ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY
ONE COMPANY FOR ALL
Dr. Meggie Sizer
Business 520: Organizational Behavior
October 23, 2011
1. Using the model for goal-setting, evaluate Allstate's goal-setting process to determine whether or not Allstate has an effective goal-setting program.
Goal-setting is the process of specifying outcomes toward which individuals, teams, departments and organizations will strive and is intended to increase organizational efficiency and effectiveness (Hellriegel and Slocum, 2011). Goals motivate individuals, teams and whole organizations to perform better and at higher level (Adenike, 2009). As a matter of fact, it is considered one of the most important motivational tools for affecting the performance of employees in organizations (Hellriegel and Slocum, 2011).
Achieving goals is certainly not an easy task, but Allstate Corporation believes that its diversity strategy is one of the company's most important competitive weapons. According to James DeVries, senior vice president of human resources, this strategy has two major points: one internally and one externally focused. The internal diversity focus is about discovering potential in Allstate's workforce by providing them with all necessary tools, resources and opportunities to succeed. The external focus of diversity is about making sure that the Allstate's workforce matches the experience, backgrounds and sensitivities of the markets it serves (Hellriegel and Slocum, 2011).
Allstate made its first action program back in 1976. The main question human resource management faced was how to incorporate all differences together and make a program that will lead to achievement of corporate goals? They made a program that consists of four steps:
- Succession Programming. Allstate identifies and develop candidates for each key position. Their management informational system enables them to track and measure key drivers for career development and career opportunities for all of...