Sephats Tours

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Management Summary

The human resources element shall be an essential component in the delivery of the total service. By encouraging all employees to handle customers well, and by having enthusiastic, capable and empowered people interacting with our customers, we intend to build the competitive advantage of being able to comprehensively meet our customers' needs. There will be need to evaluate jobs and remuneration packages against market benchmarks to employees for their agreed and set out tasks so as to ensure they are competitive. These principles extend to accident, medical, death and welfare benefits.

6.1 Organizational Structure

Sephats Tours shall be managed primarily by working owners/partners. The company will engage more of a functional organization structure whereby people shall be focusing on their prime area of expertise. However in engaging this organization structure we intend to ensure that there is open communication between all personnel at all levels. With such a group we believe it will be simple to communicate with and support one another. Our organizational structure demonstrates the importance we shall put on our customers, and ensuring their satisfaction in utilizing our services.

As the company grows there will be more structure to the utilizing, with new employees being assigned a supervisor or subordinate. When the company is at its full staff potential, it will operate as any closely held utilizing, but maintain the personal interest in each employee's personal and family welfare and their contributions to the business.

We acknowledge the fact that successful recruiting, motivation, and discipline procedures are keys to the growth of the utilizing. Hence we intend to promote and maintain good labour relations, strong morale and high quality work per employee through undertaking the following: [discussion omitted].

6.2 Management Team

The founders of Sephats Tours are passionate about the activities it will promote and offer on the market. Management style will reflect the participation of the directors/shareholders. The company intends to respect its community and treat all employees well. We will develop and nurture the company as community. However we realize that we are not fully conversant in tourism and as such intend to engage experienced staff as well as undergo a training course from a reputable institution.

The Managing Director's experience in public commercial transportation and government will assist in the establishment of good networks. He also has attended a course in Auto Mechanics at X Centre that will assist in servicing the vehicles. However acknowledging the importance of continuous training and improvement the Managing Director intends to undergo a course in Travel and Tourism so as to be fully conversant in the field, as well as obtain knowledge of the latest developments in the industry.

6.3 Personnel Plan

The detailed monthly personnel plan for the first year is included in the appendix. The annual personnel estimates are included here. We believe this plan is a good compromise between fairness and expedience, and meets the commitments of our mission and business objectives.

We intend to compensate our personnel well, so as to retain their invaluable expertise and to ensure job satisfaction and enrichment through delegation of authority. Our compensation will include health care, generous profit sharing, plus a minimum of three weeks vacation. Sephats Tours recognizes that our employees contribute fundamentally to the company's long-term prosperity, acknowledging our obligation to remunerate them competitively. We intend to enhance our capacity to attract and retain people of quality through competitive remuneration packages.

Personnel Plan
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Directors $0 $48,000 $60,000
Accountant $30,000 $36,000 $36,000
Tour Guide $21,600 $48,000 $48,000
Sales & Marketing $19,200 $32,400 $43,200
Driver $14,400 $36,000 $36,000
Personal Assistant $13,200 $18,000 $18,000
Cleaner $7,200 $18,000 $18,000
Nightwatchman $7,200 $9,600 $9,600
Mechanic $0 $20,400 $20,400
Total People 11 14 16
Total Payroll $112,800 $266,400 $289,200

6.4 Training

In-house training shall be continuous so that we are continuously up-to-date in meeting customer requirements. With time we also intend to undertake regular external training particularly following any new developments in the market. This will ensure we are implementing the latest techniques and aware of customers expectations. By setting our standards against industry benchmarks we will be able to ensure a regular flow of customers as they are continually referred to us.

Internal training will not only include service and technical aspects, but also expand to give much greater knowledge of customers, market trends, services, new technology aids, time management amongst other such variables. Marketing sessions in particular will be a regular occurrence, as this will ensure that our personnel continuously portray a positive image of the business, assisting in bringing in more business.

6.5 Feedback and Control

  1. We intend to make sure that each employee understands the goals of the firm, is customer focused, proud of their work and work as a team. This will encourage employees to become entrepreneurial and customer responsible, in addition to unifying staff in customer focus and values.

  2. Important notices and developments will be continuously communicated to employees so as to keep them abreast of developments and promoting a sense of belonging and oneness in the organization.

  3. We will encourage our employees to put forward any suggestions they might have regarding the improvement of any of the company's functions - an open door philosophy. Such a culture will enhance innovativeness and creativity in turn leading to job satisfaction and enrichment.

  4. We undertake to continuously formalize and measure cross-functional working communication so as to ensure that the various departments work harmoniously towards attainment of company objectives.