HRM Story in a Nutshell (Part 1)

This is the first episode of the story of Jonathan and Rachel to review the key issues of HRM in the Nutshell

In this story I will share my views on HRM in a Nutshell – to make a complex topic, so simple to enable an ordinary person on the street to apply some of the learnings, if he/she deems fit.

The information shared in this story is personal and I respect all differing opinions and feelings. No apologies required.

The story begins with a married couple with a son and a daughter. The children grew up in a competitive environment/society where honor, money, and prestige are important. The children went to reputable schools, and they both did well in school, and graduated with Bachelor’s degrees.

Jonathan the son obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts, and Rachel gained a Bachelor’s Degree in Science. Both of them started work soon after their graduation.

One month after Jonathan and Rachel joined the workforce, I had conversations with both of them and captured the following:

OHH: Jonathan, how’s work?

Jonathan: Ok. But, I would expect to be given more attention from my immediate supervisor who seemed to be very busy all the time.

OHH: What is your experience Rachel?

Rachel: Um! I kind of felt that the only thing that was happening in the office was work, work, and work. Nobody seemed interested to know what I have been doing and none shared with me about their work, also. How are we going to work together as a team?

(Rachel was obviously disappointed).

OHH: I can empathize with the both of you. What would you like to see, happen?

Jonathan: I would like to see more efforts done to new employees like me, at least in the first 4 weeks of employment. I would like to know what others in the company do, and how their work are related to mine so that we can help each other to meet the department’s goals and the company’s goals and objectives. I would like to be given
more directions on what to expect on the short-term and long-term, as well as to discuss with my immediate supervisor on what I could do to achieve the requirements.

OHH: Thank you Jonathan, I know you have more things to share and we’ll get back to you later, after we talk to Rachel.

Rachel: I agree with what Jonathan said and would share my wish list, too. I wish my boss could ask me how I could contribute to make improvements on my job. I know it may be too early as I just joined the company, but the least my boss could do is to start the ball rolling. I joined the company thinking that I would be an asset, and after 4 weeks
on the job, I felt that I am a liability. My boss was busy, my colleagues were busy, and I was left very much to do my own things, so I spent my time reading old records, checking documents, and some routine and mundane activities including answering phone calls when no one seemed interested to pick up the phone. I want to pause here and reflect on what we could learn from this episode.

Two questions came to mind when I reflected on the above:

1. What does your company do on Employee Orientation and Induction?

2. What would you do if you were the HR Director of the company?