TELS 3340 Case Studies Essay

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Narmin Azizli
Case Study 2-B
TELS 3340

1. What is Marilyn’s responsibility to her present employer regarding her knowledge that several employees are planning to seek positions with the new company?

Marilyn is an experienced supervisor, and she is responsible to report if there are any problems with employees. In my opinion, she should inform middle or top management that there is possibility that some employees might leave. By doing this she is not telling on her employees. She is making sure that management will be prepared if someone leaves. In addition, if Marilyn informs top management about the issue, they might consider higher pay rates and better benefits in order to keep their current employees.

2. How should Marilyn
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What are the strengths and weaknesses of this structure?

This community college has functional organizational structure. Functional structure is defined as an organization in which similar and related occupational specialties are grouped together. The strength of this structure is work specialization. Putting like specialties together results in economies of scale, minimizes duplication of personnel and equipment, and employees are satisfied because they are working with people just like themselves. The weakness of this structure is that organization focuses on functional goals and loses sight of its best interests. In other words, this can lead to complicated communication and long decision making processes. No one is responsible for end results, so members within individual functions have little understanding of what people in other functions are doing. In addition, employees can neglect the larger view of the company and its goals and objectives. When an employee has understanding of future goals, and visions of the company he/she can contribute more. When you are doing one job and not seeing how it benefits the organization in long term can lead to burnout and low productivity. It is important to feel and see that what you are doing matters and benefits the company.

3. Discuss the factors that determine the size of Jack’s span of control.

Span of control stands for the number of employees a