Developing Professional Practice - Assignment Guidance Activity 1 The following is designed to help you with your first assignment on this programme, at this level of study. It brings together guidance for the assignment and different aspects of study skills that you will need to develop over time. It is strongly recommended that you read widely to support all of your assignments and invest in a study skill book such as The Study Skills Handbook by Stella Cottrell.
Briefly explain how the CIPD HRPM defines the HR profession, including the professional areas, the bands and the behaviours. Key words - how the HRPM defines the HR profession (these tell you what you have to do) * First you might wish to define what you understand by the HR Profession. * Then you will be able to use you explanation of the map to illustrate how CIPD feel that this defines the HR profession. Sources of information In lesson 1 – we looked at the “HR Contribution” – and HR being based on core principles.
The text book also provides a section on ‘What is HRM’. These should help with your definition. You may also use seek definitions of HR as a profession – from the CIPD website, alternative text books, or other sources. In lesson 3 we covered how HR provides a service to a range of customers. This is part of the function of HR. Having this as your basis will then allow you to briefly describe the HRPM and explain how it defines the HR professional – i. e. how it supports your definition and underpins the services HR provides to its customers.
Remember to consider the different roles and aspects of HR as a profession and the attributes required for these roles, also the career progression through the profession. This will enable you to link the theory to the map. ------------------------------------------------- Evaluate how the two core professional areas and any two selected behaviours uphold the concept of ‘HR Professionalism’, giving examples from the knowledge and activities at band 2. Key words – again the words in yellow tell you what you have to do. * First you could define the idea of HR Professionalism Then you would be able to bring in how the two core professional areas (PAs) support this idea. * You will find then that two of the behaviours will naturally link in to support your argument, as they display the attributes an HR Professional might have in order to carry out the activities identified in the PA. * Examples to support the theory may then be drawn from one aspect activities and one of knowledge from each PA. These examples may be general – or could be drawn from your own experience. Sources of information
The unit guidelines (on Moodle) provide a range of aspects of the HR Professional covered in the lessons: * The role and contribution of the HR Professional – types of action taken, acting as ambassadors, business partnering, being a ‘thinking performer’, the importance of behaving effectively re reputation and service delivery. * What it means to be a professional: - code of conduct, professional ethics, fundamental beliefs and concepts (covered in lesson 1), meeting customer needs efficiently and effectively – with discretion. The text book Taylor and Woodhams Chapter 4 covers all of the above aspects.
Incorporating theory and references: You may refer to theorists such as Ulrich, case studies or articles read such as role call, business partnering, Business Savvy, the ‘thinking performer’. These do not need to be explained. An example would be: Taylor and Woodhams (2012 p80) identify the CIPD concept of the ‘thinking performer’, as sitting “at the very heart of professional practice”. Although also a theory promoted by CIPD, this supports the idea that …………………………………….. and may be linked ………….. -------------------------------------------------
Explain, with related examples, why HR Professionals need to be able to manage themselves, manage groups or teams, manage upwards, and manage across the organisation. Key words – explain why HR Professionals need to be able to manage …… The word why – is important – it is not how. By now your report has already discussed the HR Profession and the role of HR Professional in relation to the range of services provided to customers and how the concept of the HRPM supports this. This part of the report should now take the idea a stage further to illustrate that there are four different elements to being an effective HR professional.
Here you will need to bring together the importance of meeting the needs of a range of different customers who operate at different levels, inside and outside of the organisation. Hence the need to be able manage in different ways. Sources of information: The text book Taylor and Woodhams Chapter 4 covers all of the above aspects including self management, team working, networking, influencing etc. Ulrich, Business Partnering, Role call case study, etc may be mentioned to support your own theories. The lesson provided additional theories in management and leadership, plus self management skills.
With regard to management, leadership and team theories – ensure you use them only to support a theme that you are discussing to answer the WHY question. Examples might be: An HR professional may not always be a manager but may still need to demonstrate leadership skills in leading, either within in a team or a task. Adair’s model (1983) illustrates the importance ………… .... Managing across and upwards in organisations may be difficult but the flowing example shows how an HR professional might adapt Blanchard and Hersey’s (2007) style of leadership to manage different situations.