Organizations undergo a variety of behavioral trends. These trends influence the attitude of the organization as a whole. Two key forces, which affect any organization, are decisions made by management and the vast improvement of technology. Management implements policies and procedures and make decisions that affect the entire organization. All entrust that any decisions made should be ethical standpoints that align with the company goals. If an individual makes poor decisions, the outcome of those decisions can have a major impact on the perception of that individual in the end.
Over time, technology has affected each employee in both positive and negative aspects. Enhanced communication through technology can be a double-edged sword. With all the corporate scandals reported in the news and rumors of self serving, greedy CEO’s running amuck, the question of ethics in the workplace is sure to arise. Based on the corrupt society we live in one can easily see why someone would question the moral conduct of people in positions of power. The age of information technology is upon us and due to the advances in this field; life has become more stressful for people at work.
The reasons behind higher stress levels at work range from lack of resources to being accused of not being a team player by co- workers. Organizations have a responsibility to their employees to set the standards for ethical business practices. Each company needs to have a written business code of conduct for acceptable and non acceptable standards. To insure company policy adherence each employee must be familiar with the exact guidelines for expected behavior as a representative of that organization.
When specific guidelines are issued and communicated, making the correct decision is easier to be facilitated. If an organization is consistent in requiring workers to follow its policies, the company has a greater chance of being viewed as respectable. The actions displayed by employees even outside of work hours are a reflection on the organization at all times. Therefore, personnel should be mindful of their actions and the image projected to outsiders as an officer of their organization. Most people do not want to work for an employer with an unsavory reputation.
The association with a scandalous organization causes others to question the morality of those willing to work for that company. Businesses with unacceptable ethical standards are also less likely to attract consumers to their goods or services. On the other hand, businesses that have high moral standards readily attract both consumers and employees by reputation alone. People want to work for managers and supervisors with high principles that deserve employee respect. With technological advances managers are expecting more out of each employee in a shorter time frame, thus producing a heavier workload.
With this increased workload, employees are expected to have higher productivity level by using new technologic advancement devices. Workers must also deal with having limited or unusable resources to effectively, such as being understaffed and unable to use the technological resources supplied. Employees are becoming more family centered than career centered. This causes feelings of stress when they are required to work longer hours keeping them away from their family responsibilities and quality time.
Both increased workload and trespassing on free time of employees contributes to higher stress levels resulting in a negative impact on employees’ physical health and well- being. One of the functions of public relations professionals is to assist the organization with developing strategic plans and goals. Public relations provides advice to management on what to do based upon feedback and interaction with the community. The public relations staff can be used to assist with identifying and responding to issues deemed important by the community that may have an impact on the success of the organization.
Conclusion In this paper a variation of discussion topics regarding each member of Team B and their particular business organizations was provided. The team had discussed the perception of politics and power in each member’s individual work place. The team had discussed the similarities and differences between the perceptions of each member’s organization. Stress in the workplace has and will continue to be a problem in the workplace. When it comes to financial issues caused by stress in the workplace managers usually understand and often attempt to find ways to curb the problem.
There are a couple of methods for coping with stress that many organizations are considering; stress management programs for employees and organizational changes that might help improve working conditions. According to Ellen Jaffe roughly half of the large corporations provide their employees with stress management training or therapy. Employee Assistance Programs or EAP’s are in place to help employees with personal issues and stress that may be negatively affecting their jobs. These EAP’s are confidential so one does not need to worry about other employees finding out about their discussions.
Team B compiled a list of strategies that could assist with the management of stress. After evaluating the business and ethical considerations of operating organizations on a global scale Team B discussed some of the different challenges, obstacles and solutions to some of these issues. Organizations operate differently in different countries; so, many issues can arise in foreign business operations. Lastly the team assessed and discussed the evolutionary trends in organizational behavior and how those trends might impact different organizations.
Evolutionary trends or changes are the changes that happen over long periods of time such as the meaning of evolution in the scientific manner. Evolutionary trends can be narrowly focused trends such as sociotechnical or total quality management. According to George and Jones sociotechnical systems are ideas about how organizations should choose specific kinds of control systems that match the technical nature of the particular workplace whereas total quality management is an ongoing and constant effort by all of an organization’s functions to find new ways to improve the quality of the organizations goods and services.
We hope that you found this paper both educational as well as interesting and we believe that with a better understanding of these important aspects of organizational behavior the natural evolution of business will continue to thrive and create a healthy and robust future.