Assignment 1: Your Organization’s Workforce Strategy

McKinsey developed the 7S model over 30 years ago and it has become a staple of organizational assessment ever since. The model is a simple tool that can be used to understand the alignment of an organization around 7 critical components:StrategyStructureSystemsStyleStaffSkillsShared ValuesIn this assignment you will examine 5 of these 7 components in the department or organization where you work. The Strategy (mission, vision and goals), Style (leadership), Staff (numbers, driven by budget), Skills (competencies) and Shared Values (the norms of behavior) all directly affect your workforce strategy. The workforce planning process is critical to distribute talent across an organization and to identify competency and personnel shortages in the organization, both for the short term and the long term.InstructionsUsing your current workplace, or an organization with which you are familiar, write 5 paragraphs describing and assessing your department or organization, using the questions below:1. Strategy – How well does your current workforce strategy align with and supportyour organization’s current business strategy?2. Style – What is the prevailing leadership style of your department or organization (e.g., participative, autocratic, collaborative)? Is it the appropriate style for the challenges you face?3. Staff – Do you have the numbers of employees needed to execute the current organizational strategy? If not, how do you intend to address the shortfall?4. Skills – Do you understand the competency requirements for your department or organization? Do you have the required competencies represented by your current staff? If not, how do you intend to address the shortfall?5. Shared values – Do the people in your workforce understand the norms of behavioryour department or organization requires? How do you ensure the continuity of those norms?
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Assignment 1: Your Organization’s Workforce Strategy
Introduction
McKinsey developed the 7S model over 30 years ago and it has become a staple of
organizational assessment ever since. The model is a simple tool that can be used to
understand the alignment of an organization around 7 critical components:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Strategy
Structure
Systems
Style
Staff
Skills
Shared Values
In this assignment you will examine 5 of these 7 components in the department or organization
where you work. The Strategy (mission, vision and goals), Style (leadership), Staff (numbers,
driven by budget), Skills (competencies) and Shared Values (the norms of behavior) all directly
affect your workforce strategy. The workforce planning process is critical to distribute talent
across an organization and to identify competency and personnel shortages in the organization,
both for the short term and the long term.
Instructions
Using your current workplace, or an organization with which you are familiar, write 5 paragraphs
describing and assessing your department or organization, using the questions below:
1. Strategy – How well does your current workforce strategy align with and support your
organization’s current business strategy?
2. Style – What is the prevailing leadership style of your department or organization (e.g.,
participative, autocratic, collaborative)? Is it the appropriate style for the challenges you face?
3. Staff – Do you have the numbers of employees needed to execute the current organizational
strategy? If not, how do you intend to address the shortfall?
4. Skills – Do you understand the competency requirements for your department or
organization? Do you have the required competencies represented by your current staff? If not,
how do you intend to address the shortfall?
5. Shared values – Do the people in your workforce understand the norms of behavior your
department or organization requires? How do you ensure the continuity of those norms?
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Formatting Requirements
Your assignment should follow these formatting requirements:
•
Typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12) with one-inch margins on
all sides.
•
Write about each of the indicated topics concisely and briefly – the total report should be
1 to 2 pages.
•
Be sure to include citations in your work.
•
Include a Cover Page with the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the
professor’s name, course title, and date.
NOTE: The Cover Page is not included in the required page length.
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RUBRIC – Assignment 1: Assess Your Organization’s Workforce Strategy
CRITERIA
Unsatisfactory
Low Pass
1. Describe and
assess the strategy
of your department
or organization.
Does not describe
and assess the
strategy of the
department or
organization.
Partially
describes and
assesses the
strategy of the
department or
organization.
High Pass
Honors
Satisfactorily
describes and
assesses the
strategy of the
department or
organization.
Gives a clear and
full description
and assessment
of the strategy of
the department or
organization.
Gives an excellent,
lucid description
and assessment of
the strategy of the
department or
organization.
Does not
describe and
assess the style of
the department or
organization.
Partially
describes and
assesses the
style of the
department or
organization.
Satisfactorily
describes and
assesses the
style of the
department or
organization.
Gives a clear and
full description
and assessment
of the style of the
department or
organization.
Gives an excellent,
lucid description
and assessment of
the style of the
department or
organization.
Does not
describe and
assess the staff of
the department or
organization.
Partially
describes and
assesses the
staff of the
department or
organization.
Satisfactorily
describes and
assesses the
staff of the
department or
organization.
Gives a clear and
full description
and assessment
of the staff of the
department or
organization.
Gives an excellent,
lucid description
and assessment of
the staff of the
department or
organization.
Does not
describe and
assess the skills of
the department or
organization.
Partially
describes and
assesses the
skills of the
department or
organization.
Satisfactorily
describes and
assesses the
skills of the
department or
organization.
Gives a clear and
full description
and assessment
of the skills of the
department or
organization.
Gives an excellent,
lucid description
and assessment of
the skills of the
department or
organization.
Does not
describe and
assess the shared
values of the
department or
organization.
Partially
describes and
assesses the
shared values of
the department
or organization.
Satisfactorily
describes and
assesses the
shared values of
the department
or organization.
Gives a clear and
full description
and assessment
of the shared
values of the
department or
organization.
Gives an excellent,
lucid description
and assessment of
the shared values
of the department
or organization.
Multiple
mechanical errors;
much of the text is
difficult to
understand or the
text does not flow;
student fails to
follow formatting
instructions.
Mechanical
errors make the
text difficult to
understand; text
does not flow;
student includes
unsupported
assessments.
Some
mechanical
errors; text flow
is satisfactory;
assessments are
generally
justified and
explained.
Few mechanical
errors; text flows
well; paper clearly
expresses the
student’s
assessment in a
manner that
logically develops
the topics.
Minimal minor
mechanical errors;
text flows very well;
paper expresses
the student’s
assessment in an
exemplary manner
and logically
develops the
topics.
Weight: 18%
2. Describe and
assess the style of
your department or
organization.
Weight: 18%
3. Describe and
assess the staff of
your department or
organization.
Weight: 18%
4. Describe and
assess the skills of
your department or
organization.
Weight: 18%
5. Describe and
assess the shared
values of your
department or
organization.
Pass
Weight: 18%
6. Clarity, Logic,
Writing Mechanics,
Grammar, and
Formatting.
Weight: 10%
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