Change is fast and inevitable, individuals or organizations who cannot keep up with change become unstable, and the question of survival ringers. There are events, things, or situations that occur, which affect the way an individual or a business operates, in a negative or a positive way. These things, events, and situations are termed as “forces.” There are two types of forces that affect individuals or organizations; namely, external and internal forces. Internal forces are usually under the control of an individual or business, whereas external forces are beyond the control of the individual or business (Robbins, 2003, p.15).
External forces such as family life, business relationships, technological changes, and internal forces such as corporate culture, organizational structure and leadership affect my current work experience. Family life can have a great impact on behaviour and work (25). For instance, experiencing love and positive criticism from members of the family, has motivated and made me a happy person. Business relationships may also have effects on a person. A partnership with another company that has high expectations has made me respond with high performance. The level of technology has been profound and far-reaching in the world today. Because of technological advancement, I have been forced to utilize various technologies that have, consequently, seen my work performance rise and become effective, fast, and quality. An organizational/corporate culture comprises of diverse norms, which can be flexible, friendly, and welcoming. Working in a good corporate culture provides me with the opportunity to learn from others as well as increasing my work productivity. Corporate structure has also been critical in motivating me to be more efficient and attaining my potential as an employ. The influence from good leadership has seen my integrity grow tremendously. Moreover, working under the appropriate leadership, has made me more productive than before.
These forces, both external and internal forces, play a critical role in the operation of an organization. When employees are happy and unstressed with family life, an organization stands to benefit because employees are motivated. Partnerships that bear high expectations will make employees more productive as well as focused in their work. On the technological front, an organization needs to invest in technologies that support its employees because it would make employees more efficient and fast in their work. The corporate culture of an organization comprises many aspects such as diversity and ethnicity. Employees come from diverse backgrounds and origins. Setting the right corporate culture that accommodates employees’ interests can make an organization more successful in its operations.
An organizational structure in an organization is defined from its formal systems of work and communication relationship that controls, coordinates, and motivates the employees to cooperate in order to achieve the organizational goals (Beerel, 2009, p.20). When an organization’s policies, procedures, and expectations are well defined, employees become efficient and encouraged to achieving the set targets. Unhealthy organizational structures have the effect of hampering the employees from attaining their full potential. This will in effect threaten the organization’s success in the end. Finally, leadership plays a central role in setting the pace for any organization. The quality of leadership an organization sets for its employees will bear both short-term and long-term effects (48). Good leadership will generate positive effects on employees and make them more productive in their work. For example, an organization that values its employee’s diversity and ethnicity, coupled with good leadership and organizational structure stands a better chance to succeed in its operations.
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