Introduction to Management

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Assessment item 2” Report 30%
Due date: Report “ Due 11:45 pm AEST Thursday of Week 10 ASSESSMENT
Weighting: Overall 30% Length: 3000 words +/- 10% (excluding references & appendices) 2
Objectives
This assessment item relates to the course learning outcomes numbers 1- 5 as listed on page 1.
Assignment Question
You are a department manager within a large Government organisation. You have five direct reports
from team leaders of various sections within your department and 200 indirect reports. Your
organisation has a very large and diverse customer base. Customer service is a key priority and the
organisation has a very active complaints and compliments program. Being a Government
organisation, the organisation is very well established and is very bureaucratic. Staff operate under quite
rigid policies, procedures and processes, as well as strict start and finish times. In addition, the
organisation receives funding based on reports submitted. Excellence in timely and accurate data entry
and record keeping is crucial, as is well trained staff who are specialised in their areas. Your staff base
is primarily women with 50% Baby Boomers, 30% Generation X and 20% Generation Y, with many of
the Baby Boomers employed for very long periods of time with the organisation. You have just
completed an analysis of your department and you have submitted the report to the CEO. Some of the
key areas you note are:
· Generation Y staff are quite dissatisfied with working for the organisation and feel there are no
career opportunities; staff are not friendly and the work is sometimes boring.
· Generation X staff find it very difficult to balance their work and home life, and management
appear unsympathetic to their needs.
· Baby Boomers feel the Generation Y staff are very lazy and show no commitment to the
organisation and have a poor work ethic. The Baby Boomers complain about picking up the slack,
and that the younger staff seem to spend more time fiddling with their mobiles and on Facebook.
· Most staff feel extremely stressed and overworked.
· Most staff feel communication is poor and they would like more input into how work is undertaken;
however Baby Boomers believe the procedures are there for a reason and nothing should change.
· Data entry errors are high and record keeping (customer files, filing etc) are a poor standard.
· Customer complaints are constant.
· There is a medium attrition rate for Generation X and a high attrition rate for Generation Y.
· Many staff in general appear apathetic and lack motivation.
The CEO has requested that you submit a report with an executive summary and
recommendations on how you will lead and manage your department to resolve these problems;
remembering that there is a moratorium on employing any additional staff.
Please ensure that you include a cover page clearly stating your name, student number,
course name and assignment number.
You are expected to support your arguments by reading widely and applying theory
and/or models from the literature.
Please note: A minimum of ten (10) scholarly references are required for this assignment.

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