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Students in the Human Resource Management Strategy and Consulting course worked as consultants during service learning projects for Alamance County Habitat for Humanity, Alamance County Open Door Clinic, Alamance County 3+1 Accelerated Dual Degree Program, Elon and the Elon Human Resources Office.

As part of the Human Resource Management (HRM) Strategy and Consulting course, 20 students from the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business applied their knowledge of business strategy and human resources to complete service-based projects that address the organizational needs of Habitat for Humanity of Alamance County, Open Door Clinic of Alamance County, Elon 3+1 Accelerated Dual Degree Program, and the Elon Office of Human Resources.

nine people standingIn teams, students worked as consultants to develop recommended strategies and materials that organizations could implement in the near future. At the end of the spring semester, the teams presented their work to representatives of the organizations.

For the Alamance County Open Doors Clinic, a team developed a training manual to use in the onboarding process for new volunteers.

The team working with the Office of Human Resources created a standardized process from pre-hire to post-hire and developed a DEI manual for hiring faculty and staff.

The 3+1 Accelerated Dual Degree team reviewed the program’s existing competency model for student success, developed content-valid interview questions for program applicants, and created a new assessment rubric to use in the application process. interview.

Two teams worked with Habitat for Humanity of Alamance County, one of which conducted a full-time employee benefits benchmarking study and surveyed full-time employees on their knowledge of benefits and perception of the importance, and the second team created an interactive onboarding presentation for the new board. members Both teams worked together to re-develop and improve the employee handbook.

“I was very impressed with the students’ work and especially their very insightful thinking,” said Sara Beth Hardy, deputy director of community partnerships at the Kernodle Center for Civic Life, who viewed the Habitat for Humanity presentations.

Taught by Associate Professor of Management Brian Lyons, the HRM: Strategy and five people standingThe consulting course covers various strategic HR perspectives and how they can lead to increased organizational performance. Service learning projects serve as a capstone experience for the HRM major and offer experiential learning requirement credit for those interested in human resources.

“This portion of the course is designed to be beneficial to all of our community partners and students,” Lyons said. “Our students get experience working on a timely HR-related issue with their community partner, and in turn, provide them with a tangible solution. Therefore, our community partners receive a high-quality product that they can immediately implement in their organization. The final presentation is a moment of joy for our students, community partners and, honestly, for me.”

“This project served as an integral culmination of my time at Elon as it challenged me to reference knowledge bases from previous years to help me complete a project on a disciple that I had no experience with,” added Haille Rutsky ’22, who worked on the Accelerated 3+1 team. “Such a long project often feels daunting, but I think this is one of the most realistic project experiences I’ve ever completed, and going forward, I feel much more confident moving on to future employment.”

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