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Case Code: CLHR004
Case Length: 2 pages 
Period: ---  
Pub Date: 2008
Teaching Note: Not Available
Subject : Human Resources/ Organization Behavior
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Industry : IT/ Consulting
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HR Best Practices at Sonoma Partners*



In 2008, Chicago-based consulting firm Sonoma Partners, LLC, (Sonoma Partners), featured in the 'Chicago's Best and Brightest Companies to work for' for the second consecutive time. Experts felt that in a relatively short time, the company had demonstrated its ability to create organizational value and business results through its policies and best practices in human resource (HR) management. The highlights of its HR practices were a good benefits package, a stimulating workplace, and a unique mentoring program.
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  • HR best practices
  • Monetary and non-monetary incentives
  • Work/life balance
  • Training/mentoring
Sonoma Partners, LLC (Sonoma Partners), a consulting company based in Chicago, USA, was founded in 2001. It helped small and medium enterprises (SME) to build and manage their database using Microsoft Dynamics CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software. Sonoma Partners was a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and had been working with Microsoft CRM since its inception.

In addition to its success in CRM implementations for client firms and the various awards it received for it, the relatively small entrepreneurial venture had also earned accolades for its human resource (HR) management practices...
Questions for Discussion:
1. Critically analyze the HR practices at Sonoma Partners. Do you think the company will be able to attract and retain talent in an industry that was known for high attrition? Give reasons to support your answer.

2. List down the HR best practices followed by Sonoma Partners and comment on what impact these practices have on its employees/potential employees.


Monetary,Training,life balance,Sonoma Partners,LLC

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