Organizational Development

Commitment, Fairness, and Behavior in Organizations: Target Specificity Counts

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Organizational citizenship behaviors, or OCBs, play a significant role in the success of many organizations. OCBs are those behaviors which go beyond what is required of employees. Because of this, OCBs are sometimes called extra-role behaviors. Employees are not formally rewarded for such behaviors, but are generally motivated to perform for the sake of therecipient. Read more
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Improving Workplace Safety

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Occupational accidents account for several thousand fatalities and several million injuries and illnesses each year. Ensuring that employees are performing safety behaviors on the job is one way that employers can help create a safe working environment. The more employees engage in safe working behaviors, the fewer accidents occur on the job. There are two broad factors that directly relate to employees’ safety performance: Read more
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Helpful Hints for Implementing Organizational Change

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Managing organizational change is much more complex than traditionally taught in management courses. The unique environment and culture of each organization presents challenges to practicing organizational change theories outside of a classroom setting. Traditional change management courses present various challenges with generic solutions, however, the complexity in each organizational setting often presents unique challenges. Research on organizational change has identified some common issues that can help the change managers anticipate challenges and effectively overcome them in almost any situation. Read more
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Improving Employee Acceptance of Self-Service Technologies

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Employee self-service (ESS) technology is a term used to describe a group of emerging web-based technologies that are quickly gaining popularity. These technologies empower employees to perform a variety of data management and transaction processing functions that once required the use of separate personnel resources, such as HR or administrative staff. Read more
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Achieving Value Fit Through Socialized Charismatic Leadership

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Person-organization fit focusing on values has become a hot topic recently. Values are personal beliefs about what is important and what actions ought to be done (or not done). These beliefs help shape personal goals and the behaviors directed towards achieving those goals. Value fit occurs when organizations and their employees share similar values and is associated with several important work outcomes, such that greater fit is related to higher performance and less turnover. Read more
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Work Redesign: Using Job Control and Psychological Flexibility to Make Change More Successful

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Organizations are constantly changing. Whether it is a change in systems, positions or employees, these changes can affect the success of the organization if they are not executed properly. When a change, like work redesign, is taking place the amount job control and psychological flexibility an employee possesses can affect the overall success of the project. Read more
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Effectively Reducing Resistance to Change

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Constant change in organizations is a given these days, with the rapid evolution of technologies and business practices that is prevalent across industries. Change brings with it uncertainty and is often resisted by employees for several different reasons, including loss of security and preference for the status quo (i.e., what is familiar). Read more
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