Congratulations to Loren Dyck of the University of La Verne for submitting the winning response to the Interpretive Challenge question for Spring 2015. Professor Dyck won a $1000 scholarship for the winning team in his Managing Human Resources course this past Spring.
The winning team for Spring consisted of Dennis, Alec, Nicole and Lauren. Their performance in the simulation was strong and consistent. They were in 2nd place in overall performance at the end of the first quarter, but then were in 1st place for the rest of the simulation. The students enjoyed the simulation and had a number of takeaways from the simulation that will help them in their future careers as managers, and each noted that it’s extremely important to keep your employees happy as a manager. Below please find the bios from each student as well as a photo submitted by Professor Dyck of him with the winning team during their final Management Audit Presentation on May 28, 2015.
Dennis (Senior Business Administration Major – Graduated Spring 2015):
I learned about the trade offs that have to be made due to the budget constraints. Most enjoyable was definitely seeing our company outperform the others. What will help me most as a manager is learning that we can’t please everyone all the time. Different people want different things and sometimes you can’t offer everything.
Nicole (Junior Business Administration Major with concentration in Management – expected to graduate in Jan 2016 and pursue her Masters in Organizational Leadership):
It was a really positive experience to work on the simulation because I was able to be in charge of the HR department and make major decisions that will potentially affect the employees. I really enjoyed the result turnout because I was able to see the cause and effect of such decisions on morale, turnover and accident rates. I really enjoyed experimenting with the simulation towards the final quarters to see how much one aspect of a training program can affect the satisfaction of the employees. The aspect that will help me most as a manager is being more aligned with employee needs by being able to understand what makes an employee happy and loyal to the company.
When asked about their success during the Management Audit Presentation on May 28, Nicole said “the student handbook was our best friend!”
Lauren (Junior Business Administration Major with concentration in Management – expected to graduate in Feb 2016 and pursue her Masters in Kinesiology):
My experience with the simulation was great. My team and I had our goals and were driven to succeed. Once we got used to the game we knew what we had to do. I enjoyed playing and learned that the most important thing in a business is satisfying your employees. Something I will take from this as a manager is to get to know your employees well and build a connection. That way you know if there are any problems and it makes for a friendly work environment, but it’s important to keep it professional at the same time.
Congratulations to all of them!