Assessment 2: Blog (25%)
On a daily basis, tourism and hospitality managers are required to be dynamic and influential yet empathetic and participative. They must champion innovation and creativity whilst monitoring stability, structure and control. An underlying commonality is the need to make decisions, both tactically and strategically, that influence the outcomes for many stakeholders. These decisions are sometimes instinctive and at other times calculated and well considered. They are all however, based on a collaboration of experience, research and sharing ideas.
Gather academic and non-academic material which reflect your response to 'The Topic':
Management is the pursuit of flexibility
You will post a summary during each week over two weeks and actively engage in discussion and debate within a community of Management Team Learners or MTLs (refer to Stepping Stone 1 of your Study Guide for more information on MTLs) on the relevance and importance of your material to the topic.
To be an active MTL, our expectation is that you will (in addition to your original summary post) access, contribute and engage in discussion at least once per week. It is anticipated that you will use the online environment (i.e. your online group folder a.k.a. Blog space) to share thoughts, points of interest and relevant links, literature and other materials.
Find at least 2 items (one Academic journal article and one Industry article) that are relevant to the topic, ‘Management is the pursuit of flexibility’.
Prepare a blog entry for each item that you have chosen (maximum 200 words per entry): Blog entry should be structured in three sections:
Discuss and debate within your community of ‘management team learners’ by engaging with these articles and the issues raised through them.
Industry Article: Using Workplace Flexibility as a Talent Strategy
Discussion: “Management is the pursuit of flexibility”
The management always urges for the flexibility in the organization to direct them in the path of attaining success. This article highlights the importance of the workplace flexibility as exhibited by the management for utilizing it as the talent strategy of the organization. In the flexible working environment, the managers ensure rescheduling of tasks as per the benefit of the employees. The application of the democratic leadership strategy enables the employees engage in the work process with the leaders and managers. The article highlighted the importance of leveraging flex for redesigning the working process (SHRM, 2019).
Quinn et al. (2015) has commented that flexibility does not only allow learning but amalgamating and balancing the different competencies. The work culture flexibility is one such stepping stone that encourages the employees to learn, balance their work and contribute the best towards organization. Bal & De Lange (2015) mentioned that flexibility in the management encourages better teamwork thereby attaining the objectives of the organization. Qin, Nembhard and Barnes (2015) opined this enable selecting the best employees as the employees remain loyal to the organization.
As a junior executive in my organization, I have always realised the importance of flexible work culture. Our leaders have ensured that we can work as per our leverage but the main motive was to attain the designed objectives. Flexibility has helped to improve the value proposition of the employees and helps recruiting untapped talent pools.