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While this author does not know the whole story, Carl Robins exhibited poor planning, execution and follow through of his duties, which would appear he is either not qualified or trained to do his, job effectively. This situation may have been alleviated by instituting a thorough supervision and mentoring program by ABC, Inc. to coach and counsel their employees.


Carl Robins, a new recruiter for ABC, Inc. with only six months experience, successfully hired 15 new employees. Carl scheduled a new hire orientation to take place June 15 with the intent of having all the new hires working by July. On May 15, Monica Carrolls, the Operation Supervisor, contacted Carl about coordinating new hire issues such as manuals, drug tests, and policy booklets. Carl found while reviewing the new trainee files that several problems are present. Some of the applications were incomplete, drug screening was not complete, and orientation manuals were incomplete or missing pages. Furthermore, a reservation by technology services for the training room is present throughout the month of June. (University of Phoenix, 2006)

Key Problems

Three problems are readily apparent; employee applications are incomplete or missing data, three training manuals are currently on hand with 15 needed and the training room is reserved for the month of June. Without further investigation, root-cause analysis is mere speculation. Based on the facts presented in the case study, this author has determined several root-cause factors, which may have contributed to this calamity. These root causes stem from two sources, Carl Robins and ABC, Inc.

Carl could have overstated his qualifications prior to hiring upon which a hiring decision was rendered or does he have poor work ethics and incompetent. Further, based on the timeline presented, it appears that Carl is disorganized, found wanting in attention to detail and lacking in time management skills. Carl's last deficiency stems from ABC, Inc. Was Carl properly trained in his job duties? Does ABC have a mentoring program or some standard operation procedure/policy that requires him to execute during each hiring event? What is the corporate culture, did it contribute to Carl's failure and where was his supervision? Further, at least one department is failing in their duties. As such, the problems associated with this case study cannot be presumed to be Carl's fault alone by may be indicative of the corporate leadership vacuum. These questions are only answerable through direct examination of both Carl and ABC, Inc.


Numerous solutions exist to correct these challenges in the time available. First, the case study states the Carl is "hoping to have all new hires working by July", the key word here is "hoping". Carl must contact Monica Carrols, the operations supervisor to get a solid deadline for the new hires. On the other hand, Carl's statement implies that he has time because anytime in July up to and including the last day to have the new hires ready for work is possible.

Next, Carl needs to contact all new hires, make them aware of their application, transcript, and drug screening deficiencies. Alternatively, Carl could contact the HR department for application review and follow-up actions. Ensuring each applicant understands the deadlines with a built in backup due date for unexpected problems. If this option is pursued, Carl needs to make HR aware of the deadlines prior to them contacting the new employees.

Training manual are short by 12; Carl needs to make arrangements with either an in-house reproduction center or outsource this task with an extra manual for Carl as an instructors copy. Carl appears to be deficient in his working knowledge pertaining to the company policies, procedures and formal norms, which means he must become intimately familiar the material in the orientation manual prior to training.

Further, Carl needs to coordinate for training space. This challenge is effortlessly completed by checking for available conference rooms within his company or renting convention or conference



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