Human Resources

In recent years Hewlett-Packard has gone back and forth about whether it should retain or drop its computer division. In 2002 Carly Fiorina led the acquisition of (merger with) Compaq, a rival computer company. Some felt that this bold move diverged from a long-standing strategy based on innovation. Selling computers is viewed as almost a commodity business—to succeed in this market requires a low cost strategy. Historically, HP has been a company known for innovation as a primary strategy. Its mea-surement and computer peripherals businesses (e.g., printers) were successful largely because of first-to-market benefits driven by an innovative culture. Clearly the acquisition of Compaq caused some challenges for HP’s Human Resources group. Almost from the start the board questioned the Compaq acquisition. Eventually Ms. Fiorina was asked to leave. In the aftermath of the CEO change, the battles have continued over keeping Compaq versus divesting. Using what you learned in Chapter 9 about the linkage between strategy and HR policy/practices, suggest the difficulties that HR faced after the Compaq acquisition. Recent news about HP indicates they will keep the computer business. Suggest things you might do as a benefits manager at HP that would both balance low cost mandates and in-novation aspirations. How might you structure communications, cost saving/controls, and new design issues to both save on benefit costs and reinforce innovation? Each suggestion should be mindful of both constraints. When you are done, indicate the challenges of being both a low-cost provider and innovator under the same corporate roof.

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HUMAN RESOURCE

1. As claimed in “Where Have All the High-Paying Jobs Gone?”, as the U.S. labor market gains strength, the overwhelming bulk of new job creation and hiring has come from:

   a. large, publicly traded corporations.

   b. overseas companies.

   c. U.S. manufacturers.

   d. private-sector small businesses.

2. As explained in “Where Have All the High-Paying Jobs Gone?”, the “catch” to the recent increase in jobs in the United States is that the:

   a. pay and benefits being offered are inadequate for trained U.S.

      workers.

   b. skills required are beyond those of most U.S. workers.

   c. majority of the available jobs require advanced education and

      training.

   d. available openings are primarily in manufacturing.

3. As reported in “Where Have All the High-Paying Jobs Gone?”, some of the largest job increases in the United States since the beginning of the economic recovery have been in the area of:

   a. construction.

   b. finance.

   c. retail trade.

   d. management.

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4. As stated in “Where Have All the High-Paying Jobs Gone?”, the upward trend in small-business employment has resulted in decreased hours and increased pay for small-business employees.

5. According to “Opening Keynote: Rethinking Pay for Performance,” the compensation rules crafted on Capitol Hill:

   a. more strongly connect pay to performance.

   b. stimulate incentive on every level.

   c. will hurt efforts to retain skilled managers.

   d. are too complex.

6. As noted in “Opening Keynote: Rethinking Pay for Performance,” pay differentials between senior executives and lower-level employees:

   a. continue to shrink.

   b. have no affect on social tensions.

   c. are less noticeable in the deepening recession.

   d. will generate more anger.

7. As reported in “Workplace Bullying Threatens Employers,” Robert Nobile of Seyfarth Shaw LLP contends that current laws:

   a. are sufficient to protect workers.

   b. go too far in regulating behavior.

   c. have gaps in what they cover.

   d. are not being enforced.

8. As noted in “Workplace Bullying Threatens Employers,” Garry G. Mathiason of Littler Mendelson PC contends that the proposed anti-bullying law will:

   a. reduce violence in the workplace.

   b. create a cause of action where one does not exist.

   c. change the nature of workplace communication.

   d. have little impact on employers.

9. According to “Making Benefits Matter,” the benefit identified as the most important in the Benefits Survey was:

   a. life insurance.

   b. stock options.

   c. retirement savings.

   d. healthcare insurance.

10. As explained in “Ways to Phase Retirement,” a phased retirement program refers to a program in which:

   a. all retirement-eligible employees leave a company at the same

      time.

   b. retirement-eligible employees stagger their separation from a

      company based on age and years of employment.

   c. retiring or retired employees continue to work at, or return to,

      a company, with reduced hours and other accommodations.

   d. retired employees sacrifice their company pension in order to

      maintain their employment.

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