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6 Human Resources Activities for all Biz Ed Students

August 16th, 2017 Mike Gecawich

Theodore Roosevelt said that “the best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”

By these standards, being a manager isn’t really a very glamorous job at all. Boring as it may seem, the ability to find, motivate, and manage employees is what distinguishes good leaders from bad ones.

We want to prepare our students to take leadership roles in their academic and professional lives, but they’ll need to develop various skills to do so. It’s imperative that students learn to persevere and think critically themselves, but also that they learn how to bring out these traits in others.

This important soft skill doesn’t always take the form of motivational speeches- it is also backed by structure. Effective managers need to know how to use a variety of media and formats to find, organize, and motivate employees.

Here are 6 employee management documents that you should teach students about in business education.

  1. Help Wanted Ad

One of the leadership skills that comes with running an HR department is finding and hiring the top talent. The first step? A Help Wanted Ad. Students need to know how to make an ad that is attention-grabbing while also being informative and to the point.

  1. Employee Memo

Strong managers must be excellent communicators. While verbal communication is just as important, one of the most common and professional ways to communicate to an entire staff is with a well-drafted employee memo.

  1. Employee Roster

An HR manager must know the comings and goings of employees, as well as their most pertinent information. Creating and managing an employee roster is a great way for students to familiarize themselves with the basic principles of spreadsheets.

  1. Employee Timesheet

Successful businesses will inevitably have many employees who all work different schedules and perform different roles. In making an employee timesheet students will not only learn valuable scheduling skills but will also practice using spreadsheets in an authentic way.

  1. Employee Database

When it comes to human resource management, organization is key. Students will learn the ins and outs of creating and managing a database of hypothetical employees to help keep their business organized.   

  1. Employee Orientation Presentation

One’s leadership abilities depend heavily on how well he or she can organize ideas and present them in an engaging way. Students will use PowerPoint to create a compelling employee orientation presentation that sets expectations and builds a common culture.  

With the use of these documents, prospective business leaders will have the necessary foundation to manage employees through effective communication.

All of these employee management documents (and more) are incorporated into the iAcademy course The Restaurant Entrepreneur. This course offers a fun simulation on starting, managing, and marketing your own restaurant business.

As students learn all about managing a budding business, they’ll also develop word processing, spreadsheet, database, digital publishing, and presentation skills through this engaging context.

Give it a try, and your students of today could be business leaders of tomorrow!  


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