Two Olympic Gold Medalist in skiing married in 2014, Jason and LeAnn Benson opened Adventurers and Explorers (A&E) outdoor sporting store that sales gear and clothing. The couple’s concept is different than many of the other sporting goods stores, they design and sell their own lines of specialized products. LeAnn’s focus is on the design of products and Jason’s focus is on the financials; therefore, no one is worrying about the organizational policies or controls.
Jason and LeAnn encourages their employees to continue their favorite outdoor sport from skiing, mountain climbing, white-water rafting, etc. Employees are given two weeks of paid vacation. However, many employees were allowed to take up to two months off at half pay so they could fulfill their life-long dreams. Samantha just returned from a successful climb of Mount Everest. Beth will use her two months off to backpack around Europe. Around the office there was a joke of having the weekend flu where employees would take (Friday-Monday off) to enjoy the outdoors. The office often ran below staffing levels depending on the season. In addition, because Jason and LeAnn were Gold Medalist they attract more employees who are interested in skiing. The skiers want time off during the peak season. This is also the peak time for A&E orders and service requests.
In the last three (3) years the company has grown from 30 employees to 100. Jason and LeAnn need advice on controlling the daily staffing levels so A&E are able to meet or exceed customer expectations for responsiveness without sacrificing its own identity as a company. Choose one of the issues facing A&E and propose a solution and rationale for your response.
- Paid vacation along with the most valuable times for vacation (peak season time off)
- Attendance Issue-The Weekend Flu (Friday-Monday)
- A&E needs to know whether customers are satisfied with the products and responsive to their needs as outdoor enthusiasts.