Factors that Impact Organizational Development

Organization development is about the activities engaged in by stakeholders in order to build and maintain the health of an organization as a total system. When a business is under going changes the following occur:

  • Additional stress is placed on the organization and culture;
  • An increased focus on social, human and group dynamics where what was considered normal is no longer;
  • An atmosphere of collaboration and facilitation is often missing;
  • Stakeholders are no longer engaged in solving the issues throughout the process;
  • The focus is frequently not on a “win-win” outcome.

Resistance to change may be negative, disruptive or constructive. To ensure you are doing the best you can to rise above the potential negative implications of change try the following:

  • Becoming aware of personal biases.
  • Improved communication – that works up down, backwards, and forwards.
  • Staying the course in a change process and seeing it through – it is called “grit”.
  • Suggest options that serve the process.
  • Work collaboratively and cooperatively as a team. Team is what it took and still takes to have it all come together.  Without teams the accomplishment factor dwindles considerably.

Marie-Helene Sakowski – Business Change & Transition – info@effectiveplacement.com