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Human Resource Management in a Business Context

Human Resource Management in a Business Context, 3rd edition
by Alan Price
 Human Resource Management in a Business Context provides an international focus on the theory and practice of people management. A thorough and comprehensive overview of all the key aspects of HRM, including articles from HRM Guide and other sources, key concepts, review questions and case studies for discussion and analysis.
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Problem for discussion and analysis

Pages 608-609 of the 2nd edition (pages 364-365 in the 1st edition) of Human Resource Management in a Business Context contain a problem for discussion and analysis. This webpage is intended to provide guidance for users of the book to help in analysing the problem case.

Read through the case. Before attempting the questions, define the problem as you see it. Think through the following:

* What has happened? Consider this in terms of the last few months as well as the events described in the case study.

* What weaknesses are evident in the company's 'induction programme'?

* Should Lisa have been dealt with in exactly the same way as all other recruits?

* Ask yourself how much of the situation derives from Lisa's own personality.

* Would any other female graduate recruit have been any different?

* Why has the personnel manager taken so long to conduct a development interview?

* If a mentor had been appointed, would it have made a difference?

* How long (in time) should the development programme cover?

* What information should be taken from the recruitment process?

* What checking mechanism should be included to flag up any problems?

* What are the likely pitfalls in any development programme?

* What were the likely pitfalls given Lisa's own characteristics?

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