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Hi all this Irina, doing MBA, I want your help to prepare some Human Resource Planning related question. Plz all post some short questions for me. Some question like "what is the difference between HRM & HRP". Thank you so much.
16th October 2011 From Bangladesh, Dhaka

Case Study - You Know the Rules, Brenda!

“But Ms. Gilbert, this just isn’t fair! I’m away from the conveyor belt for five minutes and you’re going to suspend me for two weeks? Aw, come on, Ms. Gilbert.”

“Listen,” replied Nancy Gilbert, “you know the rules, Brenda! No one is allowed to leave their work station without permission from their supervisor. I’m your supervisor and you left your job without permission. And don’t give me that ‘five minute’ crap! I glanced at my watch when you left-it was 10:20. You came back at 10:40!”

“That’s not right, Ms. Gilbert,” retorted Brenda. “I had to check with my daughter’s nursery school. She’s been sick for the past few days. I was always less than five minutes. Hell, everyone around here leaves their jobs for a few minutes without getting permission. This just isn’t fair. I’ve been here for two years and I know I didn’t do anything wrong!”

“Look, Brenda. That’s the whole problem around here. I may have only been a supervisor for a few months, but I’m not stupid. People around here get away with murder. You break the rules and your boss looks the other way. Well, no more! We’re going to shape up this department!”

“But why me, Ms. Gilbert? You know how I need this job. I just can’t afford two weeks without pay,” explained Brenda.

“Well, that’s too bad. You should have thought about that before you broke the rule. No, Brenda. You knew the rules around here. You left your work station without permission. The suspension stands.”


1. Has Nancy Gilbert treated Brenda fairly?

2. How would you have handled this situation?

3. Contrast Gilbert's disciplinary action with the "hot stove" rules.
18th December 2011 From Bangladesh, Dhaka
Dear Irina,
As an MBA student it's for you to find the solution. I would suggest that you post what you think should the solution be and then some exterts will say whether you are on the right lines.
Have a nice day.
Leaning and Teaching Fellow (Retd)
The University of Bolton, UK
Chief Advisor, Promentor-consulting

18th December 2011 From United Kingdom
Dear Mr. Simhan Thank you so much for your reply. Kindly find the attachment whr I have prepared the answers and I hope you will suggest me some points so that I can improve my assignment.
19th December 2011 From Bangladesh, Dhaka

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Please see Management principles of hot stove--International,Seek for Glasses all over the world. <link updated to site home> for a discussion on "hot stove rules". Then, compare and contrast the supervisor's action under the 5 success factors enumerated in the brief article.
The first 3 paras are a copy and paste job from Disciplinary Action, Management Textbook, Workbook | Human Resource Management This is called plagiarism and is a very serious academic offence.
Have a nice day.
19th December 2011 From United Kingdom
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