HR Design Decisions

Southwest Airlines is a well-known company featured in our textbook. Over the next 4 weeks, you will take on the fictional role of an intern at Southwest Airlines Human Resources. You will utilize the textbook and other professional resources to complete your assessments.

Your first week on the job is filled with learning the ins and outs of HR and the industry. Your manager told you one of your projects is to assist with a new HR strategy for the company. This strategy is broken down into 3 parts that you will work on throughout the course. They are:

  • Examining current practices
  • Talent recruitment and selection
  • Strategy recommendation

Fill out the chart. No word documents. Be specific not general in your response.

Your first task is to examine Southwest’s current HR practices, as reported in public sources.

Complete the HR Chart with your review and rationale of the elements listed below to decide where Southwest Airlines’ HR practices fall. Support the analysis with evidence from sources on the web.

  • Employees as expenses vs. employees as assets
  • Compensation below market, above market, or competitive
  • Spontaneous training and development or planned training and development
  • Specific job descriptions or general job descriptions
  • External or internal recruitment, or both
  • Limited socialization of new employees or extensive socialization
  • Collective bargaining or individual bargaining

Possible sources for information include but are not limited to:

  • Organization website and associated websites
  • Websites that specialize in company reviews and job postings

    ORG/535 v1

    ORG/535 v1

    Wk 2 – HR Design Decisions

    ORG/535 v1

    Page 2 of 2

     

    Wk 2 – HR Design Decisions

    ORG/535 v1

    Page 2 of 2

     

    Wk 2 – Apply: HR Design Decisions

     

    Instructions

    For each of these 7 HR design decisions, check the box for the choice that most matches where you think Southwest Human Resources falls. While the organization likely does not fall cleanly into one or the other extreme, pick the one that it more clearly resembles. Then, in the right-hand column, evaluate how well that choice works.

    Items to consider, but not limited to, in your analysis include:

    · The impact on company performance of the approach

    · Effectiveness of the approach

    · The impact on employee morale and engagement of the approach

    · Alignment with the strategy of the approach

    Design Decisions

    Choices Analysis of how well each choice works
    View of employees  
    Employees as expenses Employees as assets  
    Compensation  
    Below market Competitive Above market  
    Training and Development  
    Spontaneous Planned  
    Job Descriptions  
    Specific General  
    Recruitment  
    External Mixed Internal  
    Onboarding – Socialization of new employees  
    Limited Extensive  
    Bargaining  
    Collective Individual  

     

    References

    Copyright 2020 by University of Phoenix. All rights reserved.

    Copyright 2020 by University of Phoenix. All rights reserved.

    Copyright 2020 by University of Phoenix. All rights reserved.

    Copyright 2020 by University of Phoenix. All rights reserved.

    image2.png

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.