two letters and an email message
Letter # 1
The coffee shop across the street from your tiny apartment is your haven away from homeâ€”great beverages, healthy snacks, an atmosphere that is convivial but not so lively that you canâ€™t focus on homework, and free wireless. It lacks only one thing: some way to print out your homework and other files when you need hard copy. Your collegeâ€™s libraries and computer labs provide printers, but you live three miles from campus, and itâ€™s a long walk or an inconvenient bus ride.
Write a letter to the owner of the coffee shop, encouraging her to set up a printing service to complement the free wireless access. Propose that the service run at break-even prices, just enough to pay for paper, ink cartridges, and the cost of the printer itself. The benefit to the shop would be enticing patrons to spend more timeâ€”and therefore more of their coffee and tea moneyâ€”in the shop. You might also mention that you had to take the bus to campus to print this letter, so you bought your afternoon latte somewhere else.
Letter # 2
Water polo is an active sport that provides great opportunities for exercise and for learning the collaborative skills involved in teamwork. You can learn more at the USA Water Polo website.
Write a one-page letter to parents of 10- to 14-year-old boys and girls, promoting the health and socialization benefits of water polo and encouraging them to introduce their children to the sport through a local club. Tell them they can learn more about the sport and find a club in their area by visiting the USA Water Polo website.
Email # 1
As a motivated, ambitious employee, you naturally care about your performance on the jobâ€”and about making sure your performance is being fairly judged and rewarded. Unfortunately, the company has gone through a period of turmoil over the past several years, and you have reported to seven managers during the past five years. One year, someone who had been your boss for only three weeks and knew almost nothing about you or your work did your annual performance review. Last year, your boss was fired the day after he wrote your review, and you canâ€™t help but wonder whether you got a fair review from someone in that situation. Overall, you are worried that your career progression and wage increases have been hampered by inconsistent and ill-informed performance reviews.
The company allows employees to keep copies of their reviews, but you havenâ€™t been diligent about doing so. You would like to get copies of your last five reviews, but you heard from a colleague that the human resources department will not release copies of past reviews without approval from the managers who wrote them. In your case, however, three of the managers who reviewed you are no longer with the company, and you do not want your current boss to know you are concerned about your reviews.
Write an email message to the director of human resources, Leon Sandes, requesting copies of your performance reviews over the past five years. Use the information included above and make up any additional details you need.