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Business Unit 1 - Functional Areas Within Business

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Section B: Functional Areas within Business Sainsbury's Key Functions: All businesses need to be well organised to achieve their aims and objectives. Certain functions must be done regularly and these are usually grouped into specific types of activities. Unless all the key functions are carried out, the business will not operate efficiently. Key functions are split up into seven functional areas. Each has a specific purpose. Human Resources- Relates to people who work for the organisation. This department deals with the working conditions and training needed for the staff at Sainsbury's. They are in control of providing all staff with a safe working environment. They decide whether individuals get promotions or bonuses for the work they have done all year. You would contact the human resources department of a business if you are applying for a job. They would be in charge of organising staff training days. Finance- Responsible for checking the money going in and out of a business. If there are problems, action must be taken swiftly. Computers and IT mean that financial transactions can be recorded immediately and analysed. They prepare accounts, pay wages and salaries to staff and obtain capital and resources. ...read more.

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nowhere to ask about the business and express their concerns and if they got no feedback from customers then how can Research and Development make products even better for the customers, using their feedback. If there was no Research and Development there would also be no need for Operations because there would be no need for materials to make new products. If there were no Operations then Sainsbury's could not open up more stores and expand their business. Then Sainsbury's would have no money and then there would be no Finance department which means no business. Communications: Communications is the sending and receiving of messages between 2 or more individuals, groups or organisations. Internal Communication is the sending of a message sent to a person working inside a group or an organisation. They use intranet as a type of internal communication. External communication is the sending of a message to another business or organisation outside of the company. They use other means to communicate to external influence via email or telephone calls. It is important to communicate within the business because the business would fall apart if they do not communicate decisions made within the business. ...read more.

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The disadvantage to this method of communication is it may take long to receive the video since the video has to be uploaded. If people communicate using the oral method then the advantages and disadvantages are: Advantages: - Relatively Cheap - Quick - Voice can be used to express feelings - Quick feedback Disadvantages: - Speech being clear is essential - Long messages may be forgotten or misunderstood - Differences in speech and accents may prove a problem If people communicate using the video method then the advantages and disadvantages are: Advantages: - Saves time and expense - Voice and body language can show feelings - Quick feedback Disadvantages: - May be costly to arrange - Must be using high speed internet to make images clear If people communicate using the written method then the advantages and disadvantages are: Advantages: - Formal authority - Permanent record - Can be looked at in their leisure time - Can be copied for others to view - Disadvantages: - Takes time to write - Needs good writing skills to understand - Delivery may take a lot of time If people communicate using the graphical method then the advantages and disadvantages are: Advantages: - Can summarise main points effectively - Helps understanding - More appropriate Disadvantages: - Expensive software needed - Some need a powerful processor or large memory - Often needs specialists to create ...read more.

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