• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Workforce management.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

ANNIE MACKENZIE HE ACCESS TO BUSINESS STUDIES & COMPUTING WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT ASSIGNMENT NO.2B TASK ONE Having read the article entitled 'Dixon's delivers the goods with first partnership deal', it is apparent that the company has been subject to considerable change in relation to its partnership deal with the engineers' union, the AEEU. These changes can be reviewed as follows: Political During the 1980's, when the UK had a Conservative Government, attempts were made to curtail the activities of trade unions. The government's policy was to place businesses in a position where only the most efficient would survive. The government passed a number of 'anti-union' Act's with the aim of restricting the power of trade union's and liberating businesses from the pressure that trade unions carry. The most important of these Acts of Parliament were: * 1980 Employment Act * 1982 Employment Act * 1984 Trade Union Act * 1986 Public Order Act * 1988 Employment Act * 1989 Employment Act Each of these Acts progressively restricted the power of trade unions to obstruct the normal course of business. Since these Acts were passed, the successive Labour Government has passed a number of Acts that regulate the rights of employees in the workplace. ...read more.

Middle

Legal The legal implications of Dixons' new partnership deal with the AEEU are that the trade union will now be able to take action without it being illegal. Dixons and their employees will now also be able to use the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) to resolve any industrial relations disputes before they develop into confrontation. Either or both parities are able to contact ACAS although, they will want to see that union officials are involved and that the company's disputes procedure has been followed. ACAS will offer conciliation to each party and if this is unsuccessful, ACAS can offer arbitration, by providing an independent arbitrator who will examine the case put forward by each party and judge the right outcome of the dispute. If both sides agree in advance, the arbitrator's decision can be legally binding. As well as the above, ACAS can also provide free advice to employees and employers. Environmental As far as I can see, Dixons and their employees will not be subject to any environmental change issues as a result of the partnership deal with the AEEU. Conclusions I think it is fair to say that Dixons have chosen to form a deal with the AEEU because of a number of reasons. ...read more.

Conclusion

In the article entitled A macho culture meets its match, it talks of the male dominated IT industry and the work of Margaret savage a Human Resources director for British Telecom. In a company such as BT, where there is no relevant reason why a woman cannot carry out the same role as a male employee, it is vital that there is an equal opportunities policy. Margaret Savage has attempted to increase the number of females employed, by altering the working environment to include more part-time positions, remote and flexible working. By taking these positive steps to make the recruitment process more inclusive, Margaret Savage has managed to improve staff retention figures and re-educate senior management in relationship management which she says, has encouraged them to innovate and take pride in their work. I believe that BT has gained by having a more inclusive recruitment policy in the following ways: * More flexible working environment (more part-time positions, remote and flexible working) * Improved staff retention figures and bottom line * Improved employee motivation and morale due to there being a more equal working environment and better opportunities for women * Better working relationships through increased understanding of the different needs of female staff members * Decrease in the number of sexual discrimination claims from female employees. * Increased awareness of equal opportunities among existing staff members. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE People in Business section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE People in Business essays

  1. Report: Type of ownership of J-Sainsbury

    High customer service will mean more sales are made, which will result to more profit. The administration department must make sure J-Sainsbury's is clean and safe for customers. No customer would like to do their shopping in a dirty store.

  2. A REPORT INTO HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AT SAINSBURY'S

    Advantages: * Specialist trainer * Specialist facilities * Away from distractions Disadvantages: * Lose production * Costly * Might not be relevant to the needs of individuals and the organisation Colleague Training and Development at Sainsbury's This below is a quote from Sainsbury's about their colleague training and development programme:

  1. Managing Human Resources in Marks & Spencer.

    Moreover, more and more businesses are realising that if they fail to invest in training and development they will become uncompetitive. Training and development is the key to the future success of any individual. Marks & Spencer places great emphasis on ensuring this, through both formal, structured methods and invaluable hands-on experience.

  2. Human Resources Assignment - Sainsburys.

    These advertisements can also be used to promote Sainsbury's as a whole. There are disadvantages and advantages to appointing internally. The advantages are that it is cheap, fast, and problems with training and induction can be avoided. Sainsbury's will also know the person appointed.

  1. Employee's Rights

    Uneven, slippery or ubstructed floor surfaces and training cables may lead to accidents and injuries. Richer Sounds should make sure all passageways, stairs and even delivery areas are levelled and kept clear. Clear up spilages immediately and display warnings of wet surfaces.

  2. Enabling a Remote Workforce.

    Further, telecommuters working for American Express produced 43% more business than their office-based counterparts1. Clearly the case can be made that remote workers are indeed more productive. The primary explanation for improved productivity is a quieter work environment, which offers fewer interruptions.

  1. Quality management report - May Fair Industrial Co. ltd.

    The competition of the market is increasing day by day. The customers are no longer concerning only about the price, but also the quality of the products. Especially when the price of the raw materials, fossil fuels by-product, is rising continuously.

  2. Operational Issues in the BPO industry

    Also these acquisitions are probably in the nature of a market entry strategy. Key Sub Segments of the Indian BPO industry The main sub segments of the Indian BPO industry are: * Customer care: This segment consists of mainly telephone based service centers or call centers performing specific customer centric activities like database marketing telemarketing, and web sales.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work