Human Resource Planning and Organizational Strategy
In a four- to five-page paper (excluding the title and references pages), discuss the relationship between human resource planning activities and the organization’s strategic development and implementation. Describe the eight elements of the staffing process. Examine the relationship between the eight elements of the staffing process and the four activities related to human resource planning.
Based on the information in Chapter 9: Case: Using the Internet to Find the Best Talent, review the human resource planning process and the previous readings from Chapter 6. Explain the relationship between the four activities of human resource planning and the organization’s strategic planning, development, and implementation.
Your paper should include in-text citations and references for at least three scholarly sources, in addition to the text, and be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.).
Case 9: Concussions and the National Football League
Playing professional football, almost by definition, is not one of the world’s safer jobs, especially at the level of the NFL, where players get injured almost every week of play. Sprained ankles, torn ligaments, concussions, and broken bones are regular game occurrences.
Over the past few decades, however, retired NFL players and others have registered concerns about how repetitive head injuries/concussions sustained while playing have impacted them later in life. Evidence has begun to mount that many retired NFL players face considerable neurological problems, including permanent brain damage, dementia, and much higher-thanaverage incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and clinical depression. Some NFL players may have even committed suicide due to degenerative brain disease.
During 2011 and 2012 various retired NFL players brought lawsuits against the NFL with respect to this issue. The players argued that the league knew or should have known the risks to players due to concussions/traumatic repetitive brain injuries suffered during the NFL games and that it did not do enough to prevent these injuries. In August 2013 the NFL agreed to settle these lawsuits by paying a total of $765 million to retired NFL players who have suffered injuries. Retired players suffering from Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s diseases will receive as much as $3 million apiece, while those suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease/ALS will receive up to $5 million. All retired NFL players will be eligible for paid neurological medical monitoring and baseline testing, with $75 million allocated to pay for this. Moreover, the NFL will also give $10 million to fund brain injury research and various education/safety programs.
Is this settlement fair? Certainly the $765 million number is significant, with retired players potentially receiving significant individual compensation. Also, the funds for future research could be very meaningful. Furthermore, the settlement avoided potentially years of costly litigation, with likely little remedy of the situation while the litigation was ongoing. That said, many feel that the NFL “got off cheap” with respect to the settlement deal. In 1 year, the NFL’s total revenues amount to about $9.5 billion, and observers expect that to more than double to about $25 billion by 2025. Under the settlement agreement, the NFL must pay half of the $765 million over the next 3 years but then has another 17 years to pay off the remaining sum. Clearly, the league’s future revenue stream should be able to support these payments.
In addition, concern remains that the agreement does not really get at the more systemic issue of making the game safer. Critics feel changes will have to start at the youth, high school, and college levels—levels of football play that involve many more individuals than the 4,800 former NFL players involved in given lawsuits. Some also feel that the $765 million payment will lead folks to overlook ongoing safety concerns that continue to exist.
Not all individuals or even NFL players feel this way, however. Some observers note that “football is football,” and those playing it at all levels in a sense accept the inherent dangers involved in the game. NFL players are very well paid professionals, with many making millions of dollars per year. Seattle Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman, for example, has strongly pointed out that NFL players have chosen their profession, and thus feels that these types of concerns are to some extent overblown. Sherman says that current NFL players are aware of the risks and have decided to play anyway. He notes that football is a violent way to make a living, but that it is part of what is great about the game and shouldn’t be watered down.
On the other hand, quarterback Brett Favre states he has experienced memory loss, including not remembering his daughter playing youth soccer during one summer. This worries him; he believes concussions have had a negative impact on his life and fears he might develop a brain disease experienced by many other athletes who have experienced hits to the head (Belson, 2013; Brinson, 2013; Chase, 2013; Blecher, 2016; Waldron, 2013; Sherman, 2013; Wilson & Smith, 2013).
- To what extent should there be something of a caveat emptor/buyer beware mentality when someone chooses to play football in the NFL?
- Can the NFL ever really make professional football totally safe?
- Is playing in the NFL different from being a NASCAR driver, a police officer, or an astronaut? If so, how? If not, why not?