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Description of the purpose and activities of 2 functional areas.

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Human Resources This department makes sure employees of the business work efficiently and safely at all times. Their contribution to the business activity is very important as they keep close contact with all department mainly because of recruitment purposes. They make sure all legal restrictions are abided whether that being for health and safety, government Acts or training manuals. Human resources staff are involved with and contribute with the business activity by: * Recruitment and selection of the right kind of staff * Development and training of staff * Motivating staff to perform as well as they can * Ensuring that Sainsburys makes best use of everyone and trade unions representing its employees are effective for all concerned * Ensuring that the organisation meets its social and legal duties to its employees- eg making sure that it fulfils its duties under the health and safety act where the government have placed strict rules to abide by Within this functional area there are different section leaders to cover each role for the department. These job roles include: - Recruitment and selection specialist - Training and development officer - Safety and welfare officer - Manpower planner - Employment relations officer - Compensation manager in more modern terms the salary and wages management Finance Every business needs to look after their finances ...read more.

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Example could be offering more services to customers; Sainsburys offer petrol stations, premier point cards, free books for school on selected brands and other services. The strategy may change maybe because the directors are unhappy with profits and have thought of new ways to gain more customers. This is very common with any PLC company as competition is very high not only with the retail sector but offering the best services for customers. This section basically makes sure the corporate strategy is being implemented and successfully. Marketing planner This job is to analyse marketing opportunities and to identify where and when to enter new markets and when to leave if declining. Marketing planners have to give advice on decisions such as when to improve existing products, which is often done to extend their life span, and when to introduce new products and services for customers. Such decisions are based on findings from market research carried out by the business itself whether that being street or house-to-house surveys and some will be from published material's by research institutes and government departments. The research done here would also give good feedback on how to keep customers happy and gain more business. Product development managers The job of a product development manger, in association with the design staff is to identify new products. ...read more.

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* Race, colour, nationality, ethnic origins or community background * Gender, gender realignment, sexual orientation, martial or family status * Religious or political beliefs and affiliations They also implements strict procedures on anyone who breaches the act regardless of status in the business, as they are all treated with the same equality. Disability Discrimination Act This Act makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a person with disability. Employers must make reasonable adjustments to the work of the premises or the working conditions to allow disabled people to take up employment or promotion. Sainsburys have numerous policies that support disabled employees and their fair treatment. Their recruitment process has been devised to ensure they are not treated unfairly to anyone else for whatever reason. To make sure that the company offer the disabled employees the same service they provide special training materials in alternative formats such as large prints, Braille, voice controlled computers, general furniture and equipment to assist productivity plus comfort levels. They also have assigned agencies including Shah trust and Re-employ that provides every opportunity of employment for disabled individuals in the form of sheltered placements. These are some of the ways the organisation tackle the act but more importantly give equal opportunities for everyone. By meeting these acts it would enhance their reputation and business. ...read more.

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