Discussion board #1
Some experts say that since it is impossible to predict who will be violent, there is not much employers can do to prevent violence in the workplace. Do you agree or disagree with this position? Why, or why not? Explain your rationale, and offer ways that employers can prevent workplace violence.
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Not really knowing anyone who has worked in a union, but it seems in some states, it is necessary to have a union as workers. The benefits of being unionized have been exceptional for the employees being given bargaining power during negotiations to being shielded from unjust termination and power during strikes. During negotiations, the one in a better position is likely to win. In the case of unionized employees, they get a representation as a block and hence have the bargaining power. They can push for better wages and salaries, a better and safe working environment, and more benefits. These are privileges that all the employees would wish to have and hence need unionization . Also, when the employers and the unions sign a collective bargaining agreement, it shields employees from unjust termination or unreasonable layoffs of employees. This immunity cannot be given without the agreement. Therefore, unions are highly needed by employees to enjoy job security, and termination has to have a cause. Focusing on the employers, unions have been a disadvantageous trend because they feel that as much as it takes care of their needs in terms of productivity and employee turnover, they have lost power over the employees and are left at their mercy. Through the bargaining power that employees enjoy having been unionized, they can push for the benefits and pay they need. Employers can no longer decide which amount to pay the employee under the working conditions they want. This is, therefore, the main reason why employers resist them so strongly.
Discussion board # 2
If you were an entrepreneur looking to open a new company, what do you think would be the biggest benefit to researching case studies of other companies in the same industry? Why?
Respond to post # 2
A good long-term strategy and consistent implementation are necessary for a company to be competitive (Finnie, 1997). The strategy implementation phase has three steps 1) programs and tactics, 2) bugets and 3) procedures. Strategy implemation is primarily about how the goals set by the company will be achieved. Each of these steps are vital to the process. Programs and tactics identifies methods that can be used to achieve goals, the budget allocates the funds for achieving the goals and of course procedures provide the structure for how they will be accomplished. So it is hard for me to determine which one has more importance because each step is necessary.