The only constant is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. - Isaac Asimov
Today’s organizations are beginning to look quite different from the top-down, centralized environment that has historically defined organizational structure. As organizations compete globally, virtually, and around the clock, they realize that in order to remain viable, they must change their systems, processes, strategies and in some cases, structure. Elan Benefits helps you ask the right questions, examine the key elements and develop a model for change that aligns with organizational structure, culture and strategic orientation.
Today’s business leaders realize that organizational change is critical to a company’s ability to adapt and function effectively within its environment. Change often includes re-organization and/or downsizing. The consequences of this change can include greater automation or use of computerization, less oversight by management, greater use of overtime among hourly workers and longer workweeks for salaried employees. While this type of business orientation may help sustain productivity, it isn’t necessarily conducive to growth. Examining your company’s strategic orientation in light of productivity and growth is key to retaining and obtaining market share. What is your organization’s strategic orientation?
A company’s shift in strategic orientation is often accompanied by an overwhelming desire to re-vamp the entire organizational structure. Contrary to popular belief, however, organizational structure does not predict high performance. It can, however, inhibit the process if an organization’s structure does not support its strategic orientation. An organization, which focuses primarily upon high quality production processes or well-established market niches, may benefit from a more centralized corporate structure. An organization whose strategic orientation emphasizes innovation and adaptability may be best served by a networked corporate structure. An organization structure that supports and enhances the strategic orientation guarantees high performance. Is your organization positioned for growth?
How does your organization look, feel and sound? Does it look inviting? Does it sound productive? Do you feel energized as you walk around? This is your organizational culture. This is the environment in which your employees spend the vast majority of their daytime hours. Your organizational culture reflects your company’s values, norms and expected employee behaviors. Your organization’s culture will play a significant role in determining whether change is successful, sustainable and viable. An effective organizational culture is one that supports employee engagement throughout the change process. What does your organization feel like?