Human Resource Management Capstone – HRM 599
Summarize the major problems that Mary Smith has caused in her short tenure with the company.
Workplace nepotism can threaten positive corporate culture no matter whether it is deliberate or unintentional. Owners or managers of a business who give special treatment to their family members can decrease the morale of the other employees. Dealing with workplace nepotism can be frustrating, especially when the family member lacks adequate employment qualifications (Lo, M., 2014). Mary Smith, daughter of one of the firm’s founders, was recently hired as the administrative assistant. From the beginning employees were unmoved when they found out she was selected for the position. Based on her work performance, Mary does not have the knowledge, skills, or ability to perform the duties of the position she was hired for. She has already, in the past three weeks, not met the deadline on her assignments, important documents have been filed incorrectly, and she spends most of her time socializing with a select few other employees instead of working. Through personnel selection, organizations make decisions about who will or will not be allowed to join the organization. Selection begins with the candidates identified through recruitment and attempts to reduce their number to the individuals best qualified to perform the available jobs. At the end of the process, the selected individuals are placed in jobs with the organization (Noe et al., 2009, p. 151). This is the procedure Mary Smith should have gone through to get hired. From the perspective of her immediate supervisor, prepare a job description that details the necessary tasks that Ms. Smith should perform in her role as administrative assistant.
The firm is currently looking for a talented Administrative Assistant to support the firm in an efficient, detail-oriented, and proactive manner. The successful candidate...
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