Discuss three causes of workplace conflict between the city’s police officers and city management in the current situation

Discuss three causes of workplace conflict between the city’s police officers and city management in the current situation

INTRODUCTION

In today’s hypercompetitive business environment, an organization’s sustainable competitive advantage is derived largely from intangible assets: human, social, and intellectual capital. Intangible assets are produced by skilled, capable workers. Human resource professionals enable current and future organizational competitiveness by maintaining an adequate supply of people with the skills, knowledge, and abilities needed to produce these resources. This is accomplished through workforce planning, recruitment and selection of top-quality talent, and effective employee relations management. As a human resource professional, your ability to effectively identify your organization’s need for employees, plan and implement employee recruitment and selection strategies, and manage employee relations will directly contribute to your organization’s success.

SCENARIO

You are the newly appointed director of human resource management for the police department of a city in the northeastern United States. Your organization has struggled to hire new police officers for some time. Your predecessor attempted to increase recruitment and selection of new officers by implementing an employee referral plan; however, the number of new officers hired through referrals has fallen short of hiring goals. The need for police officers intensified when your city’s newly elected mayor promised to lower crime by increasing the number of police patrols in high-crime areas. The police department has met the need for increased patrols by assigning existing police officers additional hours and paying overtime wages. As the number of hours worked and overtime payments increased over time, the practice—originally intended to be a short-term remedy—attracted unwanted attention. A front-page article in your city’s newspaper has revealed that three police officers earned higher annual salaries than the mayor, due to excessive overtime. Stung and embarrassed by this disclosure, the mayor fired your predecessor and put you in his place. Both the mayor and your boss have given orders to “reduce overtime by hiring new police officers immediately!” The mayor’s mandate to cut the overtime of currently employed police officers has created an employee relations problem. Officers on the city’s police force have worked extra hours for so long that the extra overtime pay is now perceived as an entitlement. Some police officers have assumed loans or increased living expenses in the expectation that the opportunity to earn overtime pay would continue. The officers are now unhappy that their ability to earn overtime pay will be greatly reduced (by the hiring of new police recruits) and are upset by the manner in which they learned about city management’s decision to cut overtime pay. Representatives of the officer’s union have responded with the attached “Memo on Police Officers’ Reaction to Planned Cuts in Overtime Pay.” You must manage the current conflict between the police officers and city management and try to prevent future conflicts by developing a workplace culture that creates a positive work environment for employees and management. You will also revise job descriptions and selection procedures using the attached “Job Description of City Police Officers” to make managing workplace conflict a required job competency.

REQUIREMENTS

Your submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. An originality report is provided when you submit your task that can be used as a guide.

You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect. The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course.

Create a report (suggested length of 3–5 pages) in which you discuss strategies for managing conflict caused by cuts in overtime pay.

A.  Discuss three causes of workplace conflict between the city’s police officers and city management in the current situation.

B.  Discuss two possible short-term outcomes if the conflict is not resolved.

C.  Discuss two possible long-term outcomes if the conflict is not resolved.

D.  Discuss three possible actions for resolving the current conflict about overtime pay.

E.  Design a plan to create a more positive work culture in the city’s police department by doing the following:

1.  Discuss two basic components of a work culture that prevent negative conflict.

2.  Create two new specifications for the “required” section of the attached “Job Description of City Police Officers” that relate to a candidate’s ability to effectively manage workplace conflict.

3.  Create three situational interview questions designed to illuminate a job candidate’s competency in managing workplace conflict.

F.  Explain two methods of evaluating improvements in employee relations in the city police department.

G.  When you use sources to support ideas and elements in a paper or project, provide acknowledgement of source information for any content that is quoted, paraphrased or summarized. Acknowledgement of source information includes:

•  Author

•  Date

•  Title

•  Location of information (e.g., publisher, journal, or website URL)

 

RUBRIC

ARTICULATION OF RESPONSE (CLARITY, ORGANIZATION, MECHANICS):

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate provides unsatisfactory articulation of response.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides limited articulation of response.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides adequate articulation of response.

A: CAUSES OF CONFLICT

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate does not provide a discussion of any causes of workplace conflict between the city’s police officers and city management in the current situation.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides an inadequate discussion of causes of workplace conflict between the city’s police officers and city management in the current situation. The discussion may be incomplete, poorly reasoned, unclearly explained, or lacking sufficient support.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides a logical discussion of 3 causes of workplace conflict between the city’s police officers and city management in the current situation. The discussion is comprehensive, well-reasoned, clearly explained, and sufficiently supported.

B: POSSIBLE SHORT-TERM OUTCOMES OF UNRESOLVED CONFLICT

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate does not provide a discussion of any possible short-term outcomes if the conflict is not resolved.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides an inadequate discussion of possible short-term outcomes if the conflict is not resolved. The discussion may be incomplete, poorly reasoned, unclearly explained, or lacking sufficient support.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides a logical discussion of 2 possible short-term outcomes if the conflict is not resolved. The discussion is comprehensive, well-reasoned, clearly explained, and sufficiently supported.

C: POSSIBLE LONG-TERM OUTCOMES OF UNRESOLVED CONFLICT

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate does not provide a discussion of any possible long-term outcomes if the conflict is not resolved.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides an inadequate discussion of possible long-term outcomes if the conflict is not resolved. The discussion may be incomplete, poorly reasoned, unclearly explained, or lacking sufficient support.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides a logical discussion of 2 possible long-term outcomes if the conflict is not resolved. The discussion is comprehensive, well-reasoned, clearly explained, and sufficiently supported.

D: POSSIBLE ACTIONS FOR RESOLVING CONFLICT

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate does not provide a discussion of any possible actions for resolving the current conflict about overtime pay.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides an inadequate discussion of possible actions for resolving the current conflict about overtime pay. The discussion may be incomplete, poorly reasoned, unclearly explained, or lacking sufficient support.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides a logical discussion of 3 possible actions for resolving the current conflict about overtime pay. The discussion is comprehensive, well-reasoned, clearly explained, and sufficiently supported.

E1: PREVENTING NEGATIVE CONFLICT

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate does not provide a discussion of any basic components of a work culture that prevent negative conflict.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides an inadequate discussion of basic components of a work culture that prevent negative conflict. The discussion may be incomplete, poorly reasoned, unclearly explained, or lacking sufficient support.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides a logical discussion of 2 basic components of a work culture that prevent negative conflict. The discussion is comprehensive, well-reasoned, clearly explained, and sufficiently supported.

E2: REVISION OF JOB SPECIFICATIONS

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate does not provide any new specifications for the “required” section of the attached “Job Description of City Police Officers.”

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides inadequate new specifications for the “required” section of the attached “Job Description of City Police Officers.” The job competencies may not relate to a candidate’s ability to effectively manage workplace conflict. The job competencies may be incomplete, illogical, or inappropriate in length and format.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides 2 new specifications for the “required” section of the attached “Job Description of City Police Officers” that relate to a candidate’s ability to effectively manage workplace conflict. The job competencies are complete, logically constructed, clear, and appropriate in length and format.

E3: INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate does not provide any situational interview questions.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides inadequate situational interview questions. The questions may not effectively illuminate a job candidate’s competency in managing a workplace conflict. The questions may be incomplete, illogical, or inappropriate in length and format.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides 3 situational interview questions designed to illuminate a job candidate’s competency in managing a workplace conflict. The questions are complete, logically constructed, clear, and appropriate in length and format.

F: EVALUATION METHODS

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate does not provide an explanation of any methods for evaluating improvement in employee relations in the city police department.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides an inadequate explanation of methods for evaluating improvement in employee relations in the city police department. The explanation may be incomplete, unclear, lacking sufficient evidence, or inappropriate in length and format.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides a logical explanation of 2 methods for evaluating improvement in employee relations in the city police department. The explanation is comprehensive, clear, sufficiently supported, and appropriate in length and format.

G: SOURCES

NOT EVIDENT

There is evidence of quoted, paraphrased or summarized content without acknowledgement of source information. This level is also appropriate if task instructions require the candidate to quote, paraphrase or summarize content from a source to complete the assessment, and this has not yet been done.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides required acknowledgement of source information for quoted, paraphrased and summarized content. However, source information is incomplete or inaccurate with respect to author, date, title and/or the location of the information (e.g., publisher, journal or website URL).

COMPETENT

The candidate provides source information for all quoted, paraphrased and summarized content. Source information appears to include accurate and complete acknowledgement of source information regarding the author, date, title and location of the information (e.g., publisher, journal or website URL). This level is also appropriate if there is no evidence of quoted, paraphrased or summarized content, and it is not required by the instructions.

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