Explain what induction training is and why induction training is essential

Human Resource Management


Explain what induction training is and why induction training is essential for new joiners.


Case Studies

CASE STUDY (20Marks)

It was time for drawing up the HR budget for the financial year 201617. Nina, Head (Human Resources) of ABC Incorporated, was pondering on the amount to be allocated for the Training & Development (T&D) activities. The top management was getting increasingly wary of shelling out funds when it came to T&D expenditure, but Nina had to immediately get a training program underway for the 50 new joiners approved by the management. ABC Incorporated, an MNC headquartered at Bengaluru, had hired 50 new management trainees in November 2015 from a few of the premier business schools in India. These recruits had joined the company in April 2016. Nina was given the responsibility of putting the new joiners through a proper induction program that would make it easier for them to get acquainted with their job profiles. Nina, who was leading a team of four HR executives, decided to conduct a 5daylong training program for the new joiners to facilitate the orientation process. The HR managers of ABC Incorporated needed to evaluate the cost of conducting a training program for its new joiners. The case provides basic facts and figures associated with conducting the training program and asks the participants whether the company should invest in training the new employees and if so, in how much time the firm can expect to recover the costs through the trainees’ output.

Answer the following question.

Q1. Explain what induction training is and why induction training is essential for new joiners.

Q2. Explain how will you evaluate the training cost and put up a proposal to the management for approval.

CASE STUDY (20 Marks)

In November 2008, a PIL was planned to be filed against several IT and BPO firms by UNITES, to protest against the implementation of longer working hours for their employees. The case talks about the reasons provided by the companies for the long working hours and also provides details of the various arguments put forward by UNITES against this action. On November 26, 2008, the Union for Information & Technology Enabled Services (UNITES) , announced plans to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against several Indian and multinational Information Technology (IT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firms on behalf of their employees.

Answer the following question.

Q1. Do you think the IT and BPO companies are right in asking their employees to work longer during this difficult

time for the companies? Do you agree with their arguments for long working hours? Why or why not?

Q2. Is UNITES a true representative of the IT and BPO industry employees? In your opinion, do these employees really need protection under the Indian Factories Act?

CASE STUDY (20 Marks)

This case discusses software design and development company Menlo Innovations’ (Menlo) Recruitment and selection practices. 3/8/2017 Aeren Foundation 2/2 The company had a unique work culture and tried to attract employees that fitted into this culture. It used a unique selection approach called ‘extreme interviewing’ to achieve this objective. In 2008, Menlo Innovations LLC (Menlo), Michiganbased software design and development company, received the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. It was also selected as one of the finalists at the ‘2008 Top Small Workplaces’.

Answer the following question.

Q1. Discuss the recruitment and selection process of Menlo Innovations.

Q2. Critically analyze the extreme interviewing technique adopted by Menlo Innovations. Compare this technique to other commonly used interviewing techniques.

CASE STUDY (20 Marks)

Tamil Nadu was among the few states which worked hard to make the state an investment destination in the postliberalization era of Indian economy. Involving bureaucratic bodies aimed at industrial development and bringing about transparency in policies, Tamil Nadu’s industrial development gained momentum. Soon it became home to many domestic and international business majors, who appreciated the amicable labor relations in the State. But, Tamil Nadu’s industrial relations took a severe hit as there was a sudden surge of labor disputes in the state. Four major disputes that involved industrial giants were severe enough to damage the investorfriendly image of the state. With the blame game between the unions and companies continuing, the government is worried about the future investments. It is high time to understand that the strength of industrial relations would directly affect the economic growth of the state. While labour law reforms and amendments of major acts are under consideration, the future investment scenario might become bleak in Tamil Nadu. Among the partners, who is to be held responsible if the economic future of the state is affected; the government, the managements or the unions? Labor unrest and disputes have adverse effects on economy and growth of a state. Discussing the growth strategies of Tamil Nadu, the case analyses the reasons for labour disputes in Tamil Nadu. There were four

major labour disputes in 2009, the cases tarnished the image of Tamil Nadu. The perplexing labour laws in the state and the need of a collaborative action from the partners of Industrial development was the need of the hour.

Answer the following question.

Q1. Explain the importance of maintaining harmonious industrial relations in fostering the economic development of a state in general and economic prospects of companies in particular.

Q2. Discuss, the initiatives taken by the government of Tamil Nadu to maintain healthy industrial relations (in the backdrop of relevant labor laws)

Q3. Debate on all the possible options in finding an amicable solution for the affected companies.

Q4. Analyze and debate on all the possible options in finding an amicable solution for the affected companies


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