What are the characteristics of an effective work group? Explain each of the characteristics making reference to academic sources.

Individual Coursework Brief
For the role you have selected for the Employee Selection Group Coursework:

Task 1: What are the characteristics of an effective work group? Explain each of the characteristics making reference to academic sources. Then reflect on your own experience in working in a group for the group assignment and evaluate the effectiveness of your group. (20%, approx. 500 words)
Guidance: Although there is no best approach to this task, students may find it easier if they, firstly, list and explain the characteristics of an effective work group and cite appropriate academic sources in doing this. Week 1 lecture and Ch.8 in Mullins is particularly useful here. Secondly, they should reflect on their own experience of working in a group for the group assignment in this module and provide their own evaluation of how effective their own group was, making particular reference to some of these characteristics.

Task 2: Which retention strategies can organisations use? Thinking about retaining your newly recruited employee, discuss the retention strategies you can use. Justify your answer making reference to academic sources. (20%, approx. 500 words)
Guidance: Although there is no best approach to this task, students may find it easier if they, firstly, give an overview of the retention strategies available and explain each one. HRM textbooks and relevant academic journal articles can be used to do this. Ch.8 in Leatherbarrow & Fletcher is useful here. Secondly, reflect on their newly recruited employee (from the groupwork) and discuss which of these retention strategies would be most appropriate in a small organisation and explain why.

Task 3: Discuss the importance of performance appraisals for managing the performance of your newly recruited employee. Make reference to academic sources to support your answer. (20%, approx. 500 words)
Guidance: Although there is no best approach to this task, students may find it easier if they, firstly, give an overview of the literature (from HRM textbooks and relevant academic journal articles) on the importance of performance appraisals. Ch.11 in Leatherbarrow & Fletcher is useful here. Secondly, reflect on their newly recruited employee (from the groupwork) and discuss how performance appraisals can help them manage the new employees performance.

Task 4: What are the different types of organisational culture? Explain them making reference to academic sources. Reflect on your own hypothetical business which you used for the groupwork. Which type of organisational culture would you like to develop in your business and why? (10%, approx. 500 words)
Guidance: Although there is no best approach to this task, students may find it easier if they, firstly, provide some definitions of organisational culture (from HR textbooks and relevant academic journal articles) and explain the types of culture. Classifications are provided by Handy and by Deal and Kennedy (see Mullins Ch. 15 and Leatherbarrow & Fletcher Ch.2). Secondly, students can reflect on their newly established company (from the groupwork) and discuss the type of culture they would like to develop in their business and explain the reasons for this choice.