Importance of Organizational Behaviour

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What is the main goal a business or organization strives to achieve? One can assume that success or even survival would be a main objective organizations strive to accomplish. In the past, organizations have emphasized on the output and profitability. Those who contribute to the profitability were evaluated on terms of their skills and budgets. Administrators considered employees as machines. They were not concerned how the profit was made as long as the numbers were met.

However, organizational behavior has become important because companies must learn to adjust in a changing market that is competitive and brutal. Administrators did not involve themselves with organizational behavior until their behavior impacted on productivity, sales and profit. Companies are beginning to pay more attention to organizational behavior as an important aspect of training and development of the workforce.

Organizational behavior is made up of many parts. Each part forms a different chain of thought that promotes the study of organizational behavior.

I will look at three major areas of organizational behavior, namely motivation, communication and leadership.

One of the major concerns in the study of organizational behavior is employee job satisfaction. Companies have discovered that there is a relation between job satisfaction and productivity. A happy worker is willing to work harder for his or her employer. On the other hand, managers notice when there is consistent absenteeism and tardiness, there is a negative result to company productivity (Robbins, 2001). An employee who is happy with his or her job is more likely to show up on time.

Motivation differs from employee to employee. Managers need to recognize the needs of their employees and how to motivate them. When employee's differences are known, then upper management needs to organize and implement a plan that will benefit the employee's role in the company. Motivational...