You are an HR practitioner in a medium-sized company. One of your employees has demonstrated mediocre performance and a recurring attendance problem relating to her unreliable child-care situation. Your boss has had enough and has directed you to “divest” the organization of this “problem employee.”
Your boss requires a 2000-word briefing memo to senior management outlining two ways to “get rid” of the employee and a recommendation as to which option to pursue. Each option must carefully lay out the risks associated with it. You must also justify your recommendation.
[url removed, login to view] the assignment in the form of a memo of approximately 2000 words. Full sentences and paragraphs are required, although you may use bulleted or numbered lists where it increases clarity.
You may wish to begin by thinking about all of the different ways in which you might respond to your manager’s request. Consider the pros and cons of each and select the option you will advance. Then begin drafting your memo.
[url removed, login to view] reference the source of any information that you quote directly or paraphrase, including material you find in the Study Guide. Any commonly used format of academic citation is acceptable, including MLA and APA style. For help on using APA format, visit the AU Library Help Centre.
[url removed, login to view] you start, review the information about interpretations of and penalties for plagiarism and academic misconduct in the Athabasca University Calendar.
Contact your tutor if you have any questions about this assignment or how to properly cite material you are paraphrasing or directly quoting.
This assignment is intentionally vague, reflecting the ambiguous nature of many HR tasks and the degree of judgment HR practitioners must exercise. There is no “right” answer. Your assignment will be graded based upon three criteria:
demonstrated knowledge of course concepts covered to date,
application of this knowledge to the task, and
clarity of presentation.