December 12, 2005

For the week of 12/12/05

The class is almost done and I would like to thank all the teachers, TAs, and my classmates for a great semester. I feel the best parts of the class were the simulation and the personality tests. See you all next semester!

December 04, 2005

For the week of 12/5/05

My learning plan is almost complete and I feel it to be a satisfactory project. I do feel somewhat lacking in some areas but have attributed it to problems that might be unsolvable. I cannot possibly go into full details or factor for every future imaginable obstacle. Our simulation is almost done and I think our "workers" are more productive and happy than they have ever been. The whole simulation has become routine and we can accomplish the tasks in about an hour. Once the first few simulations are done and you have hired the majority of people and established most of the programs the simulation is extremely easy to manage.

November 28, 2005

For the week of 11/28

The class seems to be winding down, as is our group simulation. We have performed to the best of our abilities and we seem to have the project on "auto" right now, that is, we have the process down to a routine. The peer editing session for our learning plan IIs was extremely helpful in getting an idea of how our peers are doing things. My partner's Learning Plan II was very long and had volumes of information. While I thought that too much planning would surely lead to failure I think the view of what someone else was doing helped. Particularly in the area of writing down my "crazy dreams".

The group session has been going well but I have been unable to attend several meetings due to a family emergency. I feel bad but it was unavoidable and I feel my team has the process well in hand.

November 21, 2005

For the Week of 11/21/05

I've completed my learning plan and I'm pretty happy with the outcome. As for the performance appraisals that we've been doing it has been exceptionally informative. I thought it was interesting how so many people had no real idea of how to objectively rate their own teachers. In fact, it made me question many of my views as to how to rate my own teachers.
The simulation has proceeded well and the group usually winds up in agreement about all aspects involved by the end of the meeting. I am impressed at how my original thoughts change after hearing what, for example, Liz or Ryan have to say.

November 14, 2005

Week of 11/14/05

In class we are going through the rounds of peer assessment and how to properly reward employees. This has probably been the most useful topic we've covered other than the personality tests and self assessments. Peer assessment and how to properly reward employees is so useful because we will all encounter it in our future careers and it is a big part of the job. Rewarding and retaining talent is one of the most important things an organization can do. As for the group project I am extremely pleased with the grades we've received thus far, especially the annual report.

October 31, 2005

Oct 31, 2005

Last week's Harrah's case was extremely informative and is possibly one of the most intriguing topics we've covered this semester in Management 250. I enjoyed writing my case and questioning my own views on how to best keep a work force happy. I was also happy with my solution to the problems presented in the case: tying wage rates to the goal achieving abilities of the workforce.

The simulation continues to run well. In the previous week's simulation we were well under budget so we made it a point to use up some of the extra cash for fringe benefits and additional programs.

October 18, 2005

October 17, 2005 Entry

Our HR Simluation is proving to be easier as time goes on. At first a large number of programs had to be implemented where the effects would be unknown. As time went on, which is most likely the intended result, my group has gotten a feel for how the simluation should be run and what to do in every situation. I'm pleased with our wage and fringe benefits and the accident rates which were originally high for our group are on the decline because of our increased allocation of money to programs aimed at eliminating this problem.