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LO1 Apply the principles of employee relations in an organisational context.

Unit Number and Title

Unit 20 – Employee Relations

Academic Year

2019-20

 Cohort

Sep 18

Term

5

Assignment Title

A report on the extent to which employee relations can influence the behaviour of different stakeholders

 

SubmissionFormat:

Assignment Guidelines:

  • The submission must be in the specific format(s) as specified in the assignment brief instructions. This could be a variety of formats such as report, essay, presentation, poster etc.
  • The assignment must be submitted in a MS Word© format, or equivalent.
    A PDF submission will be classed as a Non-Submission


  • Use a standard report or essay structure (if specified), word-process the report and use a normal script of font size 10 to 11. Line spacing 1.5. Pages should be numbered and include a Table of Contents where appropriate.
  • The overall word limit of 3,000 to 3,500 words is recommended, although you will not be penalised for exceeding the word count.
  • Complete the title page and sign the statement of authenticity (see above). These details should be included in the front page of your assignment.
  • All work should be comprehensively referenced and all sources must be fully acknowledged, such as books and journals, websites (include the date of visit), etc.
  • Include a References/Bibliography at the end of the assignment. Use the Harvard referencing system.
  • To achieve a Pass you need to address all Pass criteria.
  • To achieve a Merit you need to address all the Merit criteria along with Pass criteria.
  • To achieve a Distinction you need to address all the Distinction criteria along with the Pass and M erit criteria.          
  • Use a common structure in writing, for example:

    • Introduction (analyse the question.)
    • Underpinning Knowledge (write about the relevant theory/points)
    • Applied knowledge (Application to a business scenario and supported by applicable data)
    • Conclusions and Recommendations (summarizing the whole scenario keeping in view pass, merit, distinction criteria.)

Where you are required to select an organisation please ensure you use your selected organisation(s) to provide context and application of knowledge wherever required. Information about your organisation must be supported by actual evidence with in-text citations and references for the sources of information. General statements that could apply to any organisation should be avoided.

Resubmission

A resubmission opportunity Is available to any student that has a referral or did not submit in the first submission period. When resubmitting changes made to the assignment should reflect feedback received. The entire assignment should be uploaded and not just referred sections/tasks. If referred on 2nd submission this may lead to retaking the assignment with full attendance and payment of course fees.

Please ensure you are familiar with the learning outcomes and their criteria that must be met in order to achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade. See table below.

UnitLearningOutcomes:

LO1 Apply the principles of employee relations in an organisational context.

LO2 Determine appropriate advice relating to rights, duties and obligations of the employment relationship.

LO3 Analyse the role of different stakeholders who support positive employment relationships.

LO4 Evaluate the broader impact of negative and positive employee relationships.

AssignmentBriefandGuidance:

Introduction 

The aim of this unit is to develop students’ understanding of the extent to which employee relationships impact on stakeholders who are internal and external to an organisation. Students will also be in a position to judge the possible outcome of employee relationship situations, which will support an effective conflict avoidance intervention. Students will develop the skills required to understand the models, practice and process of employee relations in a broad context.

On successful completion of this unit, students will have the confidence to contribute to the effective management of the employment relationship in a number of situations and context. Students will be in a strong position to advise employers on matters such as equality and diversity, contemporary developments in employee relations and conflict avoidance.

Assignment Scenario:

For this assignment, you need to select an organisation of your choice. This can be the organisation you are currently working for, an organisation you have previously worked for or any organisation of your choice. Please be aware that research is required for this assignment so you must use an actual organisation for which you can find relevant information.

You are working as a Junior HR manager in your selected organisation. As part of the responsibilities, you have been asked to demonstrate an ability to review the extent to which employee relations can influence the behaviour of different stakeholders. Your Director of Human Resources for your selected organisation has asked you to produce a report comprising of two parts:

PART I of your report, requires you to explore various mechanisms for managing the employment relationship and provide justified solutions for a range of specific organisational examples

Guidance:

The report must evidence a discussion of the value and importance of employee relations in application to specific organisational examples and an explanation of the fundamentals of employment law that apply to specific organisational examples. You must also explain the different types of rights, duties and obligations an employer and employee has in the work place and based on the explanation, you must also determine appropriate advice relating to rights, duties and obligations for a range of given organisational examples. A further analysis of the value and importance of employee relations in terms of improving business outcomes using specific examples and an evaluation of the psychological contract and support for employee work life balance in relation to rights, duties and obligations of the employment relationship should be carried out as part of the report.

In the report, you must include a discussion on the value and importance of employee relations, an explanation of  some fundamentals of employment law, explain the different types of rights, duties and obligations an employer and employee has within the workplace and determine appropriate advice relating to rights, duties and obligations of the employment relationship for a range of given organisational examples. The report should include an evaluation of the psychological contract and support for employee work life balance in relation to rights, duties and obligations of the employment relationship.

PART II of your report requires you to make justified conclusions and recommendations based on critical insight into the role of different stakeholders and the broader impact of employee relationships.

Guidance:

To be able to make valid conclusions and recommendations, the report must include an analysis of how stakeholder engagement and contribution can support positive employment relationships within an organisation and an evaluation of the impact of both positive and negative employee relations within the workplace.  Also a detailed examination of different stakeholder perspectives and interest in broader business environments to support positive employment relationships as well as a critical evaluation on how both positive and negative employee relationships can affect employee engagement, motivation and performance could be undertaken.

Before making conclusions and recommendations, you must include an analysis of how stakeholder engagement and contribution can support positive employment relationships within an organisation and critically evaluate how both positive and negative employee relationships can affect employee engagement, motivation and performance.

 

The module will be assessed and graded against the Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria as specified in the assessment grid below issued by the awarding body, Pearson Edexcel.

Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

Pass

Merit

Distinction

LO1 Apply the principles of employee relations in an organisational context

LO1 & 2

D1 Explore various mechanisms for managing the employment relationship and make justified solutions for a range of specific organisational examples.

P1 Explain the value and importance of employee relations in application to specific organisational examples.

P2 Explain the fundamentals of employment law that apply to specific organisational examples.

M1 Make valid suggestions on how an organisation could improve and respond effectively to employee relations.

LO2 Determine appropriate advice relating to rights, duties and obligations of the employment relationship

P3 Explain the different types of rights, duties and obligations an employer and employee has within the workplace.

P4 Determine appropriate advice relating to rights, duties and obligations of the employment relationship for a range of given organisational examples.

M2 Evaluate the psychological contract and support for employee work life balance in relation to rights, duties and obligations of the employment relationship

LO3 Analyse the role of different stakeholders who support positive employment relationships

LO3 & 4

D2 Examine in detail different stakeholder perspectives and interests in the broader business environment to support positive employment relationships.

P5 Conduct and complete a stakeholder analysis for a given organisation.

M3 Analyse how stakeholder engagement and contribution can support positive employment relationships within an organisation

LO4 Evaluate the broader impact of negative and positive employee relationships

P6 Analyse the impact of both positive and negative employee relations on different stakeholders.

M4 Evaluate how positive and negative employee relationships can affect conflict avoidance and resolution.

Recommended Resources

Textbooks

AYLOTT, E. (2014) Employee Relations. London: Kogan Page.

BRIDGER, E. (2014) Employee Engagement. London: Kogan Page.

WILLIAMS, S. (2014) Introducing Employment Relations: A Critical Approach.  3rd Ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Journals

Employee Relations: An International Journal

Employee Relations

Work, Employment and Society

Links

This unit links to the following related units:

Unit 3: Human Resource Management

Unit 7: Business Law

Unit 12: Organisational Behaviour

Unit 17: Understanding and Leading Change

Unit 29: Managing and Running a Small Business

Please access HN Global for additional resources support and reading for this unit. For further guidance and support on report writing please refer to the Study Skills Unit on HN Global (www.highernationals.com)

Command Verbs

Below is a list of some of the Command Verbs that you will see in internal assessments. Different command verbs will ask for different types of information.

Please note that sometimes command verbs may be used across the range of criteria. For example you may be asked to provide an analysis or an evaluation for Pass criteria.

These are common command verbs for Pass Criteria

            List - Write a list of the main items (not sentences)

            State – Point out the main features

            Define - To state the meaning of something using the correct terms

            Demonstrate - Show that you can do a particular activity or skill

Identify – Give all the basic facts which relate to a topic

Describe – Give reasons for the points you are marking so that the marker knows how you arrived at that conclusion

Summarise - Write down briefly the main points or essential features

These are common command verb for Merit Criteria

Discuss - To present an argument for and against

Explain - Give logical reasons to support your view

Describe - Give a full description including details of all the relevant features

Suggest - Give your own ideas and thoughts

Justify - Give reasons for the points you are marking so that the marker knows

Analyse - Identify the factors that apply, and state how these are linked and how each of them relates to the topic

Demonstrate - Prove you can carry out a more complex activity

These are common command verbs for Distinction Criteria

            Assess - Evaluate in terms of advantages and disadvantages

Analyse - Identify the factors that apply, and state how these are linked and how each of them relates to the topic

Recommend - Suggest changes or improvements

Evaluate - Break the information into components, examine factors methodically and in detail and bring together all of your information and make a judgement on the importance

Select & Demonstrate - Select several relevant examples or pieces of related evidence which clearly support the arguments you are making. This may include showing particular practical skills

Review - Consider each factor in turn providing a description and explanation of their uses, strength and weakness, making recommendations


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