You have acquired a vast knowledge about multiple topics relevant to managers and HR employees.

You have acquired a vast knowledge about multiple topics relevant to managers and HR employees.  Below, you will find a list of what some view as pressing issues and trends facing HR professionals in 2020 and you are asked by senior management to weigh in on—from educating and discussing the implications for the organization to providing solutions in which the organization can implement.  For your final paper, you are being asked to weigh in on one of these issues or trends, defining and educating management exactly what the challenge or trend is, analyzing and discussing the implications for organizations, and what can be done.  Do not limit yourself in these approach elements, as you want to make sure that the executive management would have all the information they need to make a decision or take action.

  • Pressing Issues
    • Corona Virus Pandemic
    • Closing the skills gap
    • Modernizing employment-based immigration
    • Creating organizational cultures that prevent workplace harassment
    • Improving the employee experience (i.e. employee engagement)
  • Trends
    • Fostering the relationship between workers and robots
    • Creating flexible work schedules and environments
    • Taking a stand on social issues, i.e. employer/employee activism
    • Improving gender diversity
    • Investing in mental health and wellbeing of employees
    • Addressing the loneliness of remote workers
    • Upskilling the workforce
    • Focusing on soft skills
    • Preparing for Generation Z
    • Preventing employee burnout
    • Helping managers to manage (i.e. how HR can help managers manage)
    • Holistic HR
    • People Analytics to Analytics for the People

This is not an exhaustive list.  If you find one outside of this list, please send me a message with your request. Write an 8-10 page research paper in APA format, 7th edition (excluding the title page, abstract and reference pages) on the topic of your choice from the list above. You are to create an analytical study to evaluate your recommendation, showing and demonstrating a measurable performance impact it would create for the organization.  For example, if your intention and recommendation is to reduce turnover and improve performance, then you need to provide both hard and soft data to support your assertions and recommendation, and, in turn, anyone reviewing your report would draw the same conclusions.  You will use a minimum of eight (8) sources, making sure that at least 80% (6) of your sources are peer-reviewed.  You are, of course welcomed to use more. Grading Rubric:
Please ensure that you review the grading rubric (click on checkerboard under grade details above) for this assignment carefully, to ensure that you receive the highest possible grade for your work! Read the instructions in detail before beginning this assignment. Please ask questions if necessary. TurnitIn Information: Your paper will automatically be submitted to TurnitIn when you submit your paper through the “Assignment” section of the classroom. As a guide, the similarity score is the percentage of the assessment of your research paper that directly quotes other sources. It should be no more than 10%. Please note that this refers only to direct quotes within the body of the text and does not include the reference list or cover sheet. Anything more than 10% will be subject to evaluation and loss of points if plagiarism is detected. If you are concerned or unclear about your submission, please contact me via messages. 

  IMPORTANT!!
  Submit your work as an MS WORD ATTACHMENT in either a .doc, .docx, or .rtf format.
Please support your ideas, arguments, and opinions with independent research, include at least ten (10) supporting references or sources (NOT Wikipedia, unknown, or anonymous sources). In addition, include a properly formatted APA cover page, an abstract (aka, in business – Executive Summary), a properly formatted Introduction and Conclusion, and a minimum of 8 pages of double spaced written content. Cite all listed references properly in text in accordance with the 7th edition of the APA manual.

LATE POLICY: No work will be accepted after the final day of class.