Best Companies to Work For
Ideally, everyone would like to work for a great company who treats its employees well, offers the right levels of monetary reward, staff benefits and challenging roles. Each year Fortune Magazine carries out an extensive survey of workers across a wide range of sectors to compile a list of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ (The Times in the UK carries out a similar survey). Many of the ‘top 100’ companies make it onto the list every year. However, the workforce is changing so the type of company who reach the ‘Top 100 Best Companies to Work For’ may also start to change.

The Millennial generation (those born between 1980 and 2000) are now the largest group in employment and companies need to adapt to this changing workforce. Millennials as workers are thought to be less concerned with monetary rewards and more interested in challenge and achieving a work-life balance. To reflect this changing workforce Fortune Magazine carried out a separate survey of Millennials in the workplace and compiled a list of ‘Best Companies for Millennials’.

Quite a few of the companies which appear on the ‘Best Companies to Work For’ also appear on the ‘Best Companies for Millennials’ list, but the lists are not identical. For this assignment, you are going to analyse data from companies on the ‘Best Companies to Work For’ list and companies on the ‘Best for Millennials’ list.

You have data on companies listed on the Fortune ‘Best Companies to Work For’ list and the Fortune ‘Best Companies for Millennials’ list. The data includes;

• The total number of employees at the company
• The revenue of the company (in $billions)
• The Industry Sector (e.g. Information Technology, Retail etc.)
• Number of Job Openings (since February 2017)
• Average Pay (the yearly salary for the most common salaried job type in the company).
• Full time voluntary turnover % (the percentage of full time employees who have left during the last year – from a company point of view, smaller is better).
• Number of Millennials (the number of Millennials working at the company – note this data is only available for companies on the ‘Best for Millennials’ list).

1) Write an introduction to the topic and the data set. Describe a business application for investigating how employees feel about their employers.
[10 Marks]
Using the Dataset – Best Companies Data
Sample Methodology
2) Take a sample of 30 rows from companies on the ‘Best Companies’ group and a sample of 30 from the ‘Best for Millennials’ group (giving you a total sample size of 60).
Describe the sample method you have used. Explain one advantage and one potential disadvantage for your chosen sampling method.
[10 Marks]
Summary Statistics
Using your sample compare your two samples
3) Calculate the mean, median, standard deviation, IQR, Range, Maximum and Minimum for the following sample data; Revenue, Total Number of Employees, Average Pay, Full Time Voluntary Turnover.

4) Interpret your statistics and discuss; do you have any potential outliers in your data? How do the two groups compare in terms of revenue? Do the Millennials prefer larger or smaller companies? Are there any differences in terms of staff loyalty (is the turnover higher for the group preferred specifically by the Millennials?). Are there any differences in terms of pay?
[20 Marks]
Graphical Analysis
Using your sample compare your two samples
5) Using the Total Number of Employees column in your sample create two box and whisker plots (one for each group). Interpret your box and whisker plots. Use your summary statistics to help you with the comparisons.
[10 Marks]

6) Using the Average Pay column in your sample create two histograms (one for each group). Interpret your histograms. Use your summary statistics to help you with the comparisons.
[10 Marks]

7) Using the Industry column in your sample create two pie charts. Are there any differences or similarities between the two pie charts that help to explain your statistics, histograms and box and whisker plots?
[10 Marks]

Further Analysis

8) Analyse at least one further column of data (you may use a histogram, pie chart or box and whisker plot or a different type of graph such as a bar chart or scatterplot).

[20 Marks]

Summary
9) Summarise your main findings and conclusions.
[5 Marks]

Presentation

There are marks available for overall presentation. Make sure your graphs have sensible titles and scales and are large enough to read. Make sure that you have structured your report in a neat and logical way (for example including section headers such as Introduction, Sampling Methodology, Summary Statistics, Analysis and Conclusion).

Include references for all background research used in the Harvard Reference format and include a copy of your sample data in a table in an appendix at the end of the report.

[5 Marks]

 

 

Sample Solution

Sample solution

Dante Alighieri played a critical role in the literature world through his poem Divine Comedy that was written in the 14th century. The poem contains Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The Inferno is a description of the nine circles of torment that are found on the earth. It depicts the realms of the people that have gone against the spiritual values and who, instead, have chosen bestial appetite, violence, or fraud and malice. The nine circles of hell are limbo, lust, gluttony, greed and wrath. Others are heresy, violence, fraud, and treachery. The purpose of this paper is to examine the Dante’s Inferno in the perspective of its portrayal of God’s image and the justification of hell. 

In this epic poem, God is portrayed as a super being guilty of multiple weaknesses including being egotistic, unjust, and hypocritical. Dante, in this poem, depicts God as being more human than divine by challenging God’s omnipotence. Additionally, the manner in which Dante describes Hell is in full contradiction to the morals of God as written in the Bible. When god arranges Hell to flatter Himself, He commits egotism, a sin that is common among human beings (Cheney, 2016). The weakness is depicted in Limbo and on the Gate of Hell where, for instance, God sends those who do not worship Him to Hell. This implies that failure to worship Him is a sin.

God is also depicted as lacking justice in His actions thus removing the godly image. The injustice is portrayed by the manner in which the sodomites and opportunists are treated. The opportunists are subjected to banner chasing in their lives after death followed by being stung by insects and maggots. They are known to having done neither good nor bad during their lifetimes and, therefore, justice could have demanded that they be granted a neutral punishment having lived a neutral life. The sodomites are also punished unfairly by God when Brunetto Lattini is condemned to hell despite being a good leader (Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). While he commited sodomy, God chooses to ignore all the other good deeds that Brunetto did.

Finally, God is also portrayed as being hypocritical in His actions, a sin that further diminishes His godliness and makes Him more human. A case in point is when God condemns the sin of egotism and goes ahead to commit it repeatedly. Proverbs 29:23 states that “arrogance will bring your downfall, but if you are humble, you will be respected.” When Slattery condemns Dante’s human state as being weak, doubtful, and limited, he is proving God’s hypocrisy because He is also human (Verdicchio, 2015). The actions of God in Hell as portrayed by Dante are inconsistent with the Biblical literature. Both Dante and God are prone to making mistakes, something common among human beings thus making God more human.

To wrap it up, Dante portrays God is more human since He commits the same sins that humans commit: egotism, hypocrisy, and injustice. Hell is justified as being a destination for victims of the mistakes committed by God. The Hell is presented as being a totally different place as compared to what is written about it in the Bible. As a result, reading through the text gives an image of God who is prone to the very mistakes common to humans thus ripping Him off His lofty status of divine and, instead, making Him a mere human. Whether or not Dante did it intentionally is subject to debate but one thing is clear in the poem: the misconstrued notion of God is revealed to future generations.

 

References

Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). Dante’s inferno: Seven deadly sins in scientific publishing and how to avoid them. Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed, 267.

Cheney, L. D. G. (2016). Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno: A Comparative Study of Sandro Botticelli, Giovanni Stradano, and Federico Zuccaro. Cultural and Religious Studies4(8), 487.

Verdicchio, M. (2015). Irony and Desire in Dante’s” Inferno” 27. Italica, 285-297.