Gardens for All Supply Company

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STAFFING MANAGEMENT INSTRUCTOR’S MANUAL Gardens for All Supply Company: Older Workers as a Tactical Advantage for Business By Donna Austin-Hawley, B.S., SPHR
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PROJECT TEAM Author: Donna Austin-Hawley, B.S., SPHR SHRM project contributor: Bill Schaefer, M.A., CEBS, SPHR External contributors: Barbara McIntosh, Ph.D., SPHR Sharon H. Leonard Copy editing: Katya Scanlan, copy editor Design: Jim McGinnis, manager, Creative Services © 2014 Society for Human Resource Management. Donna Austin-Hawley, B.S., SPHR Note to HR faculty and instructors: SHRM case studies and learning modules are intended for use in classrooms at universities. Although our current intent is to make the materials available without charge, we reserve the right to impose charges should we deem it necessary to support the program. Currently these resources are available free of charge to all. Please duplicate only the needed number of copies of the student workbook, one for each student in the class. Please note: All company and individual names in this case are fictional. The development of this case study was made possible through the support from a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. For more information, please contact: SHRM Academic Initiatives 1800 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314 USA Phone: +1.800.283.7476 Web: shrm.org/education/hreducation 14-0567
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© 2014 Society for Human Resource Management. Donna Austin-Hawley, B.S., SPHR 1 GARDENS FOR ALL SUPPLY COMPANY CASE STUDY Instructor Notes The Gardens for All Supply Company (GASC) case can be used as a teaching tool in multiple ways after completing Learning Module 9 of the Workforce Planning: Aging and Employment Course. 1. The case and one or two questions can be used as part of an exam on this section of the course. (Instructors can use different questions, so they can use the case multiple times without fear of file sharing.) 2. The case can also be used for in-class discussion. Depending on enrollment, the class can be broken into teams with each team addressing one question. Another approach would be for each team to take the role of one of the partners or one of the advisory team members. Teams can then be asked to identify and write up the issues from their perspective and to present their position(s) in a mock company meeting. 3. The case can be introduced after Module 4, and appropriate questions can be identified for class discussion to accompany Modules 4-9. 4. The case can also be used as part of the final exam without asking specific questions and graded on the basis of students’ ability to identify the issues and present possible solutions.
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2 © 2014 Society for Human Resource Management. Donna Austin-Hawley, B.S., SPHR COMPANY BACKGROUND Gardens for All Supply Company (GASC) was founded in 2008 by four college roommates, two with degrees in biology and environmental sciences and two with degrees in business. Brian, Mattie, Tom and Sam met during their summer job at Williams Nursery, a local farm that grows and sells a variety of flowering plants, small decorative shrubs, trees and vegetables to the surrounding community. The
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