Leisure Management II - Human Resources

Professional Development for leisure facility and service managers; develops skills to supervise and manage staff for better productivity and efficiency. Learn from experienced professionals.

Course Code: BRE104
Fee Code: S2
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment
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Learn to manage human resources in a leisure, recreation or fitness facility

People are a key resource for any business.  This course develops an understanding of important human resource issues such as work schedules, developing a team approach, team performance, staff recruitment, evaluating staff performance, and communication between staff.  Builds on Leisure Management I, but can stand alone.

Every facility or service requires competent management of staff, for services to be delivered efficiently and smoothly. To do this the manager needs to have both generic human resources skills, as well as knowledge and skills that are more specific to the industry they are working in.

This course is unique in providing an opportunity to develop your human resource management skills, within the context of the leisure industry; guided by academic faculty who have experience in leisure facility and service management.

Why do this course?

  • Raise your awareness and learn to understand human resource issues
  • Learn about team development
  • Improve your management - learn to improve staff productivity and performance
  • Develop your communication skills
  • Improve your career prospect

Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Work Schedules
  2. Work Teams
  3. Workplace Efficiency
  4. Recruitment
  5. Staff Performance
  6. Workplace Communications
  7. Staff Grievances
  8. Developing a Staff Manual

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims

  • Manage work schedules.
  • Manage a work team
  • Develop work team performance, to improve productivity and efficiency
  • Manage the recruitment of new staff.
  • Manage performance of individual members of staff.
  • Maintain good communication with staff.
  • Deal with staff grievances.
  • Produce a staff manual for a workplace.

What You Will Do

  • Prepare a work schedule, in accordance with a given job specification.
  • List items of information which legally must be maintained in staff records.
  • Explain different methods of maintaining work records.
  • Calculate pay for a specified case study, including deductions for taxation and superannuation.
  • Write a procedure for the maintenance of essential work records, in a specified recreation workplace, and in accordance with Quality Assurance Standard 9002.
  • Explain different delegation techniques appropriate to a specified recreation workplace.
  • Develop procedures to ensure different work tasks in a recreation workplace are performed in accordance with employer policy.
  • Plan work programs, for different situations, including *delivery of a specified activity program *maintenance of a specified recreation facility.
  • Develop a procedure to monitor work performance which satisfies the Quality Assurance Standard 9002.
  • Develop criteria for evaluating team performance in different situations.
  • Evaluate performance of a team, using criteria developed in 3.1.
  • Analyse evaluation made of the performance of a work team.
  • Develop recommendations for improvement of work team performance evaluation.
  • Develop a summary for a work team training program, in response to specified recommendations which have been developed.
  • Analyse staff needs in different recreation workplaces you visit, to determine areas where adjustments may be desirable for allocated manpower hours.
  • Explain the purpose of job specifications, including control of work tasks.
  • Develop strategies to locate potential employees, for different specified situations in the recreation industry, detailing those strategies.
  • Write copy for specified job advertisements, including *a classified of thirty five words *a small display advertisement.
  • List criteria for staff selection, in a specified situation.
  • Plan a standard job interview, in accordance with a given job specification, to run for twenty minutes.
  • Explain initiation procedures for a new member of staff, in accordance with a given job specification and specified situation.
  • Define "probation period" in a specific workplace.
  • Compare the legal implications of recruiting new staff in accordance with different specified procedures.
  • Explain differences in staff recruitment processes in different large organisations.
  • Explain different methods of assessing work productivity.
  • Design an Employee Performance Appraisal Form for a specified situation in the recreation industry.
  • List difficulties in using employee appraisal forms.
  • Evaluate the performance of different employees, in different recreation workplaces, using staff appraisal forms.
  • Develop a list of procedures to review changes, in the skills of an employee.
  • Explain career advancement opportunities for staff in different recreation workplaces you investigate.
  • Explain career paths for different different specified recreation industry jobs using illustrations.
  • Explain the purpose of staff meetings in a specified recreation organisation.
  • Explain the effectiveness of communication systems between staff and management in different, specific, recreation organisations.
  • Write an organisational procedure, to provide management with feedback from employees on any work related issues.
  • Explain different techniques of conflict resolution, appropriate to a specified problem in the workplace.
  • List guidelines for maintaining morale in a workplace.
  • Explain different types of grievance, in a specific workplace.
  • Explain the role of an employee or union representative in dealing with a grievance.
  • Explain the role of a supervisor in dealing with a grievance in a specific case study.
  • List guidelines to follow when dealing with a grievance.
  • Develop a formal procedure for dealing with grievances in a specified workplace situation.

An Introduction to Staff Management

The staffing function of Human Resource Management can be divided into five different activities: 

  1. Recruiting,

  2. Selecting,

  3. Training,

  4. Out sourcing,

  5. Out-placing.

Recruitment is the development of a pool of applicants for a job. This can occur internally or externally. Internal recruitment will come from employees already working in the organisation. The advantage is the understanding they already have of the facility and the opportunity to move upward within the organisation may encourage staff to remain with the company, work hard and succeed.

A disadvantage of internal recruitment is lack of skills or talent within existing employees creating a limited applicant pool leading to poor selection decisions.

External recruitment brings in new blood to the organisation which can inspire innovation. The most frequently used source of outside applicants is newspaper advertisements, employee referrals and college campus recruiting. It is becoming more popular for organisations to utilise electronic media such as the Internet both to advertise job openings and to gather applicant information.

Selection of staff can occur through interviews being the most popular ways. Questions asked by the interviewee have to be appropriate and job related. During an unstructured interview different questions are asked of the interviewees and follow up questions can also be asked to find out more about the candidates.

In a structured interview the same interview is conducted to each applicant. Reference checks, personality tests, biological/physiological tests, medical checks, performance and integrity tests can all be conducted.

During interviews there are types of questions in which can and cannot be asked, the following list provides you with a guide to asking questions without being discriminatory.

Appropriateness of questions does vary from place to place; and questions that may be acceptable in one place might not be acceptable elsewhere; either culturally or legally (or both).

As a General Rule….

You may be permitted to ask the following:

  • Have you ever used another name?

  • What is you place of residence?

  • If hired, can you show your proof of age?

  • Are you over 18 years of age?

  • What languages can you speak, read or write?

  • What is the name and address of a parent or guardian (if applicant is a minor)?

  • Do you have any physical condition that would keep you from performing your job?

  • Have you have a criminal record?

  • What professional organisations do you belong to?

You might not be permitted to ask the following:

  • What is your maiden name?

  • Do you own or rent your home?

  • How old are you? Birth date?

  • When did you attend school?

  • Where were you born? Your parents?

  • What is your native tongue?

  • With whom do you live?

  • Are you married or single? Divorced?

  • What does your spouse do?

  • How many children do you have? Their ages?

  • Have you made provisions for child care?

  • What is your cultural background?

  • What is your weight and height?

  • Do you have any physical disabilities?

  • Have you applied for workers compensation?

  • What religion are you?

Out Sourcing

This involves engaging people who are not regular employees of the organisation, to take on some of the tasks which employees might have otherwise done. Outsourcing can be an excellent solution for extraordinary situations, to relieve pressure upon the regular staff. A good example would be during an event when a security company and a catering company might be engaged. This removes a couple of areas of concern for regular staff, allowing them to devote extra attention to other areas where their normal workload may have increased.

Out Placing

Finally, out placing is a process where organisations assist employees who have been dismissed gain employment with another company. People often get fired for poor performance or other reasons. Some employers may feel it appropriate to help them achieve new work somewhere else.

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Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.

Kate Gibson

Kate has 12 years experience as a marketing advisor and experience as a project manager. Kate has traveled and worked in a variety of locations including London, New Zealand and Australia. Kate has a B.Soc.Sc, Post-Grad. Dip. Org Behaviour (HR).

Lyn Quirk

M.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy
Over 30 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head fo

John Mason

Writer, Manager, Teacher and Businessman with over 40 years interenational experience covering Education, Publishing, Leisure Management, Education, and Horticulture. He has extensive experience both as a public servant, and as a small business owner.
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Tutors

Meet some of the tutors that guide the students through this course.

Nicola Stewart

BA(Hons); Dip.Pub; CIM Dip.Marketing; PGCE; Dip.Holistic Aromatherapy; Dip.Reflexology; Dip.Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Language Education; Masters in Education & Professional Studies/Research, PhD (underway)

Nicola worked in publishing before changing direction to teach Anatomy, Physiology and various complementary therapies in the UK’s post-compulsory sector for 16 years. She is the published author of 10 books, plus a range of magazine articles and has also ghost-written across a number of genres. When she is not working for ACS, she provides specialist literacy tuition for children with dyslexia.

Melissa Leistra

Bachelor Education, Masters Human Nutrition

Melissa has a Masters Degree in Human Nutrition from Deakin University and Bachelor's degree specialising in personal development, health and physical education. She has enjoyed teaching Hospitality in the areas of commercial cookery and food and beverage. Her experience includes 16 years teaching health and nutrition and working in the hospitality industry. Melissa enjoys living a self-sustainable lifestyle on a farm and raising all types of animals. She is an experienced vegetarian/vegan cook and loves to create wholesome food using her slow combustion wood stove.

Lyn Quirk

M.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy

Lyn has 35 years of experience in the Fitness, Health and Leisure Industries. She has a string of qualifications that are far too long to list here; being qualified and registered to teach, coach or instruct a wide range of different sports and other skills.

Lyn established and managed Health clubs at three major five star resorts on Australia's Gold Coast, including The Marriott. She was a department head for a large government vocational college (TAFE), and has conducted her own aquafitness business for many years. Lyn has among her other commitments worked as a tutor for ACS for almost 10 years, and over that time, participated in the development or upgrading of most courses in her fields of expertise.

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