BUS 210 Project One Management Brief
The SNHU Pet Supply Company is a 30-year-old organization based in Manchester, New Hampshire that
produces and sells pet supplies. The company has 200 employees in Manchester; 100 employees in a
satellite office in Denver, Colorado; and a remaining 300 employees who work remotely throughout the
country. The organization has had to rapidly expand due to a substantial increase in consumer demand
over the past two years.
The SNHU Pet Supply Companyâ€™s mission is to provide high-quality pet food, treats, and toys to dogs and
Note: If you would instead like to use the mission statement you created with your group in the Module
Four discussion, you may do so.
The SNHU Pet Supply Company is staffed by a diverse group of more than 500 employees who love pets
and appreciate the joy and friendship they bring to our homes and communities. We are a passionate,
friendly group of people who strive to provide high-quality products and customer-first services across
the nation to our customers and their pets.
â€¢ Make quality pet products easier for customers to obtain through decreasing production costs
â€¢ Increase workplace efficiencies to deliver products more quickly and effectively
â€¢ Increase employee satisfaction ratings by 4%
The organization is divided into three divisions: food, toys, and supplies. Each division has its own
product development, merchandising, marketing, sales, supply chain, and retail operations department.
Although some of these departments collaborate on major projects, such as nationwide marketing
campaigns, they usually work independently. The company also has other departments that cover all
three divisions, such as Human Resources (HR) and Informational Technology (IT).
The Manchester and Denver offices are headed by the vice presidents (VPs) of each location. Most of
the remote workers report to the VP at Manchester, although a handful are associated with the Denver
office as well. Each office has its own divisional and departmental managers, and although these
managers are given some independence on how to manage their teams, most decisions must be
approved by their VPs or the executive leadership in Manchester.
A text-only version of the image above is available in the Supporting Materials section of the Project One
Guidelines and Rubric in your course.
The company primarily relies on formal communication methods such as email and in-person meetings;
however, each colocated division also has its own preferred communication tools. Communication tools
vary from comments in live documents (through Googleâ€™s G Suite applications or Microsoft Office 365)
to instant messaging tools (through Skype, Teams, or Slack) to in-office whiteboards.
Employees and managers often note in feedback surveys that they do not receive information in a
timely, consistent fashion, and that more often than not, they hear about major changes and initiatives
through the grapevine or through informal conversations with coworkers. Employees on shared-services
teams (HR and IT) also note that the different team cultures and communication preferences across
divisions and locations make it difficult for them to collaborate and communicate with their coworkers.
As the company grew rapidly to meet consumer demands, it experienced rapid turnover. Leaders
promoted veteran employees to management roles based on years of experience. These new managers
were assigned direct reports at random, including direct reports from colocated divisions and fully
remote employees working on colocated teams.
Many of the new managers had little management experience. As a result, the company provided a twoday intensive management training and provided all managers with a handbook that outlined the
standard company-management practices. Managers were expected to follow the standard practices in
the handbook. These practices included using an authoritative, results-based management style;
resolving performance issues quickly based on standard processes; and fulfilling tasks related to project
management, meeting facilitation, and decision making for their teams.
In feedback surveys, employees frequently noted that their managers were often insensitive and
inflexible, leaving little room for others to have a say in decision-making processes. They also reported
feeling micromanaged. Managers who responded to the feedback surveys noted that they often felt
uncomfortable using the strict, standardized management styles and approaches the company required.
While management styles and approaches were standardized across teams, things like productivity tools
and collaborative practices were not. As the company grew in size, managers saw a continual decline in
productivity. Many managers, especially those new to their roles, often stated they felt overwhelmed
and underprepared for their role.
To address these concerns, leadership created a new organizational goal focused on improving
employee satisfaction and giving managers more autonomy over managing their teams. The changes
have been in place for almost a year, and the organization has seen an increase in employee
satisfaction. However, your teamâ€™s previous manager decided to continue using the old management
style, stating that it better suited their personal management style and that it would be most
appropriate for their team.
Your team has been together for a little over two years. Your teammates describe one another as
creative and capable, but they feel their skills are underused, and they have one of the lowest employee
satisfaction ratings in the organization. In surveys, their feedback centers around a few specific areas: a
lack of autonomy, not feeling heard or valued, and abundant miscommunication.
Because the teamâ€™s previous manager had maintained the organizationâ€™s strict, results-based
management style, team members were often pushed to meet short deadlines and focus on
quantitative achievements. They felt as though they had no opportunities to get creative, take initiative,
or grow. When they asked questions, expressed concerns, or made suggestions for improvements, their
previous manager often shot them down in ways that were insensitive. This caused the team to give up
The previous manager also tried to keep team members from going â€œoutside the teamâ€ to get support
or to collaborate. The manager would grow frustrated when teammates would communicate with
others and come back with new ideas or knowledge of how other teams were operating, claiming this
was â€œwasted time and energy.â€ The managerâ€™s mentality also frustrated the team around the time of
the organizational change. The team felt left out of the loop regarding organizational initiatives, major
announcements, and general updates due to the lack of cross-team and cross-departmental
communication. Lastly, the previous manager worked from the Manchester, New Hampshire office and
would schedule all team meetings based on Eastern Standard Time, which created scheduling
complexities for geographically distributed team members.
While your team members have been feeling undervalued and frustrated for some time, their feedback
does note that they do like one another, collaborate well among themselves, and each seem to have a
unique skill set that could be used in addition to their typical job responsibilities.
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