Improving a Department

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As a new manager, I have been brought in to change the environment of a department that is struggling to survive. The problems this department is currently faced with include an outdated product line, ineffective interdepartmental communication and fierce competition for corporate funding. These problems must be corrected in order for this department to survive, if this department cannot be turned around then corporate will see it as a liability and eventually find a way of their own to remedy the problem. I have outlined a plan to turn this department around and make positive changes that will result in a profitable department for the company.

The first step is to meet with corporate and discuss the overall goal of the company to ensure that the changes being made to the department are in line with the goals of the corporation. Information from this meeting with corporate will be communicated with management within my department and we will use this information to develop new policies and procedures. This information will also be helpful in developing new products and new marketing campaigns. New products are going to be a crucial part of turning the department around, product development will not only show the company that our department can contribute fresh ideas but that it can also make money for the company. The goal of my plan is to make this department a profitable asset for the company, which will increase corporate funding for the department, and this is the first step towards this goal.

Upper management within the department will hold meetings to brainstorm new policies and to decide which policies do not fall in line with our ultimate goal so that they can be eliminated. Our department will develop a mission statement to help guide the decisions made and the processes implemented, if a process does not coincide with our mission statement then it is useless and not worth pursuing. Employee input will be solicited in the form of employee opinion surveys, management will ask employees what changes they would like to see and what products and marketing ideas they feel would be successful. By doing this we are giving the employees a personal stake in what happens with our department, which in turn will improve employee involvement and pride in their work.
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