I have explored the case in the article regarding the experiences of Korean women. This paper has discussed how women are discriminated and established a workforce based on diversity. After going through the article about the plight of the Korean woman, I have been inspired to select the Korean woman working in a male dominated IT industry. This paper has explored HRM approaches and practices as well as their alignment with the company's business strategy. It leads into a discussion about how Dell can benefit from promoting and hiring more women. This study further provides a recruitment plan for the corporation whose primary target is recruiting more women in the IT industry. Obstacles are inevitable in any plan: this study identifies the possible obstacles the corporation will probably face. In addition, the last study presents the recommended HR strategies that can be employed by the corporation in improving women visibility at the company (Susan, E. 2011).
How the HRM practices align with the company's business strategy
Crack in particularly thick glass ceiling is a mini case revolving around a Korean woman who is determined to change the corporate culture. In this mini case, Korean men are still in strong opposition and have resisted working alongside women. The Korean women featured in this article are working hard and even developing projects so that the company can recognize them. One of the women claims that men are increasingly becoming preoccupied with the idea that women cannot be compared to men. In order for her to get ahead, the woman is forced to work extra hard to attain 120% just as her male colleagues. This woman has also spared time, which she has dedicated to playing basketball and drinks with her workmates in order to fit the society. Anyone who considers introducing a change at this company is required to try making a cultural change. It is evident that this company is in dire need of external help (Blyton & Turnbull, 2009).
Outsourcing a HR company has enabled the company to develop frameworks describing practices and policies that focus on aligning the company's strategic initiatives of the company. In addition, these practices have been aligned with the creation of global leaders while at the same time, addressing the tensions between integration of workplace diversity and attaining organizational goals. Under these frameworks, the corporation's HR practices have been perceived as a way of effectively managing and controlling the company's operations and workplace diversity. Further, the current HRM practices and models are systematic but do not adequately address issues related to management of human resources at the corporation's network. It has rather focused on explaining policies and practices used by the company in controlling and coordinating the hierarchy of the company's operations (Jackson, 2007).
The company's HR managers are implementing HRM systems within their social crossborder units. The human resource manager is primary involved in activities of selection of appropriate HRM strategies, influence the working context of the corporation and provide leadership roles as the organization embraces cultural change with conditions of acceleration of the ambiguity of strategies. HR managers have enacted HR systems within the corporation, which are obligated to manage collaboratively while maintaining responsibility and discretion for the function of human resource within the corporation. This network model of HRM and the company's human resource system has facilitated flexible operations, innovation capacity, and developing valuable and unique relational capabilities (American Society of Civil Engineers, 2010).
2. How hiring more women and promoting them could improve the competitive advantage of this company
Great workforce diversity, which includes more women at the Dell Corporation, can lead to improved performance and greater business results. With more women at the company, a competitive advantage is created which is essential for the company's prosperity. Some of the best practices can be adopted by this company in ensuring women are welcomed in the workforce. The company can engage in activities such as funding education initiatives, maintain hiring practices that are positive and ensuring women are given fair opportunities in their career development (Susan, E. 2011).
Societal change is slow: however, Dell corporate should accelerate the pace of societal change. No single size fits all solutions of the company's structures as well as a background full of diver cultures. Nevertheless, by publicly stating the corporation's commitment to progress from the current situation fielding all companies, the firm can stimulate discussion, raise awareness, and develop effective practices aimed at advancing women in the business and industry. The Dell Corporation is aware that they need to make a significant boost in the percentage of women qualified and prepared to hold positions of non-executive managers and supervisory boards (Jackson, 2007).
Innovative programs aimed at promoting hiring and promotion of women in non-executive positions and supervisors could work in collaboration with leading executive firms such as Spencer Stuart. The company can recommend that all qualified top female executives should be included in their database. This database should be made accessible to the executive search firm, which is responsible of expanding the pool of female candidates by proposing hiring and promoting them in suitable executive and board positions (David, 2007).
The corporation should support the initiative within its structures because all the clients' minds have focused on gender diversity. Their training programs should seek to increase the number of women at different levels of the company. The company is embracing different strategies regarding gender diversity in their boardroom from the broad guidelines presented by the governance. Such initiatives recognize the importance of addressing the challenge of board diversity. As a result, they have acknowledged that hiring and promotion of qualified and skilled women in executive positions will embrace the roles of the board in a positive manner that enhances workplace diversity (Blyton & Turnbull, 2009).
3. A recruitment and retention plan for the company that specifically targets women employees
The Goal of the project:
Increasing women representation and participation in areas where they have been under-represented. These are areas such as trade, engineering, science, and technology where women have been less represented.
This 12-month project makes participants adapt and develop innovative supports and strategies. This results in increased employment and retention of women candidates in the fields where they are under-represented. In addition, it will engage trainers, employers and stakeholders in the industry in ensuring that they provide reasonable training and employment opportunities for women in these industries (Jackson, 2007).
Maximum of $150,000 for a 12-month project
1. Planning the project and adapting to specific target group, sector and local needs:
I. Conducting an analysis based on gender and a needs assessment, this should entail success factors and recruitment profiles. This will identify all barriers including institutional barriers to recruitment of women and the current employment practices in the industry.
II. Identifying and consulting potential project partners and allies including employers, training institutions and industry associations.
2. Implementation and delivery
I. Working with women stakeholders, training partners, and employers in targeted sectors to implement actions and deliver resources that support hiring and retaining women employees in these fields. For instance, support for industry stakeholder and employers in promoting workforce diversity and creating respectful working environment that incorporates women. This entails resources to enhance the awareness of women regarding opportunities in these areas and ensuring that they are prepared for the new workplace (David, 2007).
II. Engaging with organizations and allies in the sector
III. Pilot approaches and tools in ensuring women remain effective in these sectors
3. Evaluating the project
4. Sharing results and findings
I. Training partners, employers, and stakeholders in the industry understand the advantages of hiring and retaining women in fields where they have been under-represented.
II. Industry stakeholders, training partners, and employers increase their awareness regarding challenges and issues of recruiting and retaining women in these fields.
III. Participants in the project will identify obstacles related to recruitment and retention women in these fields
IV. Participants in the project will demonstrate skills and knowledge of working to address the obstacles with their employers in creating working environments that are inclusive of women and respectful.
Results of the project:
Stakeholders, training partners and employers have implemented changes within the corporation to employ and retain more women
Deliverables of the project
I. Month 3 -- a detailed budget and work plane, a list of all the partners and allies of the project, frameworks for managing the results and evaluation plan.
II. Month 6 -- interim strategy and report of sharing knowledge
III. Month 12 -- evaluation and final report
5. Potential obstacles that this company could face in its quest to diversify its workforce in this particular culture
Obstacles in the progress of women at this corporation are derived from a number of sources: the society, women themselves, employers, and family have imposed constrains to the progress of women. There are various obstacles why women have been under-represented in the company. Some of the most powerful obstacles include behavioral expectations concerning the…