The paper "Immediate Problems Facing Australian Cladding Company " is a perfect example of a business case study. The Australian Cladding Company (ACC) was initiated in 1998 by an engineer by the name Jim Hackett. Hackett formed a novel lightweight, low-cost house cladding product that found a ready market in Australia. The company grew considerably and attracted even international markets. Even though the companies headquarter was located in Sydney, the company had ready markets for t products in other states as well as international markets. This company thrived under very good economic environment and grew rapidly such that the HRM did not manage to keep the pace with the growth.
There were some initiatives that favored the development of the company such as the First Home Owner Grant Scheme that made sure that the construction industry remained afloat. Due to the increase in demand, the company raised its staff from the initial 20 crew to around 150 production staff and an extra 25 staff working in support roles such as logistics, finance and accounting, sales and others. This rapid growth had its aftermaths in the HR practice and activities and that was the starting point of the problems that the company is facing now. Immediate problems facing Australian Cladding Company Their problems facing this company started when the company grew rapidly while its HR activities lagged behind.
From the case study, the first problems that the company faced are the drop of profits between the year 2007 and 2008 as a result of increased costs; cost management figures showed increased scrap and wastage rates as well as labor costs. The company has also been suffering from efficiency problems with the production staff – sometimes, the staffs were hanging around not doing anything, yet at other times, people were stressed and working flat out.
Despite a long history of long staff tenure, the company has been experiencing problems with staff retention. This involves the skilled staff on the floor together with key engineering people as well as several IT specialists, who have left the company due to lack of professional development. The case study also shows that the number of workplace accidents has been on the rise.
According to the case study, one of the machine operators, Sandra, reported that a number of workers have not been taking enough safety precautions while operating machinery. Another issue that has been indicated in the case study is that of female workers lamenting that their male colleagues have been using seductive language in the workplace and if the company does not take action, there will several cases of sexual harassment (case study) By mid-2008, the company was suffering from poor performance and staffing problems. According to one of the consultant that had been hired, Terry, the problems were being caused by the rapid expansion of the company while the HR activities were left lagging behind.
The Hr was not able to plan properly for the expansion of the company and so the staffing was done in a haphazard manner without considering the roles to be played by workers. It is clear that recruitment was done hurriedly and people were given jobs that did not fit them. For instance, at around 2003, most of the employees were male and by 2008, there were several females employees, who found it difficult to cope in a male-dominated working environment.
No wonder most of them were feeling as if they were being sexually harassed. The skilled workforce was resigning because they were discontented for lack of professional development. Moreover, senior positions in the company had been taken by the old employees and the new employees could not see a career path for themselves in the organization (case study).
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