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Redesigning Your Workplace

Effective people are preferred to rather than efficient people as the former does the right thing and the latter does things right. Redesigning your workplace not only refers to the infrastructure but also the internal factors that might affect the productivity of your firm.

Big corporate firms generally face challenges in the form of

  • Lack of co-operation between subunits
  • Increasing complaints from the customers
  • Rising Operating costs
  • Dip in the morale
  • Major changes in technology

All these signs are indications of a not so enterprising organizational climate.

And it calls for quick decision making regarding introducing some changes that bring some positive development in terms of improved efficiency and increase in productivity.

Redesigning your workplace
Redesigning Workplace in Response to Exogenous Factors

Growth of Organizations

The challenges mentioned above may make an organization’s existing structure, management practice or its culture obsolete for the new situation.

Redesigning your workplace in response to the external and internal business environment

Growth of an organization should be a result of collaborative effort of all the units of an organization and it is objective and not subjective.

An organization is comprised of different elements which interact in deciding the organizational effectiveness.

The task or goal, technology, structure, people and the internal and external environment of the firm; all these coexist and hold the firm together.

Be it a school, a hospital, a union, a club or a business enterprise the interactive nature of these elements make the process of managing very difficult.

Medical tourism and business travel are becoming more popular in Asian countries as it increases the scope of collaboration of industries that can coexist to enjoy a win-win situation.

Who is an Effective Manager ?

An effective manager anticipates these challenges and proactively initializes a planned change.

Characteristics of effective managers

He strategically prepares the organization to be subject to planned change by manipulating the structure, technology and behavior.

Understanding the dimensions of change helps him to manage change better as people are always resistant to change.

Modern enterprises right from the start have to install and implement “systems” that are technologically most modern and hire suitable people who are techno-savvy;

Because technology rules the world and the development of new software programmes and hardware components feed on themselves every day.

Developing an Organization as a Whole

Behavior of people is unpredictable but controllable.

Individually oriented training and development programmes does not prove much to the benefit of the organization as it creates apprehensions in the minds of the individual that are related to the culture and attitude of his superior and subordinates.

Creating high performnce teams and organizations

The idea of developing the organization as a whole through team building is a better perspective as it renews the enthusiasm of people working for you and as a team they feel more cohesive and adhered.

Synergy plays its role in improving the interpersonal relationship amongst the team members.

Firms are becoming more modern in their outlook.

For instance, a showroom whose purpose is to showcase your products also provides entertainment by its aesthetic value.

Only if the customer is impressed by the artistic way of your exhibit, will he enter your showroom.

Change is inevitable and it improves the health of an organization. The focus should be on “total system change” and the orientation is towards achieving desired results as a consequence of planned activities.

Flat Organizational Structure

You would have come across the latest buzz word “flat organizational structure”.

This is designed in order to bridge the gap between front line employees and the executive level.

Flat organizational structure

If there is only few levels of management, the process of communication is more effective, the art of delegation becomes mandatory and need for participation in the decision making process involves all the employees which in turn reduces bureaucracy.

There is no set pattern or set of techniques that suits all the organizations when they go for a change.

But the change management process by itself is a self renewing and long range process for the purpose of development which provides the right ambience for the expression of human vitality and it is able to generate a common purpose in the employees to enthuse them to work in the best interest of the organization.