Your organisation has appointed a new general manager. The HR department has been asked to produce information that will give the manager some understanding of the organisation prior to their start.  You have been given creative licence to present the information in a detailed information document.

Assessment criterion 2.1 Describe the structure of an organisation and the functions within it.

The next thing to consider is, what does the organisational structure look like? You should describe the structure which includes at least four functions. You should then describe the purpose of at least 4 functions included within the structure.

You need to cover:
1.What is the type of the structure i.e. tall (more than 3 layers), flat, or hierarchal and so on? It could be a mixture of structure by function, product or geographical as well as hierarchal or matrix. Explain the structure in this part of your submission.
2.What is the impact of the structure? Consider span of control, speed of decision making and communication.
3.You should include a chart of the structure. If one is not available for your organisation, you should create one using any software that you are comfortable with such as PowerPoint, or draw it freehand and take a picture to include.
4.Describe at least four functions but don’t simply use job roles. Examples would include HR, Sales & Marketing, Finance, Operations etc. HR must be one of the functions you describe.

Assessment criterion 2.2 Explain how different functions work together within the organisation to optimise performance

You need to now think about how the different functions you identified would work together to benefit the organisation. Include the following:
1.Explain how at least 4 functions work together including specific examples such as:
Sales & Marketing would identify new customers and would work with Finance to set the budget to provide the service. Both these functions would the work with HR to recruit and train new staff. All three functions would then work with Operations to induct the new staff and provide the service.
2.Describe the interaction between the functions at each stage, consider the flow of information. A diagram could be used here to show this in a visual format.
3.Your example must include the outcome of a business objective; for example, bringing a new product and/or service to market or the hiring of a new employee.

Assessment criterion 2.3 Explain how the culture of an organisation affects its operations.
To meet this criterion, explore the culture of the organisation a how this impacts operations. You should:
1.Explain what the culture of the organisation is; state the type of culture. A useful guide would be the Charles Handy model – power, role, task and person although an organisation can have a mixture.
2.Describe how the culture impacts on the organisation, positively or negatively, in terms of one or more of the following: income, costs, profits, quality, productivity, competition, market share, market value, strategic planning and staff – levels, turnover, absences, morale etc.

Assessment criterion 3.1 Describe how HR or L&D activities support an organisation’s strategy.

Your organisation would look to HR to provide support in planning for the future and shaping strategic goal to support the organisations vision and objectives.

You should:
1.Describe three activities that HR would perform to help support the organisational strategy and thereby support the organisation to meet its goal and business objectives.
2.Use the professional areas from the CIPD Profession Map to identify the most relevant areas that HR could focus on. Consider areas such as Organisational Design, Resourcing and Talent Management, Employee Relations or either the two core areas.

Assessment criterion 3.2: Explain the role of HR or L&D professionals in supporting line managers and their staff.

To meet the criterion, explain:

Think through and address how HR could support line management and employees at an operational level.
1.This could include, but is not limited to: recording & communicating accurate information, employee well-being, legal advice, maintaining working relationships, recruitment and selection etc.
2.Ensure you address support for both line managers and employees in each of your examples.


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