Select an article of your choice, published within the past three years, related to a topic in this module.

It is important for HRM professionals to keep up on the HRM field. In the SLP assignment in this class, you will be investigating an HRM practitioner publication, HR Magazine (found in ProQuest from the Trident Online Library). It is the main publication of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)—the largest professional association dedicated to HR professionals.

Select an article of your choice, published within the past three years, related to a topic in this module. Discuss the following:

What main points does the author (or authors) make? Do you agree? Why or why not? What would make this article stronger? Bring in at least one other author viewpoint on the topic (from your background readings or library research), comparing or contrasting it to the article that you read.

You have a choice for the format of your submission, either submit:

  1. An essay (2–3 pages, not counting the cover page or the Reference page) which includes an introduction and conclusion

or

  1. A PowerPoint presentation with speaker notes on each slide. Not counting the cover slide or the Reference slide, your slide presentation should be 3–5 slides.

SLP Assignment Expectations

Your submission will be evaluated using the criteria as stated in the SLP rubric. The following is a review of the rubric criteria:

  • Assignment-Driven: Does the submission fully address all aspects of the assignment? Is the assignment addressed accurately and precisely using sound logic? Does the submission meet minimum length requirements?
  • Critical Thinking: Does the submission demonstrate graduate-level analysis, in which information derived from multiple sources, expert opinions, and assumptions has been critically evaluated and synthesized in the formulation of a logical set of conclusions? Does the submission address the topic with sufficient depth of discussion and analysis?
  • Business Writing: Is the submission logical, well organized, and well written? Are the grammar, spelling, and vocabulary appropriate for graduate-level work? Are section headings included? Are paraphrasing and synthesis of concepts the primary means of responding, or is justification/support instead conveyed through excessive use of direct quotations?
  • Effective Use of Information: Does the submission demonstrate that the student has read, understood and can apply the background materials for the module? If required, has the student demonstrated effective research, as evidenced by student’s use of relevant and quality sources? Do additional sources used provide strong support for conclusions drawn, and do they help in shaping the overall submission?
  • Citing Sources: Does the student demonstrate understanding of APA Style of referencing, by inclusion of proper citations (for paraphrased text and direct quotations) as appropriate? Have all sources (e.g., references used from the Background page, the assignment readings, and outside research) been included, and are these properly cited? Have all sources cited in the submission been included on the References page?

 

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A Culture of Complicity at The Weinstein Company

Gurchiek, Kathy.HRNews; Alexandria (Oct 10, 2017).

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[…]a sex scandal at San Francisco-based Social Finance, an online lending start-up known as SoFi, led to an investigation into harassment claims against its CEO, Mike Cagney, and his eventual departure in September. Legally speaking, it’s a form of sexual discrimination, which violates Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act. (Business Management Daily) New EEOC Training Helps Employers Create Respectful Workplaces HR professionals can help turn around a toxic environment in their workplaces by changing the corporate culture. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is offering new training to help employers create respectful workplace environments.

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Hollywood film executive Harvey Weinstein—the man behind such hit movies as “Pulp Fiction” and “Shakespeare in Love”—was fired Sunday from the company he co-founded and the company is expected to distance itself from him by changing its name. Latest reports now accuse him of rape.

Weinstein was removed days after The New York Times published an investigation that revealed he was accused repeatedly of sexual harassment over three decades. On the heels of the Times report, The New Yorker published the results of its own 10-month investigation. It includes new sexual harassment accusations and a description of a culture of complicity—including a recurring situation known as a “honeypot,” in which Weinstein allegedly used other, often female staff to attend meetings to make a victim feel safe before being dismissed by the mogul, leaving him alone with a woman.

Weinstein’s termination is the latest among a number of powerful men who have been ousted this year after allegations of sexual misconduct. They include Bill O’Reilly and Eric Bolling at Fox News and Fox Sports national president Jamie Horowitz. Roger Ailes, the longtime Fox News chairman, was fired in 2016 for similar allegations.

Uber, the ride-hailing company based in San Francisco, has begun making changes to its company after an investigation into claims of sexual harassment, gender bias and retaliation. And a sex scandal at San Francisco-based Social Finance, an online lending start-up known as SoFi, led to an investigation into harassment claims against its CEO, Mike Cagney, and his eventual departure in September.

SHRM Online has rounded up the latest news on Harvey Weinstein and the accusations that drove him out of the company he founded. Here are resources and news articles from other trusted media outlets.

A Recording and 3 Allegations of Rape: Harvey Weinstein Story Just Got So Much Worse

Lucia Evans, who was an aspiring actress when she met Weinstein in 2004, told The New Yorker that Weinstein sexually assaulted her that year.

“I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t. I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him. … He’s a big guy. He overpowered me,” according to The New Yorker.

(Washington Post)

What ‘Everybody Knew’ about Harvey Weinstein Should Have Been Enough for Him to Face Consequences

One possible step to contain private abuse is to better police publicly abusive behavior — to recognize that the stereotypical “phone-throwing boss” is likely to misbehave in all sorts of unseen ways if his public abuse is tolerated.

(Business Insider)

Sexual Harassment: What Managers Need to Know

Sexual harassment occurs in the workplace when one person attempts to exert power over another through sexual intimidation. Legally speaking, it’s a form of sexual discrimination, which violates Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act.

(Business Management Daily)

New EEOC Training Helps Employers Create Respectful Workplaces

HR professionals can help turn around a toxic environment in their workplaces by changing the corporate culture. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is offering new training to help employers create respectful workplace environments.

Its two new harassment prevention programs—”Leading for Respect” for supervisors and “Respect in the Workplace” for employees—deal with civility, acceptable workplace conduct and behaviors that contribute to an inclusive workplace.

(SHRM Online)

As Its Namesake Founder Becomes a Liability, His Company Weighs Name Change

The Weinstein Company is considering changing its name as it moves to distance itself from former co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, the larger-than-life Hollywood mogul who was once the studio’s biggest asset, but who has become its biggest liability.

The studio has enlisted two ad agencies to develop a new brand identity, a person close to the company said. In addition, Weinstein’s name is being scrubbed from the credits of coming film and television projects.

(Wall Street Journal; registration required)

Harvey Weinstein Scandal: What’s Next for Hollywood?

Harvey Weinstein may have been fired but an internal investigation will proceed. The company said it had retained an independent law firm “to undertake a thorough and independent investigation.”

This will be a financial burden on the company, with Forbes reporting such investigations can cost between $20 million and $40 million to carry out. Forbes also said the company would find it more expensive to raise funds in the future.

Jenni Konner, executive producer of the HBO series “Girls,” told The New York Times on Sunday: “I see this as a tipping point. This is the moment we look back on and say, ‘That’s when it all started to change.'”

(BBC)

Can Companies Like Uber, Equifax Find Redemption After Scandals?

It’s rarely smooth sailing for any company, but sometimes the brands we know and use run into choppy waters and their actions can determine whether they sink or keep going.

(NBC News)

Credit: Kathy Gurchiek

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