BUILDING BLOCKS FOR EFFECTIVE MESSAGES

Building Blocks for Effective Messages

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To better respect the religious and ethnic diversity of your employees, your organization will now allow employees to take any 10 days off. Any religious, ethnic, or cultural holiday is acceptable. (Someone who wants to take off Cinco de Mayo or Bastille Day can do so.) As vice president for human

resources, you need to announce the policy.

Choosing a specific organization you know something about, answer the following questions about it as part of the announcement you are expected to make.

? What religious and ethnic groups do your employees come from? Where would you find this information? If it doesnt exist or is unknown,what research could you do to acquire it?

? How much do various groups within your organization know about each others

holidays? How will your employees perception of each others holidays affect your

announcement?

? Is your organization open every day of the year, or will you be closed on some

holidays (e.g., Christmas, New Years Day)? If an employee chooses to work on a

day when offices or factories are closed, what should he or she do? Work at home? Get a key? (How? From whom?) What kinds of work could a person working alone

most profitably do?
Write a two-page essay (double-spaced) for each. The exam counts as 15% toward the final grade.

1. UNIT I—Building Blocks for Effective Messages: To better respect the religious and
ethnic diversity of your employees, your organization will now allow employees to take
any 10 days off. Any religious, ethnic, or cultural holiday is acceptable. (Someone who
wants to take off Cinco de Mayo or Bastille Day can do so.) As vice president for human
resources, you need to announce the policy.

Choosing a specific organization you know something about, answer the following
questions about it as part of the announcement you are expected to make.
• What religious and ethnic groups do your employees come from? Where would
you find this information? If it doesnt exist or is unknown, what research could
you do to acquire it?
• How much do various groups within your organization know about each others
holidays? How will your employees perception of each others holidays affect your
announcement?
• Is your organization open every day of the year, or will you be closed on some
holidays (e.g., Christmas, New Years Day)? If an employee chooses to work on a
day when offices or factories are closed, what should he or she do? Work at home?
Get a key? (How?From whom?) What kinds of work could a person working alone
most profitably do?

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