Southwest Airlines is a well-known company featured in our textbook. Over the next 4 weeks, you will take on the fictional role of 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 Human Resources and the industry. Your manager told you that 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
Your first task is to examine Southwest’s current HR practices, as reported in public sources. Complete the HR Design Decisions 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
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Wk 2 – HR Design Decisions
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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
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