Assessment 1 Planning an Organization’s Staffing Needs

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Assessment 1 Planning an Organization’s Staffing Needs

Write a 2–3page memo analyzing a U.S. state of your choice as a location for a new manufacturing plant. The following is a way to estimate the number of sales reps. needed next year: If the current number of sales reps. is 300, and the expected sales increase is 15%, then 300*.15 = 45 additional sales reps. or a total of 345 are needed. If you factor in the estimated number of current sales reps. retiring (5 reps) and the estimated voluntary turnover rate (300*.10 = 30 reps), then you can add together 45 + 5 + 30 to estimate 80 total sales reps. However, if 80 sales reps. go through the training, and 5% do not complete it, then an additional 4 sales reps will need to be hired (80*.05 = 4). The total number of new sales reps. to hire is 84 (80 = 4). Note: There are several places where you can do your estimations, and by using different assumptions you could produce slightly different results; however, the number of sales reps. to be hired should be very close to this example. Use this approach in this assessment. Preparation To prepare for this assessment, complete the following: Read Chapters 1 & 2 e-book, uploaded. Scenario CapraTek, a fictitious technology company, has a long history as a leader in the design and manufacture of computer server components and continues to provide innovative solutions to industry needs. They are currently leveraging this culture of innovation to expand into emerging wireless technologies. As part of that diversification, CapraTek is developing advanced smart-home technology. Last month, CapraTek announced that it will begin developing a wireless system that will integrate newer home electronics and appliances capable of being controlled electronically. Security, a/c, lights, locks, phone, home entertainment, computers, and gaming devices all controlled through a single wireless device and a simple Web-based interface”It’s better than a butler, it’s Alfred!” Alfred! will be produced in a new manufacturing facility currently in the planning phase. Groundbreaking on the new facility is planned within the next 6 months with full operations to be accomplished in 3 phases over the next 2 years. Distribution of the Alfred! device and components will be through existing distributors and retail outlets. As part of the HR team, you have been asked to support locating and staffing this new manufacturing facility in order to meet CapraTek’s strategic growth needs. The plan is for Phase 1 to be needed in 1 year and Phases 2 and 3 at one-year intervals after that. Here is some data you have uncovered when looking at similar CapraTek facilities opened within the past 5 years: Phase 1 = 140 production employees. Phase 2 = An additional 80 production employees. Phase 3 = An additional 120 production employees. CapraTek’s facilities management has informed you that the initial training will take place on-site, and staff from other CapraTek locations will conduct the training over approximately a 6 week period. Past experiences suggest that only one in five employees interviewed will be both qualified and willing to accept the job, and 20% of those hired will not complete training. Requirements Select a U.S. state to analyze as a location that will support CapraTek’s hiring projections for the new facility. (Normally, this duty is not an HR function.) Using the described CapraTek hiring scenario, write a 2page memo to CapraTek’s VP of operations in which you include the following: Identify the number of production employees to recruit and hire. This is to include how many applicants needed to meet Phases 1, 2, and 3 as well as the no. of hirings needed to meet production of the new product. Describe how employment and demographic trends for your selected state impact CapraTek’s future workforce planning. Assess elements of CapraTek’s workplace culture that could be developed for it to become an employer of choice. Include at least 3 elements, and support your answer from readings and other credible sources.


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