Review Case Incident 11.1, Accept Things as They Are?(PDF), and answer the questions below:Questions:What options does Jane have?What influence, if any, would the federal government have in this case?
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Case Incident 11.1
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Accept Things As They Are?
Jane Harris came to work at the S&J department store two years ago. In Jane’s initial
assignment in the finance department, she proved to be a good and hard worker. It soon became
obvious to both Jane and her department head, Rich Jackson, that she could handle a much more
responsible job than the one she presently held. Jane discussed this matter with Rich. It was
obvious to him that if a better position could not be found for Jane, S&J would lose a good
employee. As there were no higher openings in the finance department, Rich recommended her
for a job in the accounting department. She was hired.
Jane joined the accounting department as payroll administrator and quickly mastered her
position. She became knowledgeable in all aspects of the job and maintained a good rapport with
her two employees. A short time later, Jane was promoted to assistant manager of the accounting
department. In this job, Jane continued her outstanding performance.
Two months ago, Bob Thomas suddenly appeared as a new employee in the accounting
department. Ralph Simpson, vice president of administration for S&J, explained to Jane and Steve
Smith, head of the accounting department, that Bob was a trainee. After Bob had learned all
areas of the department, he would be used to take some of the load off both Jane and Steve and
also to undertake special projects for the department. Several days after Bob’s arrival, Jane learned
that Bob was the son of a politician who was a close friend of the president of S&J. Bob had worked
in his father’s successful election campaign until shortly before he joined S&J.
Last week, Steve asked Jane to help him prepare the accounting department’s budget for
next year. While working on the budget, Jane got a big surprise. She found that Bob had been hired
at a salary of $2,400 per month. At the time of Bob’s hiring, Jane, as assistant manager of the
accounting department, was making only $2,000 per month.
After considering her situation for several days, Jane went to see Ralph Simpson, the
division head, about the problem. She told Ralph she had learned of the difference in salary
while assisting Steve with the budget and stated it was not right to pay a trainee more than a
manager. She reminded Ralph of what he had said several times: that Jane’s position should
pay $26,000 to $28,000 per year considering her responsibility, but S&J just could not afford to
pay her that much. Jane told Ralph that things could not remain as they were at present, and she
wanted to give S&J a chance to correct the situation. Ralph told Jane he would get back to her
in several days.
About a week later, Ralph gave Jane a reply. He stated that while the situation was unfair,
he did not think S&J could do anything about it. He told her that sometimes one has to accept
things as they are, even if they are wrong. He further stated that he hoped this would not cause
S&J to lose a good employee.
1. What options does Jane have?
2. What influence, if any, would the federal government have in this case?
Rue, L. W., Ibrahim, N. A., & Byars, L. L. (2013). Management: Skills and application (14th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
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