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Human resources role-plays

Role-play 1: Person A
You are John Daviss line manager.
You are having a 11 meeting with the head of HR about JDs poor performance.
You want to fire John Davis because he:

is always late

has made a lot of mistakes

doesnt participate during meetings.

Role-play 1: Person B
You are the head of HR.
You are having a 11 meeting with John Daviss line manager about JDs poor performance.
You are against firing John Davis because:

he is erratic, but he has also done some very good work for the company

you prefer to meet with John Davis to discuss his problems and try to correct them.

Role-play 2: Person A
You are the MD.
You are having a 11 meeting with the head of HR.
Your company is downsizing.
Your preferred strategy is last in, first out, i.e. to lay off the most junior employees, because they
cost less in redundancy pay than more senior staff and are less attached to the company.

Role-play 2: Person B
You are the head of HR.
You are having a 11 meeting with the MD.
Your company is downsizing.
Your preferred strategy is to offer early retirement or voluntary redundancy to older employees
because you feel that younger employees are more dynamic.

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Role-play 3: Person A
You are the MD. You are having a 11 meeting with the head of HR to discuss salaries.
You support a 1% wage increase for all full-time staff.
Begin the meeting and share your opinion.

Role-play 3: Person B
You are the head of HR. You are having a 11 meeting with the MD to discuss salaries.
You support a 5% wage increase for all full-time staff.

Role-play 4: Person A
You are the Sales Director.
You are having a 1-1 meeting with the head of HR to discuss changes to employee benefits.
Your company is considering giving some employees a company car.
You think that all sales reps should have one.
Begin the meeting and share your opinion.

Role-play 4: Person B
You are the head of HR.
You are having a 1-1 meeting with to the Sales Director to discuss changes to employee benefits.
Your company is considering giving some employees a company car.
You think that only senior managers should have one.

Notes to role-play 2
In the UK, if an employee takes early retirement, s/he doesnt receive redundancy pay, but many
companies offer financial incentives such as a lump-sum payment into the employees pension
scheme.
If an employee accepts voluntary redundancy, s/he receives a lump sum, which is usually higher than
statutory redundancy pay.
Notes to role-play 3
Inflation in the UK was at 2% in December 2013.
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