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Compensating and Rewarding in the Workplace

Summarizes different ways that company employees can be compensated and rewarded fairly.

This paper describes various ways through which employees can be compensated suitably. The paper first addresses the market-driven pay system, and looks at the positive and negative employee responses to this system. The paper considers the benefits and disadvantages of this system for the organization and also looks at other approaches to establishing base pay, that include incentive pay and benefits. The paper examines the types of benefits there are and what the criteria should be for choosing these benefits. “Market-driven pay system has all the characteristics of a traditional base pay system plus more, going through all the steps such as job analysis, market survey, job evaluation and creation of pay ranges. Structuring this pay system begins with the personnel department recording the responsibilities and functions associated with each job in the firm. This is followed by each employee giving his own version regarding his job responsibilities and functions usually by filling out a preset job questionnaire. Both of the versions are used to finally establish job descriptions. This is followed by grouping the jobs in a hierarchy according to a job’s significance to the firm and assigning appropriate grades to them based on the job descriptions. A market survey is conducted in the next step in order to collect pay data of other organizations in similar business and with similar demographics. This step is undertaken by contacting other employers and various independent human resource consulting groups.”

The Code of the Streets

A review of Elijah Anderson’s The Code of the Streets.

This paper examines Elijah Anderson’s “The Code of the Streets” which introduces the idea that violence, aggression, stealing and other socially deviant behaviors are not perceived as infractions of rules, but rather conforming to a different standard, a different set of rules. Anderson does an adequate job of setting forth his ideas, along with providing sufficient evidence to support them. It criticizes Anderson’s perspective of street families and decent families when he describes inner city life and his portrayal of abusive mothers who beat their children and let them run riot. The contrasts between street families, and decent families are not always easily observed. As Anderson points out, most street families appear on the surface to be decent families. (Anderson, p. 157) The appearance of having calm, respectful children is often what the mother wants most, more than happy children. (Anderson, p. 157) Her desire for such a family is often so strong that she is quick to beat her children if they defy her law. (Anderson, p. 157) Anderson concludes that this abusive behavior is often perceived as acceptable behavior within the inner city the disapproval from the wider society as a whole. (Anderson, p. 157)

Flooding on Park Lane

A case study to resolve the flooding problems of Park Lane in Columbia County, Georgia.

The purpose of this case study is to perform analysis in order to recommend solutions to resolve the flooding problems from Reed’s Creek in the area at the end of Park Lane and also to convince the county commissioners to develop and implement a plan to provide a solution to the problem. It provides the background related to the problem, the magnitude of the problem, what the author believes to be the cause of the problem, and what affects the problem has on the residents. Outline Abstract Introduction Background Magnitude of the Problem Causes of the Problem The Affects of the Problem Analysis Goals How the Goals Relate to the Problem Alternatives for Achieving Goals Costs and Benefits of Alternatives How the Alternatives Affect the Problem Assumptions Pros and Cons of Alternatives Preferred Alternative Conclusion Implementation Plan Recommendation

Plans Success

It is plain to see that the alternative that should be selected is allowing commercial contractors, with strict guidelines, the opportunity to develop and implement a plan for the development of a nature park that would inevitably solve the main problem of flooding in the flood plain area and subsequently solve all the other minor problems the flooding brings. The reason I choose this alternative is because the project would be fully funded by commercial contractors and the project would be implemented quickly with the long-term goals being reached in a relatively short amount of time. There is no reason to place this tax burden on the residents of Columbia County when there are viable alternatives such as commercial development.

Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms

A review of Ernest Hemingway’s novel `A Farewell to Arms.`

This paper examines Ernest Hemingway’s novel A Farewell to Arms. based on Hemingway’s memories of driving an ambulance during World War I. Many of Hemingway’s novels are semi-autobiographical and the character of Frederic Henry is in fact modeled on himself and part of the story on his relationship with his wife. It shows that while this is a novel of memory, it is also a novel of self-discovery, structured to show the self-exploration and self-discovery of Frederic who’s character changes from the beginning of the novel to the end. It analyzes how the title of the novel has a dual meaning, for by the end of the novel the Frederic Henry will have been tested by arms, meaning the tools of war and he will have been held by the arms of his wife. He says farewell to both, to the war as he deserts and to his wife because she dies. `It is, of course, through his relationship with Catherine that his ability to care is brought forth most clearly so that it becomes a part of his overt personality. Catherine, for her part, is drawn to Frederic precisely because he is not deceptive, whether that is because he does not care enough or not. Catherine `defines herself as someone living life as fully as she can` (Hays 62), and `her love and devotion convert Frederic Henry from a selfish, uncaring individual to one who loves, who shares, and who serves others` (Hays 62). The relationship mirrors the one Hemingway himself had with Agnes, as noted, and he uses the story in the novel as a metaphor for his reality.`

Narration in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde

Shows how the narrative structure emphasizes Boethian philosophy in this work by Geoffrey Chaucer.

This paper asserts that Troilus and Criseyde by Geoffrey Chaucer is a treatise on Boethian philosophy more than an epic romance. The narrator is treated as a character whose purpose is to emphasize the deterioration of the poetic structure by displacing the audience, even as the hero simultaneously contends with his own emotional conflict and ultimate demise. Because Pandarus is created in Chaucer’s own image (Waswo 10), he serves a pivotal role as a vehicle for Chaucerian irony in the narration scheme itself. Pandarus embodies the pacing of the narration and the emotion of the narrator himself. Both Pandarus and the narrator claim that their actions are fueled by compassion for the lovers, yet they both exhibit bizarre personal gratification in the services they perform. Some critics have even observed how the narrator participates with delight in Pandarus’ machinations to bring the lovers together. In Books II and III, as Pandarus dashes from place to place arranging the lovers’ meetings, the narration itself speeds up (Waswo 10).