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Assignment 3: Dismissal Meeting

Due Week 6 and worth 150 points

Imagine that you are an office manager and you have been tasked with the job of coordinating and heading the dismissal meeting for an employee layoff.

Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:

  1. Propose three (3) ways that a manager can cope with any negative emotions that may accompany an employee layoff.
  2. Describe a step-by-step process of conducting the dismissal meeting.
  3. Determine the compensation that the fictitious company may provide to the separated employee.
  4. Using Microsoft Word or an equivalent such as OpenOffice, create a chart that depicts the timeline of the disbursement of the compensation.
  5. Predict three (3) ways that this layoff may affect the company.
  6. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Formulate HRM strategies and policies to recruit, select, place, and retain the most efficient and effective workforce.
  • Develop effective talent management strategies to recruit and select employees.
  • Design processes to manage employee performance, retention, and separation.
  • Analyze laws governing employment and how organizations can ensure ethical practices.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in strategic human resource development.
  • Write clearly and concisely about strategic human resource development using proper writing mechanics.

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Dismissal meeting


Dismissal meeting

Employee layoff can come along with a lot of negative emotions because of the fact that
many get very disturbed emotionally and mentally. It is not an easy task for the managers to lay
off employees because of the possible outcomes that may come along with the act. Additionally,
the remaining employees will have to cover the responsibilities of those that have been laid off
and they may be overworking and straining in performing the tasks (Jex, 2002). However, when
an organization has a strategy that it has to implement in the employee restructuring, the layoff
has to be done and be best way to do it is through proper communication and preparing the
employees for the layoff plans that are underway. Some of the ways that the managers can cope
with the negative emotions attributed to the employee layoff can include:
Developing proper communication plans: prior to the dismissal meeting, as the office
manager, I have the obligation to develop a very structured communication plans. The
communication plan can be developed in a way that it entails all the necessary points that the
manager needs to pass to the employees during the meeting. The communication plan also has to
address the reasons behind the layoff plans so that the employees can be satisfied with the
decisions of the management.
Initial communication: it is important to give an insight of the feasible layoff activities
to the employees. Upon development of the communication plan, as the manager, i would
consider the initial stages of the communication in that the employees should be prepared for the
layoff plans before the message gets to be conveyed with the set of list in the communication
plan. Additionally, the communication with the employees has to be very sincere and open.



Basing the layoff decisions on honest grounds helps the managers to avoid the negative emo...

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