Help please with a Personnel Management assignment 4

Hie guys,i have a Personnel  Management assignment at school.In groups of  five,we  are expected to approach a company to  gather information about:

1(a)Background of that company(10 marks)

2(a)How do managers motivate employees(20  marks)

  (b)Challenges that managers face in motivating   employees(20  marks)

  (c)Solutions to these challenges(20  marks).

In this assignment we are required to  draft  some questions  which  we are going to ask the  Human Resources Department of that  company.We compiled enough questions about the background,for which we are going to ask questions about(the founder,year introduced,vision and hence mission,products/services offered,target customers,type of ownership,past  successes,future plans,etc).

The problem is on the other parts,we are not having enough questions to ask and in what way are we going to ask them so that we aquire detailed information.Please help!!!

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4 thoughts on “Help please with a Personnel Management assignment

  • Sylvia F. Hammond

    Blessing, your group are young people who will be looking for work.  Discuss amongst yourselves what would motivate you at work.  Then use that information to ask a question – do they motivate people like that?

    Then think about whether there are differences between motivating older people and young people straight from school.  Ask your parents what motivates them at work.  Compare the differences/similarities with your group.

  • Wilma de Villiers

    Blessing, may be these readings will help you, especially the one by Sanders.  The questions should not acquire long answers, because HR’s (as other employees) are very busy. 

    Berglund, L and Andersson, P. (2012). Recognition of knowledge and skills at work: in whose interests?Journal of Workplace Learning,24(2).

     Bryson, J. (2006). Learning at work: organizational affordances and individual engagement. Journal of Workplace Learning, 18(5), 279-297.

    Business/Higher Education (Hager, P., Holland, S. and Beckett, D). (2002). Enhancing the learning and employability of graduates: The role of generic skills. Melbourne: Business/Higher Education Round Table. Retrieved

    Döös, M. and Wilhelmson, L. (2011). Collective learning: interaction and a shared action arena. Journal of Workplace Learning, 23(8), 487-500.

    Fuller, A. et al. (2005) Who learns what at work? In, 4th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning (RWL4), Sydney, Australia,11 – 14 Dec 2005. 10pp.

    ILO (2008). Conclusions on skills for improved productivity, employment growth and development. Retrieved–en/index.htm

    Järvensivu, A. and Koski, P. (2012). Journal of Workplace Learning, 24(1), 5-18.

    Livingstone, D.W. (2010). Job requirements and workers’ learning: formal gaps, informalclosure, systemic limits. Journal of Education and Work 23 (3), 207-231.

    OECD. (2005). The definition and selection of key competencies: Executive summary. Paris: author.

    Sanders, J. et al. (2011). Explaining lower educated workers’ training intentions. Journal of Workplace Learning, 23(6), 402-416.

    Tynjälä, P. (2008). Perspectives into learning in the workplace. Education Research Review, 3, 130-154.