I sometimes run into "scavenger hunt" answers in this course, i.e., a long paragraph or list containing many concepts -- a few of which are appropriate for the question at hand, but many of which are not. These answers waste a lot of time (yours and mine) and indicate that you are not sure you know what the right answer is. Scavenger hunts will not get you much credit either.
Pack leaders: Limited to top 10 percent
Meets Pack standards: No limits
Falling behind the Pack: Limited to bottom 10 percent
Why might Intel and Pack Consulting want to have a system that focuses mainly on the very top and very bottom groups of workers? What objectives of performance evaluations are likely to be well served by such an approach? What objectives are likely to be compromised?
4. Many companies today prefer to give pay increases in the form of a bonus rather than an increase in base salary or hourly wages.
a) Explain the business and HR logic behind this practice.
b) Give an example of a situation where an increase in base pay would be more appropriate than a bonus for a particular employee.
5. You are the HR manager for a microchip manufacturing plant and have plans to hire significant numbers of production workers in the coming year. The plant manager is worried that rising drug use in the community will eventually lead to problems in the plant. To date only a handful of employees have ever sought drug abuse counseling through the company medical plan and there have never been any incidents of drug use on the job. However, given the large amount of hiring activity that is likely to take place over the next year, there are concerns about drug use among new employees.
You must make a recommendation on mandatory drug testing of all new hires as part of their pre-employment physical. Your attorney has certified that you have the right to do this. What questions will you need to address as you make your decision? What information will you need? How will that information be used?