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MGT205 Human Resource Management

Module 7 Discussion

DQ1 60 percent of HR executives are satisfied with the work–life services that their companies offer employees. The bad news is that only 16 percent of their employees agree with them. According to a study conducted by the Corporate Executive Board (CEB), a global network of business professionals, the disconnect results from the fact that HR managers tend to value different services than employees do. More than 60 percent of the 50,000 workers polled in the CEB study specified flextime schedules as the single most important work–life benefit that an employer can offer.

How much value would you put on work–life balance?  Do you think this varies for different people?  What do you do (or what will you do if you haven’t yet started your career) to achieve a balance between work and life?

DQ2 Once upon a time “going to work” meant getting dressed in appropriate attire at a predetermined time, driving or using public transportation to get to an office or other work site, and staying there for a predetermined period of time before returning home. But for some people today, “going to work” may mean slipping into shorts and t-shirt and walking down the hall to their home office. More and more organizations are allowing employees to work from home on at least an occasional basis. The general term for this practice is telecommuting. On the plus side, many employees like telecommuting because it gives them added flexibility. Organizations may benefit for several reasons as well: (1) they can reduce absenteeism and turnover since employees will need to take less “formal” time off, and (2) they can save on facilities such as parking spaces because fewer people will be at work on any given day.

Answer the following questions:

 Which do you think you would personally prefer, working in an office all the time, working from home all the time, or a mix of working at an office and home? Why?

What complications might exist for a manager whose employees work from home all or part of the time?

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