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Southwest Airlines is a well-known company featured in our textbook. Throughout the course, you will take on the fictional role of an intern at Southwest Airlines Human Resources. You will utilize the textbook and other professional resources to complete your assessments.

Your first weeks on the job are filled with learning the ins and outs of Human Resources and the industry. Your manager informs you that one of your projects is to assist with a new HR strategy for the company. This strategy is broken down into 3 parts that you’ll work on throughout the course.

 They are: 

  • Examining current practices
  • Talent recruitment and selection
  • Strategy recommendation

Your first task for this competency assessment is to examine Southwest’s current HR practices, as reported in public sources. 

Download and Review the Rubric!

Download and save the Competency 1 Assessment Rubric and use it as a guide when completing your assessment.

Assessment Directions

Examine Southwest’s current HR practices, as reported in public sources. Download the HR Design Decisions worksheet. Complete the worksheet with your review and rationale of the elements listed below to decide where Southwest Airlines’ HR practices fall. 

  • Employees as expenses vs. employees as assets
  • Compensation below market, above market, or competitive
  • Spontaneous training and development or planned training and development
  • Specific job descriptions or general job descriptions
  • External or internal recruitment, or both
  • Limited socialization of new employees or extensive socialization
  • Collective bargaining or individual bargaining

Support the analysis with evidence from sources on the web. Possible sources for information include but are not limited to:

  • Organization website and associated websites
  • Vault Campus includes detailed reviews and survey information about what it’s like to work at Southwest. To access Vault Campus, visit eCampus and click PhoenixLink.
  • Websites that specialize in company reviews and job postings
  • Magazine and journal articles from the Internet or University Library

Submit  your assignment.

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