case assigment 2

Module 2 – Case

Global Talent Differences

Assignment Overview

Global Work Schedule Differences

The number of work hours in a week and a year varies from country to country. Some of the differences in annual work hours are illustrated in the following chart by Mathis and Jackson (2011):

Country Work hours per year
Korea 2,305
Mexico 1,871
Italy 1,824
United States 1,794
Japan 1,785
Canada 1,736
Australia 1,722
France 1,561
Germany 1,433
The Netherlands 1,392

The differences in work hours must be considered across countries. Doing so means that work scheduling expectations and policies may have to be different for an operation in different countries.

Case Assignment

Task: How would you deal with an employee who is originally from Germany and who expects to work only 30 hours per week for the same salary as other employees who work 40+ hours per week?


Mathis, R.L. and Jackson, J.H. (2011). Human Resource Management. Mason, Ohio: Cengage Learning.

Drawing on the material in the background readings and doing additional research, please prepare a 2-4 page paper (not including the cover and reference pages) in which you:

  • Discuss the pros and cons to 40 hour work weeks versus 30 hour work weeks.
  • Respond to the main question asked above about how to deal with a German employee who expects to only work 30 hours a week.
  • How would you deal with such a complex predicament as an HR Director? How would you deal with compensation issues?

Assignment Expectations

Your paper will be evaluated on the following points:

  • Precision – Does the paper address the question(s) or task(s)?
  • Clarity – Is the writing clear and the concepts articulated properly? Are paraphrasing and synthesis of concepts the primary means of response to the questions, or are excessive use of quotations how thoughts are conveyed? Are headings included in all papers greater than 2 pages?
  • Breadth – Is the full breadth of the subject addressed?
  • Depth – Does the paper address the topic in sufficient depth?
  • Grammar, spelling and vocabulary – Is the paper written well – is the grammar, spelling, and vocabulary suitable to graduate level work?
  • Referencing (citations and references) – Does the paper use citations and quotation marks when appropriate?
  • Critical thinking – Is the subject thought about critically, i.e., accurately, logically, relevantly, and precisely?
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