Discussion One:
Discuss the relationship between the concepts of employee relations and performance management. Include in your response the following:
The impact of employee issues on individual and organizational performance. Discuss at least one example.
The difference between performance issues and conduct issues and how to ethically and effectively handle each situation, including terminations.
How workplace privacy, health, and safety issues can impact employee performance and behavior. Discuss at least one example.
Be sure to provide the references for the sources of the information you used including the material provided in the classroom.
Discussion Two:  Application
Read the Module 5 Case and in-depth scenario 1. After reviewing the module material, answer the following taken from the module:
A) Is allowing some employees to work from home “unfair” to other employees who do not work from home? Why or why not? How will you handle potential conflicts between employees over this issue? 
B) Assuming some employees will be allowed to work from home, how will HSS determine which employees will be allowed to work from home? How will you manage the performance of employees who work from home?
C) Write a brief memo (1–2 paragraphs) to the board of directors, either justifying the expansion of telecommuting for software developers at HSS or stating why telecommuting should not be allowed for software developers at HSS. In your memo, include some discussion of why it is important to have a clear policy on this issue.Case for Module 5
Fairness and equity are on your mind today. As the vice president of human resources for
Human Solutions Software (HSS), you have seen fast growth take place since you started
working for HSS 10 months ago.
You now have two new human resource generalists working for you. Over the last couple of
months, it has taken a great deal of your time to train them, but they are now getting to the
point where they can take care of many of the day-to-day details that used to keep you busy.
This has given you time to think about some major projects you have wanted to undertake
before but did not have the time to work on until now.
One project you want to undertake is to put all of the piecemeal employer/employee policies into
an employee handbook and add more policies that you feel are legally necessary. This handbook
will be important from a legal standpoint to show that employees have been informed about the
various policies, and it will also define the processes employees must follow if they have a
grievance.
To date your tenure at HSS has largely been spent dealing with crises and educating the
founders about the possibilities for and responsibilities of human resources at HSS. You now feel
that you have gained enough of the founders’ confidence to be more proactive in eliminating
problems and areas of dissatisfaction for the employees at HSS. Your goal is to help make the
policies at HSS fairer and more equitable.
In-Depth Scenario 1
Because of the nature of their work, many of the software developers could do most of their
tasks from home. You had started to work on a program to allow the software developers to do
some of their work from home before the previous head of software development was fired, but
now the acting head of software development is against allowing any of the software developers
to work from home.
There are two software developers who telecommute now. One just had a baby and wants to be
home with the baby for the first few months. The other has a mother with Alzheimer’s disease,
and he is her primary caregiver. Both of these software developers come into the office
occasionally for meetings and when there is a need to interact face-to-face with other software
developers, but there is often a week or two between their visits.
The acting head of software development is worried that the other software developers will feel
that it is “unfair” for these two to stay home and “work in their pajamas” while all the other
software developers have to come to work on time every day. The acting head of software
development is also concerned about having control over what software developers working from
home will be doing while they are supposed to be working.
You are hoping to recruit highly qualified software developers from around the country to work
for HSS because they can do so remotely. You are also aware of the savings that can be realized
if some




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