The paper "How to Become a Good Employer" is a great example of a research proposal on human resources. The general topic I have chosen for my research project is on business management. The actual research question is ‘ How to become a good employer’ . I am very interested in creating and managing my own enterprise and hope to study business management at the University. This research project will help me to identify the core values, principles and employers should have in order to have a successful workforce. The project will aim at finding out what things every employer ought to do to maintain and attract a good workforce.
In this research project, I identified five important things that make a good employer; Employee should be treated like in a family, there should be no (noticeable) nepotism, the employer should have clear goals for herself and her business, know what kind of work is suitable for the employee and employer’ s ability to delegate. Employee Should Be Treated Like Family The greatest asset of any organization is employees. An employer is like a parent providing for her children and therefore employer provides for employees, provides advice when needed (both personally and professionally), oversees internal disputes, and ensures that promised benefits are fulfilled.
Through reading and studying human resources books, I found out three basic family principles that an employer can use to lead her team. They are open communication, “ family time” and care (Liau, 2006). Employees need to feel that they are part of a team and achieving this involves open communication. Regular staff meetings and other communication forums are needed to be conducted for purposes of conveying and sharing both the good and bad pieces of information.
During tough times, a lot of opportunities for answering questions are important in alleviating concerns of employees. In good times, sharing wins with all employees boost their morale and feel that they are part of a big family. Conducting retreats, off-site meetings and occasional happy hours boost morale and at times mend fractured relationships. This “ family time” is very important and should be conducted occasionally. Listening to employees, understanding their career objectives, and showing a lot of care towards them by employers result in better employee engagement hence retention rates.
Engaged employees increase chances of success and they become innovative. Employees are human beings and social beings in that matter. They should be listening to, talk to, and give advice and directions when they need them. No Noticeable Nepotism Nepotism is unfairly giving jobs to relatives and members of one family. A good employer should not be seen as practicing nepotism. Through my research on different companies, I realize that nepotism is a major issue. In the United States Southwest Airlines company, for example, seven percent of the company workforce are employees married to each other (Goldfinch and Wallis, 2009).
According to Bangor Daily News, there are 1100 married couples at the company. The practice has had negative effects on the company. According to the newspaper (Bangor Daily News, 2010) nepotism often produces hard feelings among employees who feel passed over in promoting them because they have no connections to management. Becoming a good employer involves hiring and promoting employees based on justifiable grounds and not because of one related status.
I research different newspapers and articles to find out how nepotism impacts on being a good employer.
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