Hershey's Sweet Mission Essay

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Fundamentals of Human Resource Management (HRM500)
Assignment #1 – Hershey’s Sweet Mission
Student: Cheryl L. Simpson
Professor: Dr. William Clampitt
22 January, 2012

Recommend the redesign of Hershey’s performance management system to appeal to the diverse groups that it employs. (Bohlander & Snell, 2004) High Performance Work System (HPWS) is defined as a set of management practices used to create an atmosphere within an organization where the employee has more involvement and responsibility. More precisely, HPWS has been defined by Bohlander et al (2004) as “a specific combination of HR practices, work structures, and processes that maximizes employee knowledge, skill, commitment and flexibility” (Bohlander &
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Another Human Resource practice recommended for the redesign process is training. Bohlander et al (2004) explains that training offers employees the necessary skills to accomplish their jobs in a more effective way as well as the chance to undertake greater responsibility within an organization. Training also provides organizations with a method to cross-train employees in different skills and roles to make sure that employees understand many roles within an organization (Bohlander & Snell, 2004).
If you were a Hershey’s employee, analyze how you would interpret the values that Hershey embraces in relation to your role. Noe et al (2011) has identified the four values that Hershey communicates on their Web site. They include “We are open to Possibilities by embracing diversity, seeking new approaches and striving for continuous improvement.”; “We are Growing Together by sharing knowledge and unwrapping human potential in an environment of mutual respect.”; “We are Making a Difference by leading with integrity and determination to have a positive impact on everything we do.”; and We are One Hershey, winning together while accepting individual responsibility for our results.” (Noe, Hollenbeck, Gerhart, & Wright, 2011) As a Hershey employee, the interpretation of these values is similar to that of the company of Sherwin Williams (Carter, 2011). One of the employees at Sherwin Williams explains that the company values strive to make

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