Assessment 1 Strong communication skills are imperative for an effective HR leader. The audience may be extremely broad—ranging from senior managers to employees at all levels

Assessment 1

Strong communication skills are imperative for an effective HR leader. The audience may be extremely broad—ranging from senior managers to employees at all levels. Effective communicators command attention that can translate into action and implementation. The ability to successfully communicate organizational mission and policy is vital for successful HR practice.

Often, the effective communicators in HRM are behind the innovations and examples of best practices in HR. Research on communication has demonstrated the overall outcomes of leaders who communicate effectively. Communication can be the key to successful organizations. For HR, the research illustrates that this attribute is a requirement for the new HR leader.

For this assessment, you are to research articles and create a literature review on current HRM models of service, process, and systems enhancements as related to your selected topic and problem or opportunity, and how you might apply HR leadership practices in your effectiveness improvement plan.

Note: You are to complete the course assessments in order and use the feedback received to improve your work. Each assessment is a component that you will build on to complete your capstone project, an effectiveness improvement plan.

Conduct a literature review for your effectiveness improvement plan. Find literature that connects to the following instructions as it relates to your selected topic, organization, and problem or opportunity. NoteThis is the first component of your capstone project. Each assessment should be completed in order so that you can use the feedback received to improve your work and build upon to complete your project.


Prepare a 3–4 page literature review, including the following:

·        Analyze current HRM models of service, process, and systems enhancements as they relate to your topic and problem or opportunity.

·        Determine the applicability of existing HRM models to your project.

·        Analyze the factors that are necessary to develop and implement improvements in your chosen organization. In other words, think about how the problem could be solved or how to capitalize on the opportunity selected.

·        Analyze leadership, change management, and consultation in the roles of an HR practitioner, as they relate to your chosen topic.

·        Apply foundational disciplines of HRM to be an effective HR practitioner within the organization selected. This can be done by analyzing specific theories, markets, and reporting practices in HRM that relate to your topic and identified problem or opportunity.


The deliverable for this assessment applies professional skills in HRM to workplace situations that you will likely encounter in your day-to-day work in human resources. As part of your learning, focus on the development of effective professional communication skills for the workplace. Your assessment should meet the following additional requirements:

·        Length: Your literature review should be 3–4 typed, double-spaced pages, plus the cover and resources pages.

o   The first page should be a cover sheet with your name, the course number, assessment title, and date. No other information is required on this page.

o   The last page should be the reference list.

·        Organization: Make sure that your assessment writing is well organized, using headings and subheadings to organize content for the reader.

·        Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.

·        Resources: Use at least 10 references and include both trade publications and peer-reviewed articles.

·        Evidence: Support your assertions with data and/or in-text citations.

·        APA formatting: Resources and in-text citations are formatted according to current APA style and formatting.

·        Written communication:

o   Synthesize multiple sources into key findings.

o   Use spell-check and other tools to ensure correct spelling and grammar.

Review the Literature Review Scoring Guide and the HRM Effectiveness Improvement Plan course project description before submitting to ensure you have met the requirements of the course.

Portfolio Prompt: You should consider adding this assessment to your personal ePortfolio. This assessment demonstrates your ability to research and write about current HRM models of service, processes, and systems enhancements as it relates to your organization, and problem or opportunity. This skill is necessary in a professional setting when you are trying to make recommendations. You will want to organize your assessments to easily support future reflection and to showcase your knowledge with employers after graduation. For more information on ePortfolio, visit the Campus ePortfolio