Wednesday, May 22, 2019

People Management and Organisation Development

Executive SummaryThe admittance of variegates in a personal line of credit is unremarkably related to foe at lower or higher level. Such risk lavatory be reduced if appropriate measures be taken in advance. In this ascertain, reference is do to an governing bodys effort to implement a salmagundi externalise in order to secure the benefits of institutional ontogeny. The preceding(prenominal) effort of the administration has led to certain benefits. Still, receiptss would be made to the devise so that a long term growth is achieved. It should be noted that the assembly line operate in the fast food industry, a sector which is quite competitive. In UK, where the crease is based, the strong emulation of the industry has been combined with the market pressures. This heart that in order to secure their organisational development the business sectores of the industry, including the business chthonian review, should focus on all aspects of organisational change.1.0 I ntroductionThe appearance of failures in the completion of daily organisational tasks usually indicates the indispensability for reviewing the organisational sectors involved. If such initiative is not taken now then the deterioration of organisational performance is not avoided. For ensuring that such phenomena ar avoided in their environment businesses can act in advance by growth a flexible strategy, i.e. a strategy that allows to managers an early intervention to organisational problems (Pasmore et al., 2013). In this way, chances for severe losses are limited while the exposure of the organisation to further risks is reduced. Organisational development is a material that helps managers to face problems by implementing appropriate programmes of change. In the literature, organisational development has been described as the process of planned change and improvement of organisations through the application of knowledge of the behavioural sciences (Griffin and Moorhead, 2009 504). The practical implications of organisational development are explored in this paper. Reference is made to a business of the UK fast-food industry. The specific business operates in UK for more than 10 years and it is part of a global chain of fast-food restaurants. Due to severe problems in the organisations daily operations the implementation of a plan for change was considered as the only solution. The key aim of this effort was to achieve organisational development within the shor running play possible period and within an economy budget. Following this practice would allow the business to keep its performance standardized while organisational development would be in age. The target set was only partially achieved. Losses were minimized but the cost of the strategy was proved much higher than initially estimated. Being an employee of the business during this period I am able to describe the various phases of organisational development, as occurred in the peculiar(prenomi nal) business. A series of occurrenceors maintain negatively affected the advancement of the strategy. Still, the benefits gained through the implementation of change cannot be ignored. Drawbacks would need a bit longer, than expected, in order to disappear.2.0 Organisational development in practice a mooring study 2.1 Overview of the UK fast food sectorThe UK fast food sector is a quite powerful champion. In fact, the specific sector is characterized by strong competition and the increased control of multinational brands, such as McDonalds and KFC (Ibis World, 2014). Despite the signs of decreased performance in the near past, the particular sector shows signs of long term growth. So far, the businesses of this sector achieve a growth of 2.5% annually (Ibis World 2014, par.2). Local brands seem to have improved their position while new entrants have accommodate common phenomenon. For the future, the perspectives of the sector have been highlighted as significant. Still, conc erns have appeared in heed to critical issues that have been related to industrys products reference can be made, as an example, to the concerns developed by governmental and non-governmental organisations in UK for the potential threat of the sectors products for childrens health (Hardwick, 2014).2.2 Assessment of the strategy implementedIn order to evaluate the appropriateness of the strategy of change implemented in the organisation of the case study it is necessary to present old this strategys parts. Then, an perspicacity can be produced in regard to this strategy taking into consideration the existing literature but also the benefits and drawbacks of the strategy, as appeared almost immediately after the strategys implementation.2.2.1 Key elements of the strategyThe strategy implemented in the business under examination had two parts a) the first part referred to the introduction of changes in the tasks allocated to the staff changes were introduced in relation to the duti es of all employees, including for the restaurants supervisor b) the second part of the strategy included a training program. all employees in the businesses had to participate in a training program of six weeks. The participation in the program was mandatory for employees. In order to avoid resistance the owner of the business has announce that during the program employees would be paid normally, as being in work. In the context of the program each employee had to sp annihilate one hour daily in classroom-based lectures. Also, employees were provided with support material, such as notes and lists with resources for further study. Each Friday employees had to pass a test on the weeks material. The aftermaths of the test were checked by a HR consultant. Each second Friday, the consultant had a meeting with employees for discussing their progress. At the end of the program employees passed an evaluation test the results of which were announced to the business owner. These results we re combined with the employees overall performance, as reported daily in the workplace. Emphasis was given to the potential of employees to oppose to their new duties and to achieve self-improvement.2.2.2 Critical assessment of the strategys appropriatenessAccording to the literature, organisational development is a complex framework. Indeed, in practice it has been proved that the above framework can refer every to the structural characteristics of a business or to the communication channels used by employees for responding to the needs of their government agency (Cummings and Worley, 2014). The major advantage of OD it its potential to be related either to organisational structure or to organisational processes (Cummings and Worley, 2014 3). Brandford and Burke (2005) also agree that OD is quite wide incorporating practices of different elements depending on the skills/ experiences of the managers involved or on the resources available for the nidation of the relevant strategy. On some other hand, Yaeger and Sorensen (2009) have supported that organisational development cannot be achieved just by introducing change. Rather, it is necessary to review organisational strategy carefully and to proceed to nucleotide improvements (Yaeger and Sorensen, 2009). In other words, OD should be based on short-term benefits but rather on the long term organisational growth. A similar start out is used by Anderson (2013). The above researcher explains that OD is not just a series of changes on existing business activities. It is rather a framework for transforming organisational practices. Such benefit can be secured only if organisational culture is also reviewed and updated (Anderson, 2013). The value of OD for the improvement of organisational performance is also highlighted in the study of Rothwell et al. (2009). In the above study particular reference is made to the leaders role in the successful implementation of OD plans. This view is justified by referring to the next fact in case of strong oppositions towards an OD plan the leader is the person that has to assess the crisis appropriately and to take emergent decisions. If the leader fails to respond effectively in any phase of the plan then the chances for the success of the plan are significantly reduced (Rothwell et al., 2009). The potential practices of managers for developing effective strategies are presented in the graph in Figure 1 (Appendices). According to the above, the strategy of change implemented in the business reviewed in this paper cannot be characterized as fully effective. At a first level, the restaurants manager has accepted that he had not experience on such plans. Then, when employees started to have concerns on their replacement during their absence for the seminars no clear answer was given to them. No particular program has been developed for arranging the changing of swifts during the training program. Rather, swift arrangements were made daily, in the beginn ing of the swift and with reference to the other day. In this way, if an employee would not be able to replace a colleague as a result of an unexpected event, then the staffs left in the restaurant would not be adequate for covering the tasks required. On the other fact, all employees have welcomed the re-distribution of tasks and the arrangement of meetings with the HR consultant. Due to these practices the restaurants efforts to promote change have faced minimum resistance from employees.2.3 Evaluation of how the cooperation of stakeholders has been ensuredIn the change plan implemented in the business under examination the cooperation of stakeholders has been attempted by using two motives one monetary and the other non-monetary. Indeed, at a primary level efforts have been made so employees do not feel as suffering losses due to their participation in the OD plan of the organisation. In fact, employees are compensated normally without their participation in the training program to reduce their daily income. Moreover, a non-monetary motive has been used by the employer in order to ensure that employees would not feel as threatened by the change efforts employees have the chance to discuss with the HR consultant in regard to the changes in their duties but also in regard to their needs and weaknesses as of the tasks assigned to them daily. In this way, the change plan frames for employees a chance for self-development and not a cause for potential losses. The effectiveness of this approach could be decided by referring to the responses of employees to the plan of change but also to their views as of the particular organisational initiative. After the end of the training program a valuate was conducted within the business. Employees had to state their view on the OD plan so far and to make suggestions for potential improvements of the plan. The findings of the survey seem to be quite satisfactory about 73% of employees are convinced for the plans necessity while 68% of employees agree that the chosen approaches for promoting change have been appropriate. However, there is also a percentage 32% of employees that would prefer to wait for a particular period of time before developing an opinion for the plans effectiveness. The literature developed in this field offers the chance to understand the role of stakeholders in the organisational development but also the need to secure their participation in any organisational change plan. For Grieves (2010) stakeholders would be willing to support the OD of a business only in the following case that they would be given the chance to share their knowledge/ resources with the organisation. For example, customers would be supportive to an organisations effort to improve its services by giving to customers the potential for a feedback (Grieves, 2010). The provision of free Internet within a restaurant so that customers can check the daily menu and state their view on their food on real-time would be another scheme for increasing the customers interest towards the business involved. From another point of view, Schabracq (2009) explained that the efforts for securing the stakeholders support in a plan of change should be based on criteria of hierarchy emphasis should be given primarily to the members of the organisation as those who are interested mostly for the organisations success (Schabracq, 2009 23). However, Roberts notes that when being in front of a plan of change the employees of a business are likely to react primarily with cynicism and misgiving (2014 58). If checked using the literature mentioned above, the approach of the manager to secure the support of stakeholders can be characterized as successful. However, this view would refer only to a particular category of stakeholders employees. For other categories, including customers and community valid view could be formulated after a period of time, such as 6 months, and after checking the business performance in p ractice. For example, if 6 months after the number of customers complaints would continue to increase then the modification of the OD plan of the business would be unavoidable. In other words, the business has emphasized just on its close stakeholders, probably believing that in this way direct benefits could be achieved. For the stakeholders of the business that are outside of the internal organisational environment (Figure 2) the relevant measures would take long to show their benefits, a view that can be considered as partially justified.3.0 ConclusionThe implementation of a change plan in the business under review has been considered as the only way to achieve organisational development (OD). However, the change plan introduced has not been carefully designed. The fact that emphasis has been given to employees can be considered as justified since employees are those directly affected by the organisational performance and those that can mostly prevent the success of such plan ( Oswick, 2013). However, the failure of the business to address the needs of other stakeholders can be considered as a major issue (Idris et al., 2014). In addition, signs of improvement of the daily performance of business have appeared but this benefit has been achieved employing higher investment than estimated (Barnard and Stoll, 2010). Of course, the efforts of a business to promote change should not be likewise dynamic. In this case the chance for the negative responses of the stakeholders is high (Hashim, 2014). In regard to this issue it has been noted that the opposition of stakeholders to a change plan is likely to become stronger as the time passes (Roberts 2014 58). For eliminating such risk the managers of GM have preferred to follow Lewins plan of change (Figure 3), which highlights the value of slow steps in the implementation of change in each organisation. The manager in the business under examination seemed to have preferred a similar approach. Despite this fact, t he alteration of the strategy implemented as certain of its parts would result to the increase of the strategys effectiveness.4.0 RecommendationsThe strategy of change implemented in the business under review should be improved at the following points a) customers should be given the chance to evaluate the business performance and to make their recommendations in regard to the progress of change, as applied in the business for example, a customer-feedback leaflet should be available in the restaurant b) the website of the restaurant should be appropriately customized so that the following option is available to customers customers should be given the potential to vote online for the restaurants menu, making their choices as their preferences. The results would be evaluated by the firms manager on a weekly basis so that drawbacks of the menu are addressed. In other words, customers should be given a more active role in the improvement of organisations performance. 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