1. What is the mission of the EEOC? What is the mission of Affirmative Action? What is the difference between affirmative action and equal employment opportunity? Do you think there is still a need for affirmative action? What about the EEOC? Why or why not?
2. With baby boomers retiring now and over the next decade, what should HR be doing to prepare for a leadership vacuum? What potential problems do you see these firms encountering?
3. What types of recruiting activities could an HR professional engage to attract, recruit, and retain a diverse workforce?
4. When deciding what type of selection tools to use when recruiting — what are some of the ethical and legal issues HR should consider? If you were an HR Manager what types of tests would you consider using and what types would you avoid?
5. What do you think are some of the main drawbacks of relying on informal on-the-job training for helping new employees become competent on their jobs? What type of training do you believe would be most helpful to new employees? Be sure to explain the rationale behind your choices.
6. Over the last 50 years, the United States labor economy has changed from a manufacturing to service and technology focus. Other than the obvious changes, such as fewer mine tragedies and more carpal tunnel syndrome, what other trends in employment safety do you predict, and what is your evidence for that prediction? How should companies respond? How would you respond? Why?
7. (2-part Question) What assignments from this course aligned with your profession? How can the lessons you have learned positively affect your career success (now or in the future)? Be specific, and discuss how these lessons will enhance your career and workplace success.
Optional: On average, over 80% of a CEO’s pay is connected to stock price, and thus, if the company does well, the CEO gets rewarded handsomely. In addition, some entrepreneur CEOs risk their family’s livelihood and invest all their personal savings to start a company. They work twice as many hours a week as most American workers, and they provide motivation for new entrants into the market that there can be a major payoff. But is this payoff too high? Are American CEOs paid too much? Why, or why not?