Business Lesson Five

Subject: Business

Resource type: Lesson

Skills: Creativity, Teamwork

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To Stay or Not to Stay?: In this activity, students step into the role of a HR Manager tasked with reviewing employee satisfaction. Access our comprehensive resource package, including detailed teacher notes, PowerPoint, student worksheet and answer sheet. Adapt to your classroom’s needs for a dynamic learning experience.


A HR manager at a leading accountancy firm has undertaken a review of employee satisfaction within their organisation. They have identified from the review that more must be done to retain staff and attract new employees.

Learning Aim

To apply critical thinking skills within the process of motivating and retaining employees.

Skills Builder Links

Creativity step 6
I use creativity in the context of work.

Teamwork step 7
I contribute to group decision making, whilst recognising the value of others’ ideas.

Curriculum Table

England: The national curriculum (England)Human resources
Students must know and understand the importance of retaining and motivating employees and how businesses achieve this, including financial and non-financial methods.
Scotland: The National 5 Business ManagementManagement of people – motivating and retaining
  • How businesses minimise staff turnover.
  • Financial methods used to motivate staff, ie payment systems — time, piece-rate pay, bonus, commission, overtime and salary.
  • Non-financial methods used to motivate staff, eg flexible work practices (job share, flexitime, teleworking), perks, working conditions, social events.
  • Wales: WJEC GCSE in business specificationQuality
    Learners need to understand how a business achieves quality (including employing the right people, training employees and implementing quality assurance).