Week 3 – discussion – strategic hr mgmt – due by 6/15/16 @ 3pm cst

Week 3 Discussion


Job Analyses

Thinking about your past employment opportunities, have you ever wondered what qualifications and skills were necessary for a job? Now, consider as a manager why it would be important to know of all of the necessary qualifications of a new position prior to hiring? How does effective job design contribute to employee retention?

This week, you have been introduced to the process of completing a job analysis. This information can then be used for two primary outcomes: a) job descriptions and b) job specifications.

With these thoughts in mind:

  • Select a topic from this week’s readings that interests you the most.
  • Consider a real-world situation that relates to or could be addressed utilizing primary concepts from the assigned readings.

Post your response by Day 3. Your post should be approximately 200–250 words in length. Include the following:

  • Does job analysis benefit an organization? Why or why not?
  • Explain how job design assists with attracting, selecting, and retaining quality talent.
  • Describe a real-world situation that incorporates the use of a job analysis or design strategy to attract and retain quality talent. How effectively does this strategy support the notion of strategic human resources?

Use the Week 3 Discussion Template (located in this week’s Learning Resources) to develop a draft of your statement. Then, post your finalized statement to the Discussion Thread.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

Respond by Day 6 to two or more of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:

  • Support or refute a colleague’s opinion regarding whether job analysis benefits an organization.
  • Expand on your post regarding whether job design assists with attracting, selecting, and retaining quality talent.
  • Suggest another way that a strategy supports the notion of strategic human resources in the colleague’s real-world situation.
  • Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you learned and the insights you gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.

Be sure to support your work with specific citations from the Learning Resources and any additional sources.


Required Resources

  • Stewart, G. L., & Brown, K. G. (2014). Human resource management: Linking strategy to practice(3rd ed.). New York, NY: Wiley.
    • Chapter 4, “Designing Productive and Satisfying Work” (pp. 120­­–159)

      In this chapter, you will explore the strategic choices that are available to organizations regarding job analysis and design. Next, you will become familiar with various methods of conducting a job analysis. Finally, you will learn how job descriptions and specifications can be developed as a result of a job analysis.

      Focus on the different factors and steps involved in conducting a job analysis as well as the various uses of a job analysis. Study the different examples provided throughout the chapter to get a better understanding of the variables involved in a job analysis and how they affect the outcome. Consider the benefits of performing a job analysis prior to hiring.

    • Chapter 7, “Managing Employee Retention and Separation” (pp. 250–290)

      In this chapter, you will explore the retention of current employees and the strategies that may be used to assure that good employees will want to stay with the organization. You will also examine separation factors, such as turnover, layoffs, and disciplinary measures.

      Focus on the definitions and steps involved with each type of method or strategy discussed in this chapter. Explore the alternative strategies and factors in recruitment, selection, and retention of employees presented. Consider how managers can effectively employ these strategies to attract and retain qualified talent. Ask yourself how the Internet and technology have changed the recruitment process.

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