Week 5 Discussion 1 Human Resource Management

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Week 5 Discussion

Discussion 1: Workforce

During the past few decades, demographers began to predict major
shifts in the ethnic and racial population of the U.S. These shifts, in
turn, have significantly impacted the social composition of the labor
force. The workforce changes that we have already seen in both the
private and public sector include: increases in the number of women,
increases in foreign-born or immigrant workers, and increases in the
average age of workers.

In this Discussion, you will examine the evolution of an
organization’s workforce and consider the implications on human resource
management. You will develop strategies to capitalize on a changing

For this Discussion, review this week’s Resources. Review Chapter 12 of Human Resources Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations,
paying particular attention to the evolving workforce. Review “The
Workforce” segment of the course media. Focus on the evolution of the
U.S. workforce. Identify a government or non-profit organization and
consider the role of workforce planning within this organization.

Then, visit the U.S. Census Bureau website or census bureau website
of your nation. Select the state or region in which the organization you
selected is found and identify the demographic trends there. Consider
the trend and think about the preparedness of the employees for the
future. Consider how a major change in the workforce could impact human
resource management.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 3 a brief description of a government or
non-profit organization you are familiar with. Explain the demographic
trends that may impact the workforce of the organization you selected.
Explain the evolution of the workforce in terms of types of employees,
locations, relationship to organization, and the implications on human
resource management (HRM).

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the resources.

Week 5 Learning Resources

This page contains the Learning Resources for this week. Be sure to
scroll down the page to see all of this week’s assigned Learning
Resources. To access select media resources, please use the media player

Required Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.


  • Pynes, J. E. (2013). Human resources management for public and nonprofit organizations: A strategic approach (4th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
    • Chapter 12, “Volunteers” (pp. 377–402)
  • Brudney, J. L., & Meijs, L. C. P. M. (2009). It ain’t natural:
    Toward a new (natural) resource conceptualization for volunteer
    management. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 38(4), 564–581.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Dychtwald, K., & Baxter, D. (2007). Capitalizing on the new mature workforce. Public Personnel Management, 36(4), 325–334.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Laff, M. (2006). Talent management: From hire to retire. Training & Development, 60(11), 42–48.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Lewis, G. B., & Cho, Y. J. (2011). The aging of the state government workforce: Trends and implications. The American Review of Public Administration, 41(1), 48–60.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Wanlund, B. (2012). Changing demographics. CQ Researcher, 22(41), 989–1012.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.


  • Laureate Education (Producer). (2014). Human resource management: Building a capable workforce [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu
    • “The Workforce” with Melanie Hughes, President, Org4Change

      Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 12 minutes.

Please proceed to the Discussion.


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