activity was helpful in determining what tasks have main priority and the theory can be applied to my real life tasks and assignments and may be useful/helpful when it comes to me prioritising my own tasks and activities.

Activity 11.3 – Type A & B lifestyle questionnaire.

Appendix (type A & B lifestyle questionnaire and results)

The questionnaire scale has a midpoint of 100. The higher you score the closer you are to a type A person, the lower you score the closer you are to a type B person. According to the questionnaire I am a type A person because I scored 119 points on the scale. When examining the features of a type A & B person I found that even though I was categorised as a type A, I also have many type B features. Also, even though I was in the type A category I was not compatible with all of its features, e.g. – aggressive.

There are many ways in which I could manage stress better. In order for me not to be stressed it would be a good idea for me to set realistic targets for myself that I know I can complete. I need to make sure I organise time for myself to relax, exercise, rat well and get enough sleep. It is important that I have a good balance between my studies and my time to myself so I do not become stressed.

If I do become stressed it is important that I recognise the symptoms early in order for me to tackle the problems. These problems could be:

* Physical
* Behavioural
* Work

The best solution to my stress would be to talk to someone about it and also to break down big problems into smaller pieces that are more manageable and less stressful.

I feel that now I know the main causes and symptoms of stress I will be able to cope with it better in the future and eliminate them quicker and easier.

Assignment 9.

Activities 12.1 & 12.2 – Learning Strategies.

Activity 12.1 – ???Are you predominantly a deep or surface learner??™.

For this activity I was asked to identify which type of learning typified me. After studying the table and distinguishing the features of both a deep and surface learner, I can say that I am a deep learner. I can say this because most, if not all, of the points in the deep learner column (table 12.1) refer to the way I learn.

By looking at the definition of a surface learner it is clear for me to see that it is not the way I learn. It seems that the surface learner tends to go for the lazy approach and likes to copy work word for word without really gaining any real knowledge. Word for word notes may also even be reproduced in exams or essays. This often results in low quality work being produced due to the lack of understanding of the subject. Most of the attributes associated with being a surface learner do not apply to me. Attributes such as ???fears being tested??™.

After studying the meaning of the deep learner I have been compelled to believe that this is the type of learning that typifies me. The deep learner gain knowledge of the topic they study by reading a wide variety of materials. They do this to gain a greater insight of the subject or topic that they study. By doing this they are able to make understandable links between what they study in order to produce a greater outcome. Being the surface learner that I am I do not fear being tested. For e.g. in examinations. I am the opposite because I tend to recollect information fairly easy because of the type of learner I am.

Activity 12.2 – ???Identifying your learning style preferences??™.

Appendix (questionnaire & results)


I scored the lowest in the activist field and judging by its attributes it is the learning style that defines me the least. According to its strengths and weaknesses the activist likes taking risks and using gut reactions, also they are unorganised and set no goals. All of those attributes do not apply to me, which is why I scored the least on this particular learning style. Although there were few factors that applied to me, there were at least two that slightly applied to me:

* ???Constantly involved with others??™.
* ???Gets new ideas from others??™.

Reflector. *

This is the learning style I score the highest on and looking at its strengths and weaknesses it is clear to see that it is the learning style that suite me the most. All of its strengths apply to me and the way in which I learn. There are certain strengths I have picked out from table 12.1 that best describe how I learn.

Strengths such as:

* ???Seeking alternatives to create options??™.
* ???Watches to see how others cope??™.

There are certain weaknesses that also apply to me. These weaknesses are:

* ???Waits too long before acting??™.

The learning style accurately describes me as someone who learns best when:

* ???I am allowed to think before acting??™.
* ???Given time to prepare & read in advance??™.


I scored the 2nd least when it came to the theorist learning style. Judging by the features this style does not refer to me, also some of the strengths and a particular weakness apply to me.

The strengths that applies to me are as follows:

* ???Is well organised??™.
* Works well independently??™.

The particular weakness that best describes me is:

* ???Gets too bagged down in theory??™.

Apart from those few features there no others that apply to me.


I scored the 2nd highest in the pragmatist style. Most of the features apply to me and few do not.

The features that best define me are:

* ???Evaluates options??™.
* ???Sets goals and acts to meet them??™.
* ???Works well independently??™.

The weaknesses that best describe me are:

* ???Likes to do task independently??™.
* ???Does not use other people affectively??™.

The learning style best describes me as someone who learns best when:

* There is an obvious link between the subject matter and a problem or opportunity??™.

Reflection on my learning style.

I was asked to complete a questionnaire of 80 questions, which was going to help me distinguish which learning style best describes me. On the completion of the questionnaire I was put in the reflector category of learning. Judging by the features of the reflector style it is the one that best suits me. It has many strengths & weaknesses that are similar to my own.

Strengths such as:

* ???Seeks alternatives to create options??™.
* ???Can wait for the best timing??™.

Weaknesses such as:

* ???Has many ideas but no action??™.

Now when I look back at the experience of discovering what sort of learning style applies to me, I think to myself the ease at which I came to my conclusion. It was clear to see just by reading a few lines of the reflectors definition that it was the style that fitted me the most. I prefer to relax and watch other people??™s actions before reaching conclusions of my own, just like the reflector does. Along with that and all the other attributes of the reflector that are applicable to me, it is clear for me to see that the reflector is my correct learning style. As a result of this experience it is almost certain that in future when I am learning I will continuously be drawing comparisons between the reflector style of learning and myself.

Action plan.


How I am | How I want to be | How I can achieve this |
One of the main reasons I am so dissimilar to an activist is that I do not posses one of the activist??™s key strengths. I am not a ???risk taker??™ and do not make risky decisions as a result. I tend to rely more on facts and less on gut reactions. | I would like to be more like an activist when it comes to taking risks. It may be beneficial on some occasions to not ???play it safe??™, but instead take a chance or use my instincts. This may result in better outcomes for the future. | I can become more of a risk taker by being less conservative in some circumstances. At time I should be less textbook and be more adventurous when it comes to decision-making. If I do this I will be more of a risk taking activist. |


How I am | How I want to be | How I can achieve this |
One of the weaknesses I have that stop me from being more of a theorist is the fat that I do not gather all the facts that are necessary in some situations. I react to situations only with the facts that I have instead of gathering more facts that may be useful. | I think I would become more of a theorist if I learned to gather facts more efficiently. I want to have all the possible facts available before I respond or react in any circumstance or situation. | I can achieve this by being more patient when it comes to collecting facts. If I am more patient then I should be able to collect all the necessary facts that I need before applying them to my situation. |

Assignment 10.

Activity 13.1 – Belbin??™s team role questionnaire.

Appendix (questionnaire & results).

In order to complete this activity I needed to fill in all 7 sections of Belbin??™s team role questionnaire. Prior to this I was required to read a variety of team role descriptions, which were the roles that individuals may play when they are members of a group. These roles were as follows:

* Implementer.
* Co-ordinator.
* Shaper.
* Plant.
* Resources Investigator.
* Monitor Evaluator.
* Completer Finisher.
* Specialist.

Each description gave in detail the characteristics that team member??™s posses. I was then asked to predict which two roles I consider myself to play in a group. I predicted myself to be the ???Shaper??™ and the ???Plant??™.

Each section of the questionnaire had 9 questions, and my actual two roles would depend specifically on my answer to each question. I then total up my scores and cross-referenced it with an analysis sheet to find out my actual two roles. My highest two scores were the ???Shaper??™ and the ???Plant??™, so according to the analysis sheet my predictions were correct. I do believe that these are my two roles because they??™re characteristics and my own are one in the same.

In future when I am engaging in-group activity I will constantly be considering my actions and comparing them to the ???Shaper??™ & ???Plant??™ to see if we are truly the same.
Activity 13.2 – ???Two crude measures of how assertive you are??™.

Appendix (questionnaire and results).

For me to carry out this activity I was required to complete two questionnaires. These questionnaires were specifically designed to roughly distinguish how assertive I am.

For the 1st questionnaire I was asked 11 questions. I had the choice to answer either sometimes, yes or never to each question. Depending on how I answered these questions would help to clarify how assertive I am. I answered ???sometimes??™ to 6 of the questions and ???no??™ to 5 of them; I did not answer ???yes??™ to any of the questions. After reading the review of the activity it was said that if I had answered ???yes??™ to 3 or more of the questions then it would seem that I need to be more assertive in my actions. The fact that I didn??™t answer yes to any of the questions should clearly show that I am a fairly assertive person. The review also said that if I answered ???never??™ to the majority of my questions then it would seem that I was an over assertive person. The fact that I have answered more questions as ???sometimes??™ as oppose to ???never??™ should show that I am an assertive person, but not over assertive.

For the 2nd questionnaire I was asked 39 questions. I had the choice to answer either yes or no for each question. Once again depending on how I answered the questions would help clarify how assertive I am. Out of the 39 questions I answered 27 of them ???yes??™ and 12 of them ???no??™. It was only on the last question that I realised the result. The last question stated ???the more questions I answer yes, the more assertive I am??™. Due to the fact that I answered the majority of the questions as ???yes??™ clearly shows me to be an assertive person.

Looking back at completing the questionnaires I can safely say that I had reached my own conclusions of how assertive I am before knowing the results. Before starting the questionnaires I already considered myself to be an assertive person, but on the completion of the questionnaires they only re-enforced what I had already presumed to be true. Some of the questions that were asked in both questionnaires could be linked to my real life experiences. Questions such as:

* ???If someone who has borrowed money from you does not pay you back, would you remind them??™

* If someone kept kicking the back of your seat in the cinema, would you ask them to stop??™

* In a restaurant, if you order a medium steak and it??™s too rare would you sent it back to be re-cooked??™

In future if these particular circumstances arise again, I will automatically think of this activity and instantly reflect on how assertive I am in dealing with the situation.

Action plan.

How assertive I am | How assertive I want to be | How I can achieve this |
Before completing this activity I already considered myself to be relatively assertive. On the completion of the activity, including the questionnaires, I still regard myself to be relatively assertive in most situations. | In future I would like to be slightly more assertive in a few situations, one of which has been mentioned in the 2nd questionnaire. For e.g. ???when a friend has betrayed my confidence, do you tell them how you feel??™, I said ???no??™ but would like to become assertive enough to say ???yes??™ in the future. | I can achieve this by simply being more able to express my feelings freely with slightly less concern of how the recipitant may react. If I am able to do that then I will be on the right path to being slightly more assertive. |

Assignment 11.

Activities 14.1, 14.2, 14.3 & 14.4 – Career development activities.

Activity 14.1 – ???Matching your skills, interests and motivations with graduate careers??™.

Before using Prospects planner I already I already had faint ideas about the types of careers I wanted to be employed in after university. I mainly wanted to have a career in direct relation with the course I am studying at university. I wanted this because then I would be a relatively experienced employee; therefore I would not need much training because I would have been studying the line of work for 3 years prior, also with 1 year work experience.

At this moment in time, I feel mostly interested by the jobs in the marketing, advertising and PR category. Not only were these jobs my best matches, but they are also the type of jobs I planned to be associated with in the future. Under these job categories the following jobs were named as potential matches for me:

* Advertising account executive.
* Advertising account planner.
* Market research executive*.
* Media planner.
* Public affairs consultant (lobbyist).
* Public relations account executive.

The job I have highlighted is the one I feel matched with the most. The market Executive position is a job that I take a lot of interest in and have always thought to be a good and prosperous job.

The most important thing I think I have learned from Prospects Planner is the amount of interest I take in certain skills, and how motivated I am by different factors of work. Also I learned a great deal about the type of link that can be made between certain skills and particular jobs i.e. the sills needed or required to qualify for particular jobs. After venturing on the Prospect Planner I have discovered in more detail the type of career I want to enter after university.

Before logging onto the Prospect Planner I was unaware of the wide range of career opportunities that link to my subject. After visiting Prospect Planner, it has been made clearer to me the vast choices of careers that I may be able to link to my BA Business Studies course.

I found it quite surprising that Prospect Planner was accurate in linking me with one of my favourite business modules (Marketing), but then was so inaccurate by not linking me with one of my other favourite business areas (Human Resources). I found it hard to decipher how I was linked with one but not the other, despite having common interests in both of them.

In the future I may call upon the aid of Prospect Planner when it comes to deciding on my work placement in year 3. I am hopeful that the planner will assist me with my choice and help me to make a well thought out choice that will be beneficial to my chosen career and myself.

Activity 14.2 – ???Career area and degree subjects??™.

To complete this activity I was asked to read a report on the subject Business Studies, and then comment on my conclusions of the report. The report was well structured and was filled with useful information. It could be very helpful in providing assistance to students, in any year of their study, as to what sort of employment they wish to enter when they have finished university.

The report listed a wide variety of skills that are gained on the Business Studies degree, and these are the skills that may be attractive to employees. Because employees could be attracted to these particular skills, this would give the business studies students a distinct advantage when they are attending interviews. Another distinct advantage that the Business Studies students will have is that fact that they may have had 1 year??™s experience of working, which may enable them to demonstrate more skills.

The report then listed a range of jobs where the business degree may be useful. These jobs varied from a Charted Accountant to a Sales Executive. It was very useful of the report to list these job titles because many students still do not know where degree could lead them after they graduate, and the report could be used as a guidance tool.

Key figures and postgraduate information was included in the report. It gave percentage figures of the various types of industries that graduates tend to enter after university. The report was useful in mentioning the main postgraduate course, Masters in Business Administration (MBA), which may lead to a prosperous career development.

Activity 14.3 – ???Graduate career analysis??™.

Job title – Marketing assistant (consumer products).

The Marketing Assistant role seems like a very well established position. It seems to me that graduates entering this position from university will gain great experience due to the fact that they are involved in a wide variety tasks. Judging by tasks being carried out, the assistants will need to be well organised and good at working under pressure. The skills gained from the job are very valuable. Due to the diversity of the work the assistant will be able to build up a ???broad??™ portfolio.

If I were serious about getting into this line of work when I graduate, I would select modules specifically linked with marketing to increase my chances of success. I would select modules such as the following:

* Marketing research.
* International & Global marketing.
* Consumer brand marketing.

By selecting these types of modules I would stand a greater chance of being employed in the position of Marketing assistant when I graduate.

Marketing Assistants are required to be enthusiastic about their job. They may also be required to work long and flexible hours, being geographically flexible if required, and must be prepared to work to tight deadlines. Judging by my personal ability I feel I could handle the pressures of being in this role. I have the necessary skills that are required for the position, skills that can only mature over the next few years. I am a motivated worker who is always eager to impress, and I have the right personality to work among other employees or in a group if necessary. Judging by the information of the position I am optimistic about having a future the position.

Activity 14.4 – ???Identifying your skills.??™

Enquiry and research skills

Sometimes my researching skills can be quite limited to say the least. At times I find it hard to search for sources of information in particular circumstances, I think this has to do with me not capitalising on the amount of resources and research tools that I have around me. To improve this I feel I may have to use a wider variety of resources and research tools when researching information. I should also make full use of these resources by using them to the best of my ability.

Ability to solve problems

May ability to solve problems eludes me at times. Sometimes I become stuck on a problem for far too long, and time may be wasted on that problem when time could have been used elsewhere on another problem. I think my problem-solving situation has to do with a loss of concentration at times, which leads to time wasting. To make full use of my problem solving ability I think I should try and concentrate harder on a problem, and I should aim to increase my concentration span.

Imagination and creativity

When it comes to being imaginative and creative, my skills can be quite restricted. I think this has to do with a mental block I sometimes get when I am asked to be creative about something. To improve this skill I feel that I need to take more chances when it comes to being imaginative or creative. I should worry less about other people??™s opinions, and worry more about the task at hand.


This is the skill I feel I need to improve the least. Although I am relatively good at maths I feel that I am quite rusty when it comes to certain aspects of accounting. To improve this I think I should attempt to spend more time on accounting and enhance my financial skills.

Specialist subject knowledge

At the moment I do not think that I have special knowledge of a certain aspect of Business studies. My insight to Business Studies is rather broad and I have equal knowledge of the different aspects within it. In order for me to specialise in a particular aspect (e.g. Marketing), I would need to read more heavily on this aspect compared to other aspects and this should hopefully increase my perception of the specialised area.

Assignment 12

Activity 9.1 – Group presentation.

Appendix (slides from presentation).


Assignment 13

Reflective letter to my tutor (700 words).

Dear Yacine Belghitar,

Since starting the MBS 1111 module in September, I have developed a wide variety of knowledge and skills. The skills I have developed are of vital importance to me, as they are the necessary skills that will be required in my future employment. To develop these skills I had to complete all of the assignments in the MBS 1111 handbook over the past few months. Each assignment required different types skills to complete them, and on the completion of each assignment I was able to gain new skills. As I completed the assignments I was able to not only acquire new skills, but also to enhance the skills that I already possessed. I already mentioned all of the skills in section one of my portfolio and noted that they are of the highest importance.

There were two main skills that I was lacking capability in before completing the assignments in my portfolio. Skills such as my learning ability, and my research & development ability. It was assignment 9, which contained activities 12.1 & 12.2 that improved upon my learning skills. This assignment helped me to discover what type of learner I was (deep learner). With this knowledge of what type of learner I was, it helped me to slightly change the way I learn in order to live up to the expectations of a ???deep learner??™. To do this I read more in depth and gave extra thought to the work I was doing. This increased my productivity and general workload as a whole. Soon after completing that assignment it enabled me to increase my efficiency and add more depth to my work, as I was giving it more thought. This can help me in the future because I will always be required to learn new things, whether it is in education or employment. So when I am learning in future, if I continue to implement my new learning technique I hope to be further productive and efficient.

The other skill that needed major improvement was my research & development ability. The assignment that particularly helped me with this was assignment 6, activity 7.2, which was the ???whistle-blowing??™ essay. I was required to call upon a wide variety of sources to inform me about the term ???whistle-blowing??™ and if it has a place in the 21st century. If my essay were going to be successful I would have to go through extensive research to educate me of the term ???whistle-blowing??™. On the completion of my essay my research & development skills seemed to have improved as a result, as I was able to gather a variety of good sources to place in bibliography. In future when I am researching I will be sure to gather as many sources of information as possible to give myself more knowledge. This will help me in future education when I am undertaking coursework or essays. It will also be beneficial to my future employment if I am in a position where extensive research is required.

All of the other skills I posses, have enhanced or have acquired are just as important as each other. The assignment that was most important to me was the career development activities. Before completing these activities I was unsure of the employment I was likely to enter after education, also the type of jobs that were linked to my degree specifically. On the completion of the activities I was enlightened of the employment opportunities that are available to me after education. I now know the type of employment that I want to enter after education (market research). All of the assignment activities were of help to me one way or another, and I am very grateful that I was given the chance to complete them and better myself as a result. I can only hope that I am successful in implementing my enhanced skills in the future, and that they play a major role in my successful educational future and chosen employment.

Yours Respectfully,

Victor U. Benson.


SECTION 4 Assignment 14 Personal development plan.

1. Pass my two examinations and one piece of coursework at the end of January (short-term). | * To achieve this goal I must make sure that I give sufficient time to my studies and revision in particularly. My studies will include the completion of my coursework and revision will include a full review of all my lecture notes and activity notes. | I posses most of the necessary resources needed to accomplish my goal. I need only to refer to my, look over activities as revision and apply myself. I may wish to call upon extra support to guide me through my revision. This support will most likely be my fellow students studying the same module as me. | * I have very harsh success criteria. The way I look at it is if I do not pass both of my exams and pass my coursework then I will feel as if I have failed myself. I will feel as if I could have done more to accomplish my goal. My target date is the end of January ???05 when the results are released. |
* 2. Pass all of my examinations and coursework in the summer (medium-term). * * * * | I will need to do almost completely the same thing as before. Keep on studying hard, take efficient lecture notes, research in depth for my coursework, and revise hard & effectively before my exams. | * I am likely to all upon the same resources and support as before. I may wish to use extra support in the form of revision lasses lead by lecturers. This would be because of the extra examinations I will have, so the extra support will be of good use. | * I will once again base my success upon the same criteria. If I do not pass all of my modules then I shall class this failure and will be bitterly disappointed with myself. My target date is the summer ???05 when exam results are released. |
* 3. To be successful in my application of a work placement in year 3 (long-term). * * * * | I can achieve this by researching possible placements at the appropriate time, beginning of year 2, or maybe even prior to that. The more placements I research, the greater my chances of success will be. | One of the resources that I will call upon will be Prospects Planner. I will use this to match myself with employment roles that will link with the subject that I am studying, and also with my skills and motivations. If I am accurate in doing this then I will hopefully be employed in my first choice placement. | * I will base my success the type of employment placement I enter, if the placement was one of my higher ranked choices, and if the pay is of a good standard. My target date is the beginning of September ??™06 when my placement should commence. |
* 4. To be successful in my final year of university and in the study of my master??™s qualification in marketing research (long-term). * * * * | To achieve this I need to be consistent and constant in my studies. Also to produce coursework that is of a high standard also with relatively high exam results, which lead to me receiving a 1st or 2.1 degree. | I will need all the resources that I can call upon to achieve this. If I am to be successful I cannot afford to waste or take any resources in my possession for granted. Resources such as the university library, lecturers, all of my available textbooks. | I will base my success upon the type of degree I get. I will class myself as very successful if I obtain a 1st or 2.1 degree. If I obtain a 2.2 then I will be moderately satisfied. I do not wish to obtain anything less than a 2.2. I will also class myself as highly successful if I pass my masters qualification. I hope to achieve my degree in the summer of ??™08, and I hope to achieve my masters before the summer of ??™09. |
* 5. To be employed by a business in a marketing position, hopefully by my placement company (long-term). * * * * | * To stand an excellent chance of achieving this I will need to secure a good degree, 1st, 2.1 or 2.2, and my master??™s qualification in marketing research. This would be the gateway to a successful employment career. | To enter into employment I may need to call upon resource such as employment agencies. This would be a line of action I would undertake if my placement company do not employ me. | Once again I will base my success upon the type of employment I am in, and if it is my choice of employment as oppose to something I ended up with. My target date to be employed in the position of market researcher no later than September ??™09. |



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Hrm 350

Why is consistency in all HR functions important across multinational organizations There are many functions that HR performs and each of them is important and need to be consistent. The first function that comes to mind that the HR department performs and that is the hiring of any workers. They perform any interviews, know what the company is looking for in an employee, create the rules and guideline or the job description, give any tests or assessments that are required or needed and other such tasks. The second function that is important and that is the down sizing of the company or organization and they also determine which employees are important to a company and those that are less of importance, perform the firing and also know the rules and regulations for this particular task. The third function could be training; HR is responsible for every aspect of making sure that an employee knows the job that they are supposed to be doing. The fourth function that is of importance that they perform is safety related things such as training, making certain any rules and regulations are followed, keeping up with any changes that may have been made and also making sure that employees know how to do their job properly and safety.
What are the consequences of inconsistency There are many problems that are involved with inconsistency in lets say the way that they do their hiring, their may be issues with having the wrong person for the job, the job may not get done or get done properly, their may be inconsistency in what the company wants in a employee, proper assessments may not be done and also in different countries their may be more issues depending on the country. Hr is important for downsizing if there is an inconsistency then the wrong person may be let go. If there is an inconsistency in train or safety issues then someone could get harmed or the job could do get properly. All of these cost the organization more time and money.

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Counsellings Settings

Counseling may be available in a range of different places, including:
??? Private practice
??? Religious organizations
??? GP surgeries
??? Places of work
??? Schools, universities and colleges
??? Voluntary and charitable organizations
o Mind
o Rethink Mental Illness
o Samaritans
o Turning Point
Although there many different contexts where counseling skills are used. Counseling can be provided to individuals, groups, face-to-face setting, or online. The essence of all therapeutic relationships is to empower the client, giving the individual an exclusive space in which to talk in confidence, without judgment, recall, and prejudice. A space where feelings can be freely expressed and explored with the objective of finding a deeper understanding of emotional behavior and difficulties and ultimately find ways to manage life situations more effectively. In a safe confidential space. Without judgment or prejudice, by someone who is trained to listen attentively. Confidentiality , and maintain boundaries is one of the most fundamental ethical obligations of all therapeutic relationships. To detailing relevant expectation and obligations between counselor and client, including concern of time and place of sessions fees and legal obligations. There are also practical physical arrangements within the space that can benefit both client and counselor. Such as; adequate lighting, comfortable room temperature, appropriate seating arrangement.

Schools, educational institutions, and many workplaces offer free counseling services. These are usually short term and specific to the environment. Employees or students normally have a limited number of sessions available but if further support is required, counselors may refer onwards to alternative care resources, and make recommendations for referral or other services of support.

A counseling referral can be obtained from a GP and the NHS funds this
Short term, long-term and specialist counseling can be discussed with a GP.
??? A GP referral to a counselor means that the patient does not need to seek out a counselor.
??? Provides convenient access to supportive care
??? Counseling provides a alternative to medication

Family Counseling: This is offered when the whole family is in difficulty. A counselor examines and explores family dynamics to overcome relationships difficulties and communication. Family counseling can be helpful in dealing with:
??? child and adolescent behavioral problems
??? separation, divorce and step-family life
??? domestic violence
??? drug or alcohol addiction

Listening services also offer support, such as the Samaritans and NAPAC.These services are mostly run by trained volunteers. Support line and listening services often run a free 24 hour service and provide a minimum of 20 minutes listening time.

Couples counseling: effective when relationships are in crisis; providing individual and joint support offering insight and resolution. It can help couples learn more about each others needs and communicate better.

Usually counseling is provided one to one but group counseling is also appropriate for many issues. Group Counseling: up to around 12 people meet, together with a single counselor and talk about common concerns. Issues are shared with a view to provide support, advice, and understanding
Giving clients opportunities to talk, share with other people with similar concerns. Some groups have a fixed number of sessions while others offer a drop in service.
Some of the benefits of group are:
??? reduces isolation as you work on your issues
??? provides multiple perspectives on issues
??? provides an means for practicing and learning new interpersonal behaviours
??? helping others helps you to see your own issues differently and to feel you have something to offer other
In all settings the BACP lists the main parts of the counsellor??™s role as:
??? Listening in a non-judgemental and patient way
??? Viewing problems from the client??™s perspective
??? Assisting the client in seeing issues more clearly and perhaps from alternative
??? Minimising confusion, and helping the client to make choices and changes

The BACP also highlight a list of values of counseling and psychotherapy:
??? Respecting human rights and dignity
??? Protecting the safety of clients
??? Enhancing the quality of professional knowledge and its application
??? Alleviating personal distress and suffering
??? Fostering a sense of self that is meaningful, increasing personal effectiveness
??? Enhancing the quality of relationships between people
??? Striving for the fair and adequate provision of counseling and psychotherapy services
??? Appreciating the variety of human experience and culture

Highly trained specialist provides most counseling services in establishments and hospitals whereas in services such as listening services, trained volunteers often provide help.

Counseling in any situation begins with the clients desire to seek help by sometimes it can be a mandatory requirement as in a clinic, hospital or prison.

The type of therapy offered might all vary; there may be differences in time commitment and approach. Most popular approaches to counseling are Psychodynamic, humanistic and CBT therapies. Some are more suited to particular and specific issues while some are more general and non-specific. Each model has its own theory of human development and its own way of working. Some practitioners work in an integrative way, which means that they draw on elements of several different models when working with clients.

Psychodynamic counseling- This is based on the idea that past experiences have a bearing on experiences and present day relationships. Exploration of childhood experiences and the subconscious are considered highly relevant to the well being of the individual. Usually long term.

Client-centered or person-centered counseling-This is based on the principle that the counselor provides three ???core conditions??™:
??? Empathy (the ability to imagine oneself in another person??™s position)
??? Unconditional positive regard (nurturing feelings, regardless of the person??™s
??? Congruence (honesty and openness)
Based on building self awareness and client autonomy

It is usually a short term, goal oriented, ???problem and action focused??™ to help address specific problems. CBT helps individuals replace dysfunctional coping skills, negative emotions, and behaviors with more adaptive ones by challenging an individuals way of thinking and responses to certain habits or behaviors.

Given the uniqueness and intimacy of this relationship, it is not the therapeutic approach that is most influential factor in counseling but the counselor/ client relationship; deemed the most crucial for any effective counseling relationship to exist.

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Hrm 240

Axia College/College of Social Sciences
HRM/240 Version 4
Human Resources Management

Course Description

This course provides an overview of key employment practices necessary to effectively manage human resources within an organization. The major human resource functions of planning, recruiting, selecting, training, and appraising will be emphasized. Other topics will include company policies and procedures, federal and state regulation compliance, rights and responsibilities of employers and employees, and future trends.


Faculty and students/learners will be held responsible for understanding and adhering to all policies contained within the following two documents:

??? University policies: You must be logged into the student website to view this document.
??? Instructor policies: This document is posted in the Course Materials forum.

University policies are subject to change. Be sure to read the policies at the beginning of each class. Policies may be slightly different depending on the modality in which you attend class. If you have recently changed modalities, read the policies governing your current class modality.

Course Materials

Bohlander, G. W., & Snell, S. A., (2007). Managing human resources (14th ed.). Florence, KY: Thomson Learning Higher Education.

Axia College??™s Writing Style Handbook, available online at

All electronic materials are available on the student website.
Week One: Challenges of Human Resources Management and Equal
Employment Opportunity Legislation and Practices
Details Due Points
Objectives 1.1 Explain how successful human resources management can help a company achieve a competitive advantage.
1.2 Summarize the current trends in responding to human resources challenges.
1.3 Compare and contrast human resources competencies and responsibilities with those of line management.
1.4 Make recommendations for implementing affirmative action policies.
Course Preparation Read the course description and objectives.
Read the instructor??™s biography and post your own.
Readings Read Appendix A.
Read Ch. 1 & 3 of Managing Human Resources.
Deloitte & Touche Case Study Read the Managing Diversity for Competitive Advantage at Deloitte & Touche Case Study 3 on pp. 44??“45 in Ch. 1 of Managing Human Resources.

Answer, in 200 to 300 words, the three questions on p. 45. Elaborate on your responses to these questions by distinguishing between the role of human resources managers and line managers in implementing the changes described in this case study. 10/19 30
Change Management Write a response recommendation analysis of 200 to 300 words of how large firms and small firms might utilize change management concepts to meet growing technology demands. Provide one example for a large company and one example for a small company of necessary changes resulting from these growing technology demands. Keep in mind that some changes are proactive and others are reactive. Include these two concepts in your recommendation analysis. Discuss some of the pitfalls to avoid in implementing change. 10/20 30
Affirmative Action Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper recommending to a companys board of directors that affirmative action policies be implemented. Include points supporting the recommendation and clearly address points that may be used against this recommendation. The paper must also address how affirmative action policy relates to compliance with equal employment opportunity law.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Post your paper as an attachment. 10/23 70

Week Two: Job Analysis and Human Resources Planning
Details Due Points
Objectives 2.1 Explain how job analysis fulfills organizational goals and benefits prospective employees.
2.2 Explain how job design methods increase employee productivity.
2.3 Determine the advantages and disadvantages of employee teams.
Readings Read Ch. 2 & 4??“6 of the text.
Participation Participate in class discussion. 10/25 10
Discussion Questions Respond to weekly discussion questions. 10/27 10
Job Description Review pp. 151??“154 in Managing Human Resources.

Create a job description for a high school librarian. This job description will be based on data from a completed job analysis at the Online Occupational Information Network.

Visit the Online Occupational Information Network at

??? Click on the Find Occupations heading.
??? In the field under the Quick Search heading, enter librarian.
??? Choose Librarians from the list of occupations that appear.
??? You will be directed to the Summary Report for this occupation.

Review the sections of Tasks, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.

Write and post a 350 word, original job description for a high school librarian based on the Occupational Information Network librarian job analysis. In a separate paragraph, describe the advantages and disadvantages of having an employee in this job work in a team.

Submit the employment position for your final project to your instructor for approval. Describe in one or two sentences how you will access job analysis and job description information for your selected position. 10/28 30

Week Three: Recruitment and Selection
Details Due Points
Objectives 3.1 Explain the pros and cons of internal and external recruiting practices.
3.2 Compare and contrast sources of information used in the employee selection process.
3.3 Outline a process for interviewing, selecting, and hiring employees.
Recruitment Methods Name one internal and three external ways that you could recruit for the job in your final project. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each recruiting method for this job 11/3 30
Selection Tools Write a 1,400- to 1,750-word paper in which you address the following considerations related to selection tools:

??? Name three selection tools that you would consider using for a hiring program at a supermarket.
??? Choose what you think is the best selection tool or combination of selection tools.
??? Justify your choice by describing the advantages of your method compared to other selection tools that were considered.
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
Determine whether you would use the same selection method for hiring the position in your final project. Explain your answer.
Organize an interview and selection plan for the position in your final project. Complete the following:

??? Compile a list of interview questions.
??? Explain what interviewing method you would use and why it is preferred over others.
??? Detail the considerations in reaching hiring decisions for this position.

Post your paper as an attachment. 11/6 100

Week Four: Appraising, Improving, and Developing Performance
Details Due Points
Objectives 4.1 Explain the benefits of career development programs for both employees and their organizations.
4.2 Illustrate challenges when conducting performance appraisals.
4.3 Explain methods used for conducting performance appraisals.
Readings Read Ch. 5 Appendix and Ch. 7 & 8 of the text.
Participation Participate in class discussion. 11/8 10
Discussion Questions Respond to weekly discussion questions. 11/10 10
Performance Appraisal Select two aspects of a performance appraisal from the following list. What are the special challenges in each area and what would be the effects on employees and employers if the challenges were not addressed

??? Strategic relevance
??? Criterion deficiency
??? Criterion contamination
??? Reliability
??? Compliance with the law
??? Appraiser training 11/11 30

Week Five: Training and Development

Details Due Points
Objectives 5.1 Prioritize training needs based on a needs assessment.
5.2 Differentiate among training methods that are appropriate for various types of employee training.
5.3 Explain how evaluation ensures training programs meet organizational requirements and limitations.
5.4 Explain ways of developing talent pools within an organization.
Job Opportunities Map Create a diagram in PowerPoint?® or Word mapping job opportunities starting from, or advancing to, the position focused on in your final project.

Describe the additional training necessary for employees to advance according to the map. Explain the role of organizational incentives and mentoring in developing talent pools.

Write this additional narrative in 200 to 300 words, and submit the narrative as an additional slide or page with the map. 11/17 30
New Employee Training Answer the following questions about a new employee training program for the position you selected for your final project:

??? Needs assessment: What types of issues might indicate a need for training From what sources would these issues be identified If you were a training manager, how would you prioritize training needs from these sources

o A supervisor requests training on the specialized technology required by five of his employees.
o The customer service manager reports a sudden increase in calls about poor handling of repeat complaint calls.
o The CEO requests team efficiency training to address the declining numbers of employees attending quarterly pep rallies.

??? Delivery: Identify the best method to conduct this training. Is a certification exam required Will the training be instructor-led, self-paced, or a combination Explain your answer.

Focusing on delivery considerations, would you use the same methods and requirements for the position directly above this job and the position directly subordinate to the job Explain your answer.

??? Evaluation: How will you evaluate the effectiveness of the training in terms of organizational objectives and limitations 11/20 100

Week Six: Safety and Health
Details Due Points
Objectives 6.1 Explain provisions employers may implement to promote better health and safety for their employees.
Readings Read Ch. 10??“12 of the text.
Participation Participate in class discussion. 11/22 10
Discussion Questions Respond to weekly discussion questions. 11/24 10
External Effects on Workplace Health and Safety Analyze how emotional and physical aspects of a person??™s life may influence the employee??™s effectiveness in the work environment. 11/25 30

Week Seven: Incentives and Employee Benefits
Details Due Points
Objectives 7.1 Compare and contrast different types of incentive plans.
7.2 Compile strategic considerations in managing benefits programs.
Incentive Plans Select three different incentive plans. You may select individual plans, group plans, or a combination. List the pros and cons for each plan. For a position that you envision for yourself in 5 years, which of these three plans would be most appropriate Explain your answer. 12/1 30
Employee Benefits Draft and post a memo to upper management detailing the benefits available to employees in the position focused on in your final project.

??? Include health insurance, time off, retirement and savings plans, and one other work or life benefit.
??? Explain to management the primary strategic consideration involved in managing the proposed benefits program.
??? Identify an additional strategic consideration related specifically to one of the benefits in your proposed program. 12/4 100

Week Eight: International Issues and Employee Rights and Discipline
Details Due Points
Objectives 8.1 Recognize the impact of the employment-at-will principle and the exceptions to this principle.
8.2 Differentiate between the progressive discipline approach and the positive discipline approach.
8.3 Identify the unique challenges of international staffing.
Readings Read Ch. 13 & 15 of the text.
Participation Participate in class discussion. 12/6 10
Discussion Question Respond to the capstone discussion question. 12/8 10
International Staffing Resources: Review pp.646??“654 of Managing Human Resources.

Consider the cultural differences inherent in global business and the geographic obstacles of home office and remote locations being in different countries.

Summarize the unique challenges of international staffing. 12/9 30

Week Nine: Human Resources Planning and Strategic Planning
Details Due Points
Objectives 9.1 Explain how human resources planning fits into an organization??™s strategic plan.
9.2 Create materials to be used by human resource professionals.
Capstone CheckPoint Respond to the capstone discussion question.

??? Write 350 to700 words in which you analyze and post how the human resources assistance plan and aids you have been working on for your final project fit into the companys strategic plan.

??? Post your response as an attachment. 12/15 30
Final Project
Human Resources Management Plan and Job Aids Resource: Appendix A

Develop documentation for human resources professionals to manage a specific employment position. The materials you create would assist human resources professionals to choose, train, and develop successful employees toward helping the company meet its goals.

Reference at least one human resources journal and at least one reputable website for human resources professionals, in addition to the text.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Focus all five project deliverables on a single employment position. The deliverables are as follows:

??? Executive summary
??? Presentation on job analysis
??? Tips for the selection process
??? Script for orienting new employees
??? Training proposal 12/18 250


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