TRAINING MODULE ON PERSONALITY
Prepared by Dr.Chandra Prasad Sreedhar & Mr.Oommen Mathew
Institute of Management in Government Thiruvananthapuram
The influence of human personality upon the functional efficiency of an organization and its personnel has been widely recognized. The personality can also be modified to a certain extent. Accordingly, recent years have seen a variety of efforts by professionals in various fields to design courses that will help develop certain positive trends in personality. The objective of such courses is to remove or screen out those barriers or obstructions that stand in the way of the expression of individual personality, through a process of training.
RUDHRA GANGADHARAN IAS DIRECTOR INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT IN GOVERNMENT
Thiruvananthapuram 28th May 2003
The successful completion of this module on Personality Development was achieved through the wholehearted, sincere and committed support of a number of dignitaries whom I take this opportunity to acknowledge. First of all let me express my deep sense of gratitude to Shri.Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training Government of India for entrusting me with the task of preparing this module and I hope that the work has come upto his expectation level and demand. But for his encouragement, this work could not have materialized.
Next I wholeheartedly acknowledge Shri. Rudhra Gangadharan, Principal Secretary and Director, IMG for his valuable suggestions, support and timely help all of which have gone a long way in helping me to complete the work within the stipulated time.
I am thankful to Shri.Venkatesan, Joint Director, DoPT for all the valuable help rendered by him.
My thanks are also due to Dr.Venkatapathy Director School of Management Studies, Bharathiar University, Dr.Mathew Manimalayil, Professor, IIM, Bangalore and Dr.Ramachandran Nair, Director, IMK Kerala University who have wholeheartedly conducted the evaluation of the module and offered meaningful suggestions. Their contributions have greatly helped me in perfecting the module.
I also wish to acknowledge the sincere co-operation of the experts in the field of academic and administration who have attended the validation workshop and offered valuable suggestions which were appropriately incorporated in the module.
Finally I wish to acknowledge the sincere suggestions and encouragement of my colleagues and well wishers.
Dr.Chandra Prasad Sreedhar
1. Package of Personality Development 1
2. leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) 4
3. Interpersonal Relations 7
4. Communication in organizations 9
5. Stress Management 13
6. Group Dynamics and Team Building 15
7. Conflict Management 18
8. Performance Appraisal 21
9. Time Management 24
10. Motivation 27 Package of Personality Development
The training module is aimed at the promotion of the strategies for the personality development of the participants. The rationale behind this endeavor is the recognition of the multifaceted influence of the personality of the employees upon organisational effectiveness.
The objective of the training programme is bring about personality development with regard to the different behavioural dimensions that have far reaching significance in the direction of organisational effectiveness.
Lecture-cum-discussion Group Discussion Management Games Case Studies
The participants will consists of officers in the A,B and C category.
DURATION : 5 days
|Unit 1||leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)||Introduction to leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com), leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) Power, leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) Styles, leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) in Administration.|
|Unit 2||Interpersonal Relations||Introduction to Interpersonal Relations, Analysis of different ego states, Analysis of Transactions, Analysis of Strokes, Analysis of Life position|
|Unit 3||Communication||Introduction to Communication, Flow of Communication, Listening, Barriers of Communication, How to overcome barriers of communication.|
|Unit 4 Unit 5||Stress Management Group Dynamics and Team Building||Introduction to Stress, Causes of Stress, Impact Stress, Managing Stress Importance of groups in organization, Interactions in group, Group Decision Taking, Team Building, Interaction with the Team, How to build a good team?|
|Unit 6||Conflict Management||Introduction to Conflict, Causes of Conflict, Managing Conflict|
|Unit 7||Performance Appraisal||Introduction to Performance Appraisal, Vertical Appraisal, Horizontal Appraisal, 360º Performance Appraisal, Methods of improving Techniques of Performance Appraisal.|
|Unit 8||Time Management||Time as a Resource, Identify Important Time Wasters, Individual Time Management Styles, Techniques for better Time Management.|
|Unit 9||Motivation||Introduction to Motivation, Relevance and types of Motivation, Motivating the subordinates, Analysis of Motivation|
|Day 1||Session I||Registration, Familiarisation and Inauguration and Introduction to the Course|
|Session II||Problem identification, report presentation and discussion|
|Session III||Introduction to leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)|
|Session IV||leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) Styles|
|Session I||Interpersonal Relations|
|Day 2||Session II||Boss-Subordinate Relations|
|Session III||Introduction to Communication|
|Session IV||Barriers of Communication|
|Session I||Introduction to Stress and Causes of Stress|
|Day 3||Session II||Impact of Stress and Managing Stress|
|Session III||Group Dynamics|
|Session IV||Team Building|
|Session I||Introduction to Conflict|
|Day 4||Session II||Managing Conflict|
|Session III||Introduction to Performance Appraisal|
|Session IV||Designing a Performance Appraisal System|
|Session I||Time Management|
|Day 5||Session II||Managing time meaningfully|
|Session IV||Action Plan, Evaluation and Valediction|
Day One (Forenoon)
Registration, Familiarisation and Inauguration. (45 minutes) Introduction to the course (45 minutes) This session involves a detailed discussion pertaining to the aims and objectives
|of the course in general.||The introduction of the total content areas is also|
|attempted in this session.|
|Problem Identification||(45 minutes)|
Suggested methodology – Group discussion.
During this session the participants will be divided into specific number of groups and each group is expected to discuss the problems that they are facing in their organisation. Each group is to have a leader who is to present a consolidated report of the problems faced by the members of his group.
Report Presentation and discussion (45 minutes)
After the presentation of the reports by each of the leaders, in order to fulfil the requirement of this session in Problem Identification, the course director will be preparing a detailed list of all the problems cited. The list of problems will then be circulated to all the trainers who are handling the various sessions.
Day One (Afternoon) -leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)
To impart knowledge, sharpen skills and orient attitudes of participants so that they are capable of performing better in their roles as leaders based on the situation.
leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) – importance and significance – the concept – leader vs. manager – Are all leaders managers? - Are all managers leaders? – categories of leaders : entrepreneurial – administrative – political. leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) styles : autocratic (authoritarian and paternalistic) – democratic – laizzes faire. leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) style – the concept of situational leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) – identification of individual leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) styles and construction of personal leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) style profiles.
----------------------- Total -180 minutes
Instructions to Trainers
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- The tower building exercise, if properly conducted, can be a very powerful tool to bring out participants’ leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) styles and even to compare their relative merits and demerits.
Two participants should be requested to volunteer to take up the roles of leader and follower. They should be requested to come to the front and shown the blocks with which they have to build a tower. They should also be told that the “follower” will be blind folded and that she/he will be allowed to use only one hand and will have to build the tower based on the leader’s instructions.
It should also be told that they should try to build as high a tower as possible. Before announcement of work, they should be asked to give their estimate of the height of the tower they are going to build in terms of number of blocks. These should be recorded. Care should be taken to note even minute details such as whether the estimates given are based on mutual consultation or are individual opinions.
After the briefing, the follower should be blindfolded and made to stand on one side of the table on which the blocks are kept and the leader should be instructed to stand on the opposite side. Then they should proceed to construct the tower. Even minute aspects of the behaviour of the leader and follower should be observed and recorded, such as:
After the team completes the tower construction there should be a guided discussion on all aspects of the teams performance viz., goal setting, leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) styles, communication, empathy etc.
- The TP leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) Questionnaire should be administered after the exercise of tower building. Required instructions are given on the Questionnaire, Score Sheet and leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) style, Profile Sheet.
Based on the leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) style of individual participants, discussions as to whether any change in their styles is required etc. can be made.
Day Two (Forenoon) -Interpersonal Relations
To create an awareness in the participants with regard to the different aspects of interpersonal relations based on the ideas envisaged in Transactional Analysis and their relative significance in the context of the functional effectiveness of organisations.
Introduction Analysis of different ego states Analysis of Transactions Analysis of Strokes Analysis of Life position
15 minutes Introduction 45 minutes Analysis of different ego states 30 minutes Administor the questionnaire and analysis different ego
states 30 minutes Analysis of Transactions 30 minutes Analysis of Strokes 30 minutes Analysis of Life position
Instruction to Trainers
In this section, participants are to be provided with theoretical knowledge with regard to nature, types and outcomes of various interpersonal relationships in relation with Transactional Analysis.
2. Analysis of Ego States
In this session Ego States are to be analysed with the help of concrete examples in the organisational set up. This session involves the use of a lecture-cumdiscussion method.
After the analysis of ego status the questionnaire for identifying the same may be administered to the participants and their responses scored in accordance with the scoring schedule provided. The scores are then analysed and interpreted in order to provide the participants informations regarding this relative positions with regard to different ego states.
3. Analysis of Transactions
The participants should be made aware of the different types of transactions such as complementary, crossed and ulterior transactions and are then encouraged to identify their predominant style of transaction. Then the merits and demerits of the different styls are evaluated and the need, scope and method of changing the styles as and when required is also discussed.
4. Analysis of Strokes
Strokes can be considered in the most simple way as forms of rewards (appreciations) and punishments. They can be either positive or negative and all people need them for being and also for performing. After providing the awareness regarding the different stroking patterns to the participants, they are asked to make an evaluation of their stroking patterns and identify their merits and demerits and also to suggest changes, if any, required in stroking patterns to enhance interpersonal relationships.
5. Analysis of Life Positions
As per the concepts involved in Transactional Analysis, four different types of Life positions have been identified. They are:
The trainer has to provide evaluative information regarding these life positions to the participants and they should be encouraged to identify their life positions and understand merits and demerits. The participants are also made to come out with suggestions for changing their life positions in accordance with the appropriation of the situations in order to enhance interpersonal contracts.
Day Two (Afternoon) -Communication In Organisations
To empower participants to be better communicators by providing them with relevant inputs and also sharpening their skills.
Introduction to Communication – Communication as a process – Communication as a concept – Importance of Communication – Types of Communication – Effective Communication - The ABCs of Communication – Model for Communication process – Communication categories – Barriers to effective Communication.
The methodology shall consist of Lecture, exercises, games, inventories and case studies.
------------------------Total -180 minutes
Instructions to Trainers
(iii) Whenever OHP is used, take care not to turn back and look at the screen. The trainer should always face the audience. If something is to be pointed, it can be done on the transparency, which will also get projected.
(vii) The modus operandi to conduct the drawing exercise will be as follows:
The participants may be divided in to two equal groups (say No. Ones and No. Twos) and one group can be asked to wait outside the hall.
To each participant inside the hall a piece of paper (½ of an A4 size sheet) should be given and they should be requested to write their names on top left. The following 2 figures should be projected on the screen and each participant should copy one of the figures on their sheets of paper reasonably big enough, with the sketch pens that will be supplied to them.
Then they should be given the instruction sheet – sample attached – which will be of A4 size. The group of No. Ones who are given the role of senders should be given the task of making one from the other group (they will be receivers) draw the same diagram that No. Ones have drawn initially on the right hand side of the instruction sheet, by giving written instructions. They cannot give any pictorial directives. After the Senders’ finish writing down instructions their initial drawings should be collected and kept away. The pictures should no longer be projected on the screen. then the group, which has been waiting outside the hall, should be asked to come in. The senders should hand over the instruction sheets to the receivers. The sender should not be allowed to orally communicate with the receivers. But they should be encouraged to watch how the receivers proceed. Once the receivers have completed ‘their’ drawings the instruction sheets should be collected back and each drawing should be paired with its “original”. Each set should be shown to the entire group with trainers comments whenever appropriate.
Day Three (Forenoon) -Stress Management
The principal objectives of this unit are to familiarize the participants with the knowledge regarding the various causes of stress, type of stresses and above all the various stress management strategies.
Introduction to Stress Management - Causes of Stress - Impact of Stress -Managing Stress
Lecture method Group discussion Relaxation Techniques (Demonstration)
30 minutes -Introduction 45 minutes -Causes of Stress 45 minutes -Impact of Stress 45 minutes - Managing Stress 15 minutes -Question and answers session
Instruction to trainers
Introduction of Stress Management
This is the first topic of the units namely the Introduction. The following factors should be covered.
1) What is Stress?
2) Relevance of Stress
3) Difference between Distress and Eustress
4) General Adaptation Syndrome
Causes of Stress
The second part of the unit is aimed at analysing the Causes of Stress. This analysis will be through a group discussion. The whole class can be divided in to three groups. Each group has to analyse the causes along the following dimensions.
After the discussion each group has to present a brief report and the presentation will be again followed by evaluations and discussion
Impact of Stress
This part of the unit is aimed at analysing the impact of stress up on individual and organisation. Some of the topics covered in this sections include areas such as: (1) Decision Making (Indecision, Delay, Error), (2) Performance (Absenteeism, Sabotage, Productivity) (3) Behavioural Area (Excessive smoking, Excessive drinking, Excessive in take off coffee or tea, Tremor, Drumming Fingers, Nail Bitting, Body Movements, Accidents (4) Psychological (Poor Memory, Poor Concentration, Sleep problems, Anxiety, Fear, Inability to relax, Depression, Suicide, Anger (5) Psychosomatic (Hyper tension, Peptic Ulcer, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Tension head-ache, Bronchial Asthma, Diabetes, Neuro Dermatitis)
This section involves a theoretical as well as a practical session. The theoretical session is aimed at increasing the awareness of participants regarding the influence of perceptual changes, personality, proper exercise, time management and the avoidance of long working hours in reducing the experience of stress.
The practical session involves the imparting of training in Yoga, Mediation and Relaxation. It is essential that this session should be handled by an expert in these areas.
Day Three (Afternoon) -Group Dynamics &Team Building
To improve managerial capabilities of participants through team building and group dynamics.
Concept of team – concept of group - synergy – principles of intra-group dynamics relevant in the context of team building and management. How to build and manage effective teams.
Lecutre method Games Group work
------------------------Total -180 minutes
Instructions to Trainers
- A unique feature of the session on team building and management will be that a game/exercise will precede discussions
- The exercise of broken squares will be conducted without announcing that it is part of a session on team building and management
- To conduct the exercise of broken squares the group will be divided in to teams of five members. If the group is not exactly divisible by five, the remaining members should be given the role of observers. They should be briefed before commencement of the exercise and should be given a chance to present their observations after conclusion of the exercise.
- The teams should be told that they have to complete a group task. The task involves making 5 squares, one in front of each person, using the pieces of paper which they get from the covers.
- It should also be announced that though it will be possible to make 5 squares using the 15 pieces that each team gets, it may or may not be possible for an individual to make squares with the pieces she/he gets from her/his cover.
(iii) behaviours exhibited by participants during square building
The following points should essentially be covered.
(iii) Consumption of more than due share of organizational resources (making squares with more than three pieces and remaining unwilling to dismantle them even after observing that there are not sufficient pieces for everybody to make squares).
(vii) Realising the need for communication (many participants develop a feeling “If I could communicate”)
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Day Four (Forenoon) -Conflict Management
To familiarise participants with the importance, influence and methods of managing conflict.
Introduction to conflict – What is Conflict – Goal Conflict – Cognitive Conflict and Emotional Conflict (affection) . Levels of conflict –Intrapersonal Conflict – Interpersonal Conflict – Intragroup Conflict – Inter-group Conflict – Intra-Organisational Conflict. Managing Conflict and Conflict Resolution Styles.
Lecture Method Games Group Discussion
45 minutes -Introduction 45 minutes -Games 45 minutes -Levels of Conflict 45 minutes -Managing Conflict
Instruction to Trainers
What is Conflict? Merits and demerits of Conflict? Is Conflict essential? Importance of Goal Conflict, Cognitive Conflict and Emotional Conflict – all those should be discussed.
Levels of Conflict
Awareness regarding levels of conflict can be provided to the participants through the analysis of the results of a Management Game.
The participants are made to assemble in a room and the trainer will introduce a concept and ask the participants to mention this qualities or attributes of that concept. For eg., Leader – what are the qualities of leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)?
The members are encouraged to mention their own ideas regarding the concept. After the identification of each quality all the participants are required to note it down. In this manner a list of qualities/attributes will be prepared. Then each participant is encouraged to rank the qualities on the basis of his/her evaluation. Thus all the participants at this stage will be having a ranked list of qualities or attributes of the concept introduced by the trainers.
In the next stage the participants are divided into two groups. Then each group is asked to make a critical examination of the attributes and come out with a consensual ranking of the attributes. So at the end of this stage the two groups will each have a consensually ranked list of qualities or attributes.
Then from each group 4 participants will be identified as Spokespersons and they will be seated in front, others seated at their back side. The Spokespersons alone will speak others can of course give ideas to their respective Spokespersons. Each group is then instructed to enforce their ranking upon the other group without any sign of yielding. This is meant to evoke heated arguments, discussions so on and so forth. Finally both the groups will remain sticking to their own list.
In the next stage, the trainer will be selecting 4 other persons from each group and they will be instructed to settle the problem. The change in the attitude of this group can be clearly identified.
In the total game, when the participants are making individual ranking of the listed attributes what they are experiencing is intrapersonal conflict. This is actually what is being experienced by an officer in an Organization while he is involved in the process of decision making.
When the participants were in the two groups with their own ranked list they were in a state of intra group conflict.
In the stage of heated discussion between the two groups, the participants were experiencing intergroup conflict.
In all these situations, the existence interpersonal conflict can clearly be identified. After analysing the results of the games, the participants should be provided with maximum informations pertaining to the 4 different types of conflicts identified earlier.
Four types of intra-organizational conflict exist: (1) vertical conflict (2) horizontal conflict (3) line-staff conflict and (4) role conflict. Participants should also be given informations regarding different aspects of these conflicts.
This part of the Unit is aimed at analysing the techniques of Managing Conflict. The whole class can be divided into 3 groups. Each group has to come out with suggestions regarding methods of resolving/overcoming conflicts.
After the discussion, each group has to present a brief report and the presentation will be followed by evaluation and discussion.
Day Four (Afternoon) -Performance Appraisal
To clarify the concepts related to Performance Appraisal and create an awareness regarding its method of implementation in the context of its contribution to Personality Development.
Performance Appraisal and overview - Techniques of Performance Appraisal - What should performance appraisal measure and who should do it - Application of Performance Appraisal - Designing a Performance Appraisal System
35 minutes -Performance Appraisal and Overview 30 minutes -Techniques of Performance Appraisal 45 minutes -What should performance appraisal measure 30 minutes -Application of Performance Appraisal 45 minutes -Designing a Performance Appraisal System
Instructions to Trainers
Performance Appraisal – an overview
This is the first topic of the Unit. The following points should be covered:
1) Concept of Performance Appraisal 2) Need for Performance Appraisal 3) Ways of Performance Appraisal
Methodology suggested : Lecture Duration : 35 minutes
Techniques of Performance Appraisal
This session should cover important Performance Appraisal Techniques and their relative merits and demerits.
Methodology suggested : Lecture
Duration : 30 minutes
What should Performance Appraisal measure and who should do it
|a. What should Performance Appraisal measure|
|1)||Work related knowledge|
|4)||Willingness to change|
|5)||Attitude towards Boss-subordinates, Colleagues and Organisations|
b. Who should do it
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Methodology : Lecture-cum-discussion Duration : 45 minutes
Application of Performance Appraisal
1) Basis for reward and punishment 2) Basis for Personality Development
Methodology : Lecture-cum-discussion Duration : 30 minutes
Designing a Performance Appraisal System
Development of a Performance Appraisal System for your organisation. 45 minutes to be apportion as suggested below:
10 minutes -Individual Enumerate points 10 minutes -Uninterupted Presentation by individuals 25 minutes -Group Discussion 15 minutes -Presentation and Discussion
Day Five (Forenoon) -Time Management
To impart relevant knowledge, sharpen the requisite skills and orient attitudes of participants so that they become more efficient with regard to the management of time.
The concept of time and time management – uniqueness of time as a resource – the cost of time – importance of and need for time management – causes of time mismanagement – urgency addiction and time management matrix – hard work vs. smart work – demands on one’s time – different time management styles – time cheaters and beaters – goal setting and planning for long term time management – short term time management – good ideas for time management
– managing meetings effectively – steps towards better time management.
Methodology shall consist of lectures, inventories, exercises, discussions and film show.
Instruction to Trainers
During the introductory lecture itself developing time sensitivity among participants should be attempted or rather achieved. Participants should be made aware of the uniqueness of time as the only resource equally distributed among people. The following characteristics about time also will have to be highlighted.
Estimating cost of participants’ time may be done using the proforma suggested.
Enumeration of the causes of time mismanagement should basically be an outcome of discussion during which participants should be encouraged to generate ideas.
Participants should be made to distinguish between hard work and smart work citing examples from their own lives or situations familiar to them.
Identification of individual time management styles can also be done using the relevant proforma which will help classifying people in to the following 8 groups.
The concept of time management matrix should be an eye opener to everyone. The characteristics of, and differences between, the quadrant of quality and the quadrant of deception should be made clear to all concerned. The participants should be urged to become quadrant II (quality) oriented.
Use of the proforma Time Cheaters and Beaters can be expected to make participants aware of the time cheaters which affect them and the corresponding time beaters they can use to deal with them.
Discussion on long term and short term time management should provide participants with further theoretical base and pragmatic ideas for effective time management.
The lecture on managing meetings will be very useful for those with conference / leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) responsibilities. However, this section can be skipped during programmes where the participants do not have such responsibilities.
Experience sharing should precede the discussion session on “steps towards better time management”. The success and failures narrated during experience sharing should provide inputs/ideas for group discussion.
For the group exercise viz., Action Planning, participants should be divided in to group of 5 members and a leader selected and assigned responsibilities. At the end, each group should be made to present their reports.
Day Five (Afternoon) -Motivation
To make the participants aware of the multifaceted impact of the concept of Motivation upon efficient organizational functioning.
Introduction - Relevance and Types of Motivation - Theories of motivation - Analysis of Motivation - Motivating the subordinate.
30 minutes -Introduction 30 minutes -Relevance and types of Motivation 30 minutes -Motivating the subordinates 30 minutes -Analysis of Motivation
Instructions to Trainers
The session relating to this topic should cover informations relating to different motivational concepts and the theories of Maslow Mc Clelland, Herzberg and so on.
2. Relevance and Types of Motivation
In this session participants should be provided with informations pertaining to the relevance of Motivation to performance. They should also be made aware of the different types of motivations such as Positive motivation, Negative or Fear motivation, Intrinsic Motivation, Extrinsic Motivation etc.
3. Analysis of Motivation
Through the use of case analysis and questionnaire the participants should be made aware of the operation of the different motivational concepts.
4. Motivating Subordinates
Through the use of active discussion with the participants, the trainers can make the participants informed about the methods by which motivational level of subordinates can be enhanced.
Day Five (Afternoon) -Evaluation and Valediction
Time Schedule (1 hour)
This session should be devoted to prepare an Action Plan and Evaluation.
It is expected to incorporate all possible ideas and suggestions that have evolved during the course of training.
An evaluation feed back regarding the merits and demerits of the module will also sought.
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The following items describe aspects of leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) behaviour. Respond to each item according to what you would most likely act if you were the leader of a work group by circling the appropriate response given at the left of each statement.
Code Response A Always F Frequently O Occasionally S Seldom N Never
A F O S N 1. I would most likely act as the spokesman of the group
A F O S N 2. I would encourage overtime work
A F O S N 3. I would allow members complete freedom in their work
A F O S N 4. I would encourage the use of uniform procedures
A F O S N 5. I would permit the members to use their own judgement in solving problems
A F O S N 6. I would stress being ahead of competing groups
A F O S N 7. I would speak as the representatives of the group
A F O S N 8. I would needle members for greater effort
A F O S N 9. I would try out my ideas in the group
A F O S N 10. I would let the members do their work the way they think best
A F O S N 11. I would be working hard for a promotion
A F O S N 12. I would tolerate postponement and uncertainty
A F O S N 13. I would speak for the group if there were visitors
A F O S N 14. I would keep the work moving at a rapid pace
A F O S N 15. I would turn the members loose on a job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) and let them go to it.
A F O S N 16. I would settle conflicts when they occur in the group
A F O S N 17. I would get swamped by details
A F O S N 18. I would represent the group at outside meetings.
A F O S N 19. I would be reluctant to allow the members any freedom of action.
A F O S N 20. I would decide what should be done and how it should be done.
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I would push for increased production. I would let some members have authority which I could keep. Things would usually turn out as I had predicted. I would allow the group a high degree of initiative. I would assign group members to particular tasks. I would be willing to make changes. I would ask the members to work harder. I would trust the group members to exercise good judgement. I would schedule the work to be done I would refuse to explain my actions I would persuade others that my ideas are to their Advantage I would permit the group to set its own pace. I would urge the group to beat its previous records. I would act without consulting the group. I would ask that group members follow standard rules and regulations.
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For every statement for which your response is either of the two indicated against each, you score one point. Mark each item by placing a √ if you score.
T Score P Score Item No Response Item No Response
1 A or F 2 A or F 3 A or F 4 5 A or F 6 A or F 7 A or F 8 S or N 9 A or F 10 A or F
11 A or F 12 S or N 13 A or F 14 A or F 15 A or F 16 A or F 17 S or N 18 S or N 19 S or N 20 A or F 21 A or F 22 A or F 23 A or F 24 A or F 25 A or F 26 A or F 27 A or F 28 A or F 29 A or F 30 S or N 31 A or F 32 A or F 33 A or F 34 S or N 35 S or N
Total Score Total Score (total No of √ s)
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EXPLORING YOUR PERSONALITY
Show how frequently you do each of the following behaviours by placing (√) in the proper column opposite each item.
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|1. I give people reasons why my work isn’t done|
|2. I feel bad about something (about what someone did or said to me, or about something I did or said)|
|3. I expect people to do what I say|
|4. I send out a questionnaire or carry out a survey to get needed information|
|5. I do what my boss says to do even when it’s difficult|
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|7. I play a hunch without bothering to gather factual data.|
|8. I smile at other people (co-workers, subordinates, customers, superiors, and so on)|
|9. I suggest that an ill person see the nurse or take the rest of the day off.|
|10. I insist that things be done my way.|
|11. I hear a voice in my head saying something like:”Those people should………..|
|12. When I know something won’t be ready when I want it, I repeatedly ask if it might possible be ready ahead of schedule.|
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|14. I attend classes, programs, seminars, and so on, to improve my job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) skills.|
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|17. I say (or think) things like:”What would you do without me?”|
|18. I do a little dance step when walking into a friend’s office or work area.|
|19. I correct subordinates when they fail to perform up to standard|
|20. I cleverly figure out how to get my own way at someone else’s expense|
|21. I keep calm when in an emotionally charged atmosphere.|
|22. I help my co-workers, subordinates, or boss by going a little out of my way to do something for them.|
|23. I feel hurt and go off somewhere to be by myself.|
|24. I put people down without thinking.|
|25. I take a stretch break and really enjoy the feeling of loosening up my muscles and relaxing|
|26. I say “please” and “thank you”.|
|27. I say or think things like: “I’ll do it for them; they can’t be expected to handle it.”|
|28. I talk about facts when another person is in need of comfort.|
|29. I take the last one of the doughnuts or other goodies someone brought for coffee break.|
|30. I gather necessary information and then use my sixth sense to make an accurate interpretation|
|31. I help out co-worker in an emergency|
|32. I insist that others take care of themselves-for example, that they wear a coat on a windy day or carry an umbrella if it looks like ran.|
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Reference: JONGEWARDM D & SEYER P C CHOOSING SUCCESS (Transactional Analysis on the job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)) Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc.1978
Now that you’ve filled out the questionnaire. Let’s score it. Here’s how to do it.
1. Give yourself a score for each question using this formula 4 points for “very frequently” 3 points for “frequently” 2 point for “sometimes” 1 point for “rarely” 0 points for “almost never”
2. Write your scores in the proper boxes in the chart. For example, if you answered question 1 with “sometimes,” you would put a “2” in the box indicated for question 1. If you answered “very frequently” for question 2, you would put a “4” in the box designated for question 2, and so on.
3. Add the numbers in each column and enter the totals in the spaces provided.
The total for the first column is your score for your CP (Controlling Parent). The total for the column labeled NP is your score for your Nurturing Parent, and so on.
CP - Controlling Parent NP – Nurturing Parent A - Adult NC – Natural Child LP - Little Professor AC - Adapted Child
|Question No||Ego State|
PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS
Note: Please do not give this paper to anybody; make no comments or explanations If you have read this far, pretend that you are still writing. Let us see how many persons really follow instructions carefully.
SEPARATE FACT FROM INFERENCE
Read the narration carefully which follows. Then see how well you can distinguish a FACT from an INFERENCE.
Shama, a buyer with the XYZ company, was scheduled for a 10 O’Clock meeting in Singh’s office to discuss the terms of a large order. On the way to that office, the buyer slipped on a freshly waxed floor and as a result received a badly bruised leg. By the time Singh was notified of the accident, Shama was on the way to the hospital for X-ray. Singh called the hospital to enquire, but no one there seemed to know anything about Sharma. It is possible that Singh called the wrong hospital.
Examine the statements below. Without discussion, put a tick (√) mark against each statement as to whether it is a FACT or an INFERENCE (in the personal choice columns)
|Statements||Personal Choice||Group Choice|
|1. Mr.Shama is a buyer|
|2. Shama was supposed to meet with Singh|
|3. Shama was scheduled for a 10 O’Clock meeting|
|4. The accident occurred at the XYZ company|
|5. Shama was taken to the hospital for X-Ray|
|6. No one at the hospital which Singh called knew anything about Shama|
|7. Singh had called the wrong hospital|
COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY-I (LISTENING)
question? 12.Are you alert for misunderstandings that could arise because the words don’t mean the same to you as they do to the speaker? 13.Do you try to find out what the argument is about? Whether there is a real difference of opinions or is it just a matter of stating the problem?
COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY-II (SPEAKING)
Are you careful to watch for signs of misunderstandings in your listener? Do you choose words that fit the listener’s intelligence and backgrounds? Do you think out directions before giving them? Do you breakdown orders in to small enough packages? If your listener does not ask questions about a new idea you are presenting, do you assume that he/she understands it? Do you speak distinctly? Control distractions as far as possible? Do you “bale” your thoughts before speaking so that you won’t ramble? Do you put the listener at ease? Do you encourage questions? Do you assume that you know what the other person has in his/her mind? Or do you ask questions to find out? Do you distinguish between facts and opinions? Do you stiffen up the opposition by contradicting his/her/their statements? Do you influence your listeners to be “Yes Sir”, “Yes Madam” or “Yes friend” people?
RATING SCALE FOR ASSESSING PERFORMANCE OF PRESENTATIONS
Name of Presenter:…………………………………………………………………..
|Excellent (5)||Good (4)||So So (3)||Poor (2)||Bad (1)|
|01. Correctness of Language|
|02. Clarity of words|
|03. Clarity of thought|
|04. Logical sequence of ideas|
|07. Voice modulation|
|08. Use of pauses|
|09. Body posture|
|10. Facial Expression|
|11.Eye contact with audience|
|13. Mannerisms (Visual & Vocal)|
HOW MUCH IS YOUR TIME WORTH?
Annual Salary Overhead Benefits Your Staff Salaries Their Ovhd & Benefits TOTAL 52 Weeks
CAUSES OF TIME MISMANAGEMENT
Procrastination: The world procrastinate comes from the latin word for ‘tomorrow’. Procrastination can be defined as intentionally, habitually, and without good reason, putting off things that should be done now. Procrastination is the world’s number one time-waster.
Poor Delegation: Delegation means entrusting a task to another person, together with the authority to do it. Delegation is a gift of trust which will generate an answering trust. Both parties will benefit from good delegation. Poor delegation arises from a lack of trust. If you don’t entrust the other person with enough work to do, or you check everything they do too carefully, you are a poor delegator.
Organized Workplace: If you don’t have a properly organized workplace you can waste time trying to find the information you need to get your work done. Looking for a missing file is a good example of non value-added time!
Wasting Your Peak Time: You should do your hardest tasks when you are at your peak energy level.
Working Without Goals: If you don’t have goals, you can’t set priorities. If you can’t set priorities you will mismanage time.
DO NOT WORK HARD
But work ‘smart’. Working ‘smart’ means organizing yourself so that you invest your time only in value-added activities. These are activities which contribute toward achieving your goals and objectives.
There are three types of demand on your time:
Planning : is organizing Doing : is carrying out the plan as decided Interacting : is working with other people
|What is your style?|
|Planning Plus||Plus – You are strong Minus- You need improvement Tick your style Doing Interacting Minus Plus Minus Plus Minus|
|You are a Plus Time Manager If you had two or more pluses|
|+||+||+||You are a balanced person|
|+||+||_||You do your own things well|
|_||+||+||You do others’ Priorities well|
|+||_||+||You have good intentions but no work done|
|You are a Minus Time Manager If you had two or more Minuses|
|_||+||_||You are on a tread mill|
|_||_||+||Delightful Person but incompetent|
|_||_||_||Neither delightful nor competent|
An Inch of gold cannot buy an inch of time.
Urgent Not Urgent
|I •= •= •=||Crises Pressing problems Deadline-driven projects, meetings preparations||II •= •= •= •= •= •= •=||Preparation Prevention Values clarification Planning Relationship building True re-creation Empowerment|
|III •= •= •= •= •=||Interruptions, some phone calls Some mail, some reports Some meetings Many proximate, pressing matters Many popular activities||IV •= •= •= •= •=||Trivia, busywork Junk mail Some phone calls Time wasters “Escape” activities|
TIME CHEATERS & BEATERS Time cheaters come in all shapes and sizes. They can be physical and mental, created by you or imposed upon you by other people. The important thing is to become aware of them and then you can earn to deal with them.
|Time Cheater||Is this me?||Time Beater|
|I spend too much time talking to people who won’t go away||Learn to be firm, say I don’t mean to be rude but I must get on with my work|
|I get side tracked easily and lack self discipline||Make action plans, stick to them and reward yourself for good time keeping|
|My colleagues/friends interrupt me all the time.||Set aside times when you don’t want to be disturbed.|
|I take on too much work||Learn to say “No” politely but firmly.|
|Time runs out! I am always rushed and late||When you make your plans, allow extra time for unexpected surprises!|
|I get panicky and try to do everything at once.||Prioritise!|
|I spend ages looking for letters and files||You need to organize your work space. Use filing and sorting systems.|
|Staff interrupt with questions about work I have assigned.||Learn to delegate effectively|
|I spend too much time in meetings that don’t accomplish anything||Learn about conducting effectively meetings.|
INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT IN GOVERNMENT
TRAINING MODULE ON PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT
Department of Personnel & Training Government of India & United Nation's Development Programme
Prepared by Dr.Chandraprasad Sreedhar, IMG, Trivandrum & Mr.Oommen Mathew, IMG, Kochi
1. leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) 1
2. Interpersonal Relations 11
3. Communication in Organizations 23
4. Stress Management 32
5. Group Dynamics and Team Building 51
6. Conflict Management 58
7. Performance Appraisal 64
8. Time Management 77
9. Motivation 87
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What is Transactional Analysis? What does T/A do? What does T/A not do? What are the dynamics of T/A? How can I become more effective with the use of T/A?
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“Transactional Analysis (T/A) is one of the tools developed by behavioural scientists which is used for analysis of transactions” or understanding of communications that occur between people. It is a rational approach to understanding behaviour and is based on the assumption that any person can learn to trust himself or herself, think rationally, make independent decisions, and express feelings.
“Transactional Analysis” is a tool but also a complete theory of personality, containing techniques of psychotherapy for personal and social growth. A “transaction” means any exchange or interaction that occurs between two or more persons.
Transactional analysis concerns itself with the kinds of communication – both verbal and non-verbal – that occur between people. The emphasis of Transactional Analysis is upon positive communication.
Transactional Analysis is widely utilised as a consultation method in educational programmes, social institutions, business, hospitals, churches, government organizations, and other organizations. The late Eric Berne, M.D., the principal innovator and developer of Transactional Analysis, began experimenting with his ideas by applying them to group psychotherapy, but more recently it is widely used in family, couples and individuals work.
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Transactional Analysis increases understanding of self and others. It decreases tendency to be critical of self and others. Transactional Analysis helps reduces stress, frustration and anxiety levels!
A few hours exposure to Transactional Analysis is not necessarily going to result in any person being transformed in to a happy and an effective person. Transactional Analysis does not erase all human relations difficulties. All emotional problems won’t be solved with a brief training period and traditional way of doing things that may be non-productive. Lot will depend upon the trainer. There are several who present themselves as experts. These people do more harm than good. Many companies have successfully incorporated Transactional Analysis training in to their overall personnel development programmes. These organizations represent private and public sector industries. State Governments, police systems, educational institutions, municipalities, and professional associations. The benefit which an organization derives from Transactional Analysis are better process diagnosis; clearer problem analysis; reduced non-communication: new tools for selecting people for entry and promotion; and less psychological pollution.
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Every one develops a Parent ego state when as children they absorb certain attitudes and ways of behaving from parental figures. When you feel, think, or act as you saw your parents (or other authority figures) act when you were little, you are in your Parent ego state. While in your Parent, you may act in either a controlling, sometimes critical way or in a nurturing, sometimes loving way. Here are some examples of statements you are likely to make while in your Parent.
-Controlling Parent: “Nobody can leave until this report is finished”
- Nurturing Parent: “I’m sorry you’re not feeling well today. Would you like to go over to the nurse’s office and get some help? I’ll take care of your station”.
While in our Parent we respond automatically almost as if a tape recording were playing in our heads and directing our words and actions. For this reason, we often use the phrase “Parent tapes” to refer to:
- dialogue from Parent figures stored in our heads, and
- automatic responses we make while in our Parent ego state
ii) The Adult Ego State
Although we respond automatically when in our Parent, we respond analytically when in our Adult. Whenever you are gathering information, reasoning things out, estimating probabilities, and so on, you are in your Adult ego state. While in this ego state you are cool and collected: you make decisions unemotionally. You just want the facts. The Adult ego state has nothing to do with age. Little children have Adult ego states too! For example, when four-year-old Kristi says, “I bet Jeff is home – I see his car,” she is using her budding Adult, since she is calmly estimating probabilities on the basis of facts.
iii) The Child Ego State
Yes, even though you’re an adult, you have a Child inside you. While in your Child ego state, you feel and act like the little person you once were. Your Child has all of the feelings and impulses of a newborn. It also includes your mental recordings of your:
- early experiences
- reactions to these experiences, and
- learned view of yourself and other people
Free or Natural Child (FC or NC)
This is the source of our spontaneity, energy and curiosity, with all our potential for life. It represents the way we are when we are born – natural, loving, carefree, adventurous and trusting – with all our capacities for leading a joyful and meaningful existence. This part of us knows no rules and consequently operates without regard for others and is unconcerned about their reactions. Witness the behaviour of the twelvemonth-old exploring its environment! Of course, it would be impossible to maintain the structure of a society on such a basis, and without some adaptations.
In fact, in many grown-ups the adaptations are so extensive that they rarely use their Free Child. Some examples of the expression of the Free Child in an organization are: the joy of a major breakthrough in research and the fun at an office party (alcohol first ‘strips away’ the Parent, then the Adult!).
As suggested, it does not seem possible to live in a continuous Free Child state and live with other people at the same time. From an early age, we make adaptations to help us get along with and get attention from authority figures, most notably our own parents. Some of these may develop in line with general practice in our society, eg., specific modes of eye and body contact; saying ‘please’, ‘thank you’ and ‘sorry’ at the appropriate times; not making personal comments about others in public.
Note how uncomfortable we often feel with those who have not adapted to these culturally agreed ways of behaving. Many more adaptations are unique to the particular family and its situation, and are important in marking us out as individuals. Some examples that create problems in adulthood and are relevant to organizations are compliance, procrastination and rebellion.
Some individuals learn when they are young that the way to get along is always to say ‘yes’. Their problem in adulthood is saying ‘yes’ when their better judgement, experience and knowledge suggests that arguing the point and asserting themselves would be more appropriate. Some personal and organizational disasters might have been avoided if some people had not been so compliant in the past. (Of course, some people in power want nothing better than for others to do exactly what they are told!)
Some people learn when they are young that a good way to get attention is to procrastinate. Consider these examples from family life:
‘C’mon, get a move on, or we’ll miss the shops!’ ‘Look, put that doll down, tie your shoe laces up and let’s get going. You’re making us late again!’
If a child decides on this basis that delaying gets attention, in adulthood the individual may still be indulging in this behaviour. Certainly, being late is a good way to get attention in organizations (albeit negative) and it may use up more energy, money and time than it is worth (clock cards, counselling interviews, disciplinary interviews etc). Flexitime is no guarantee of cure.
Many children only get attention when they are ‘naughty’. Such individuals in adulthood may continue this behaviour by seeking bosses and/or institutions (eg., banks, local government, the police) to constantly fight and rebel against.
Another functional aspect of the Child ego state is frequently introduced and used, although its relationship to the other two is unclear. This is the Little Professor, the intuitive part of us that senses things about other people in a flash. This part of us has those brilliant, non-logical insights giving us solutions to problems that typify some of the major breakthrough in the growth of scientific knowledge.
Transactions and its Analysis
Transactional analysis is related with the way in which individuals interact with each other. It explains the mechanism that takes place when people are having conversation or are trying to exchange their thoughts, feelings and ideas with each other. Thus, Transactional Analysis essentially refers to the analysis of interactions between people. According to Transactional Analysis, transactions is stimulus plus response (S+R). If two or more people encounter each other, sooner or later one of them will speak, or give some other indication of acknowledging the presence of the others. This is called the “transactional stimulus”. Another person will then say or do something which is in some way related to the stimulus, and that is called transaction response. Transactional Analysis involves the study of the social transactions between people and it deals with determining which part of the multiple-natured individual is being activated Parent, Adult or Child.
Transactions and its Types
Normally there are three types of transactions:
(i) Complementary Transactions
A transaction is complementary when communication continues on parallel lines between individuals and the lines of stimulus and response are parallel. Thus, the message transmitted from one ego-state elicits an expected and appropriate response from the proper ego-state of the other individual. The transactions are complementary because both are acting in the perceived and expected ego-states. Usually, in such a case, both individuals are satisfied, everyone feels OK and the communication is complete.
Complementary transactions can take place between A-A, P-C, P-P and so on.
(ii) Crossed Transactions
The lines of stimulus and Response cross each other in case of crossed transactions. Whenever the stimulus and response cross on the P-A-C transactional diagram, communication stops. Transactions become uncomplimentary. The message sent by one ego-state is responded to from an incompatible, unexpected ego-state of another person. The inappropriate response generates feelings of hurt and anger and the individuals, instead of coming closer, divert from each other. Crossed transactions are the source of much interpersonal conflict in an organisation. They inhibit free flow of ideas, free thinking, creativity and social interactions. Crossed transactions have many possible dysfunctional consequences for the organisation.
(iii) Ulterior Transactions
The ulterior type of transactions are most complex because the communication has double meaning as more than ego-states are involved in them. When ulterior message is sent, the literal and intent meanings are not one and the same. Ulterior message is often disguised in a socially acceptable way. On the surface level, the communication has a clear Adult message, whereas it carries a hidden message on the psychological level. Ulterior transactions like crossed transactions are undesirable as they damage interpersonal relationships.
You’ve seen that transactions can be open, blocked, or ulterior. It’s also important to recognize that whenever two people are transacting, they are exchanging “strokes”. What are strokes? To help you understand that term, let’s look at an important discovery made by Rene Spitz. Spitz found that keeping infants fed and in a clean environment was not enough. Such infants became weak and almost seemed to shrivel up if they were not cuddled and stroked. Infants who are touched very little may become physically and mentally retarded; those not touched at all seem to “give up” and die. Before Spitz discovered this, doctors often puzzled at the high death rate in orphanage nurseries. Today in such nurseries “grandmothers” and “grandfathers” volunteer to come in and just cuddle infants.
In Transactional Analysis language, the term “stroke” refers to the giving of some kind of recognition to a person. This may or may not involve physical touching. As we grow from infancy into childhood and then adulthood, we do not entirely lose our need for stroking. Part of our original need for physical stroking seems to be satisfied with symbolic stroking. We no longer need constant cuddling, but we still need attention. When we receive a stroke, we may choose to feel either good or bad. If we choose to feel good, we might think of the stroke as a “warm fuzzy” (or positive stroke). On the flip side, if we choose to feel bad, we can think of it as a “cold prickly” (or negative stroke).
Since we have a basic need for strokes, we will work hard to get them. For example, ignored children will engage in all sorts of creative acts to get stroked. Often such children quickly learn that they can get strokes by:
-talking in a loud, whiny, high-pitched voice, -spilling milk on a clean table cloth, and
- injuring themselves
A child who carries out one of these actions is likely to get a cold prickly (negative stroke). But it seems to make no difference to a stroke-deprived child. To such a child, any kind of stroke is better than none at all: a cold prickly is better than nothing! The same is true for adults who work in a stroke-deprived environment.
Lennie, a shipping clerk in a small mail-order firm, worked alone. Yet he got a lot of strokes from Kevin, his supervisor. Kevin often stopped by Lennie’s work station just to chat. These strokes were not usually given for any particular job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) performance since Lennie’s job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) was rather routine and didn’t require any special skills. However, Kevin did compliment Lennie for his consistent performance.
Then one day Kevin was promoted. Lennie’s new supervisor, Laura, had a different approach. She didn’t stop to chat with her subordinates and spoke to them only when she was dissatisfied with their work.
Another way of looking at relationships between people is through the concept of ‘life position’, sometimes referred to as the basic position or existential position. A person’s life position at any given time expresses in some way just how that individual is relating to others in terms of thinking, feeling and behaving. There are four basic life positions, shown below referred to as the OK corral.
I’m not OK I’m OK
You’re OK You’re OK
I’m not OK I’m OK
You’re not OK You’re not OK
Examples of Life Positions
The idea of life positions can be demonstrating the following examples.
Characteristics of the Life Positions
I’M OK, YOU’RE OK (I + U+)
This is sometimes referred to as the get on with position. People occupying this position are optimistic, confident and happy about work and life. They use time constructively, doing the things they most want to. They exchange strokes freely with those they meet, accepting the significance of other people, and decline to put themselves or others down. They are assertive in reaching their aims, ie., they state and elaborate their own views and needs rather than attack other people’s views and needs. Their dominant working style with others is collaboration and mutual respect, sharing authority and responsibility and listening constructively, even if they disagree. The problems they encounter in work and life are faced and dealt with as constructively as possible. They are likely to ‘succeed’ in life within the limits they’ve set themselves, finding satisfaction with work and relationships, and tend to live long, healthy lives.
I’M OK, YOU’RE NOT OK (I+ U-)
This is sometimes referred to as the get rid of position. It is characterised by feelings of anger, fury and hostility. Others are seen as inferior, unworthy, incompetent, wrong and not to be trusted. Behaviour to others is characterised by such things as spite, victimisation, trapping, condescension, abuse and disregard. They may devote much time to the destruction of the sense of self-worth of others. As well as putting others down, they over-inflate their own self-worth, deny personal problems and find it difficult to give positive strokes. At work they are highly competitive and climb over others at whatever cost to achieve power and status. In wider social terms this is the life position of those who exploit their fellow man, or of those who take dogmatic views, believing theirs to be the only right course. In extreme cases they are homicidal (You are so “not OK”, there’s no point to your living’)
I’M NOR OK, YOU’RE OK (I- U+)
This is referred to as the get away from position and is typified by feelings such as sadness, inadequacy, stupidity or a sense of being ugly. In this position, people experience themselves as inferior or powerless in relation to others. They put themselves down and find it difficult to accept positive strokes, even being suspicious of them. In relation to work, they undervalue their potential and skills and they avoid or withdraw from difficult situations and problems. In life generally, they don’t succeed, are unhappy, often ill and/or depressed and in extreme cases commit suicide (I’m so useless I may as well not live’)
I’M NOT OK, YOU’RE NOT OK (I- U-)
This is also referred to as the get nowhere position and is accompanied by feelings of confusion or aimlessness and pointlessness. Their attitude is ‘Why bother, what’s the point?’ and they frequently waste time. They do nothing very much in life, and in extreme cases become alcoholics or drug addicts, or go crazy, possibly committing murder or suicide.
E.Berne, Games People Play, Grove Press Inc., 1964; Penguin, 1968. Barker D, TA and Training, Gower Publishing Company Ltd., 1982.
COMMUNICATION IN ORGANIZATIONS
Organizations, large and small, commercial and not-for-profit, religious and educational – are all structured to facilitate the achievement of objectives. The communication process in an organization connects superiors, subordinates, members of the peer group and the external environment. The top man’s job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) is almost solely communication as he has the main task of linking and relating the organization with the environment.
In the absence of communication, human beings will have to exist as individuals never benefiting from the sharing of emotions, experiences, knowledge etc. Without communication, which has undisputed primary in the affairs of human race, man will not be able to unit to overcome limitations and ensure achievements.
Communication involves the transfer or rather exchange of ideas, information, understanding, feelings, emotions etc. between individuals. It can be defined as “who says what and why to whom through which channel with what effect”. Though this is a reasonably comprehensive definition of communication, it is a process oriented one. It should be stated in this context that the concept of communication is common understanding between the involved parties – whom we shall refer to as the Sender and Receiver – about what is being communicated which we shall term as Message. “Message” may denote anything ranging from ideas to data to statistics to emotions and feelings.
The Importance of Communication
Studies have been conducted on the amount of time spent on communication by people from different walks of life. It is found that the group that has to spend least time for the process of communication is the shop floor level workers in manufacturing organizations. Even in their case, 40 to 60% of time is spent on communication. As a person’s position in the organizational echelon is higher and higher, the time required to be spent on communication is more and more. The head of any organization may be expected to spend more than 80% of his/her time on some form of communication or the other. What this means is that how effectively, efficiently, creatively and productively that person communicates will decide his overall effectiveness, efficiency, creativity and productivity to a corresponding extent. The communication process in any organization is so vital for the achievement of its objectives. How a communication system is managed in an organization ie., how effective it is, has a profound impact on the ultimate effectiveness of the total organization.
Numerous studies have confirmed the impact of communication, organizational productivity, efficiency and effectiveness. In one such study, the reasons for wide variations in productivity among twenty seven branches of a package – delivery organization, were explored. As part of the study communication data were collected from the 975 employees from the branches. Comparison of productivity and communication data revealed positive correlation between high performance and open communication between superiors and subordinates.
In a survey conducted among nearly a hundred business organizations with the objective of determining how much of top management has to say is actually understood, the following facts were revealed.
The above findings throw light on the need and potential for management for improving communication skills.
The ABCs of Communication
Like any other process, communication also has its ABCs and it is interesting to note that the ABCs of communication are:
A -Attractiveness B -Brevity C -Clarity
The Process of Communication
Whatever is being communicated is called ‘Message’. The person from whom the message originates – the one who initiates the process of communication – is called the Sender. The person for whom the communication is meant is called the Receiver. Communication cannot take place in a vaccum. It has to have a medium or channel. After receiving the message the ‘Receiver’ will react or respond to the sender when provision for that exists. This part of the communication process may be termed Feedback. When there is no provision for ‘Receiver to Sender Feedback’, it may be called one-way communication.
This, in most cases, may increase the distortion between the intended message and the one that is received. There are various barriers to effective communication which may affect the process at any stage and they can be collectively designated by the term ‘NOISE’. The following model will illustrate the process of communication.
NOISE NOISE NOISE
Based on the presence or absence of two important attributes of communication viz., effectiveness and impressiveness, all communication can be grouped in to one of the following categories:
Needless to mention, the best of the above lot is the first category and the last one is the worst. It should be one’s aim to make his/her communication effective and attribute each is present while the other is lacking. If a choice is to be made between the second and third categories, definitely the preference must be for the second one. In other words, if we have to prioritize, effectiveness has primacy.
Barriers to Effective Organizational Communication
There are many barriers that can impede the process of communication resulting in a communication breakdown. Some of the common barriers to effective communication are described below. However, it should be remembered that the list is not exhaustive.
(iii) Inattention: This is related to the receiver, care should be taken to give proper attention to the message. When in sender’s role, one should start communicating only after ensuring required level of attention on the part of the receivers. Despite physical proximity with the sender, the receiver’s level of attention may come down or his/her thoughts may take side excursions while the sender is talking. The sender should recognize this as a natural and normal phenomenon and make efforts to regain receivers’ attention at periodic intervals.
(iv) Selective Listening: When receivers tend to “block out” information, especially when it is contradictory to what one believes, it results in selective perception. It is a common practice for people to ignore or distort information that conflicts with ones prescribed notions.
|(v)||Mistrust of the Source: Over a period of time, we develop various levels of trust, confidence or faith|
|in the words of the sender. It may be termed source credibility. To be an effective communicator, one|
|should develop himself/herself as a credible source of information.|
|(vi)||Exaggeration: People may resort to exaggeration to dramatize ones presentation or to make it more|
|attractive, humorous etc. However, in the long run, one who is known to exaggerate always looses|
|(vii)||Distortion: Distortion of the original message may occur due to various factors. Distortion may be|
|accidental or intentional. In earlier case, the end result is undesirable and harmful.|
|(viii)||Uniqueness: No two phenomena, no too things, no two human beings are exactly alike. Because of|
|the uniqueness of individuals, their experiences, and as a result of this, their perceptions differ.|
|(ix)||Badly Expressed Messages: Badly expressed messages may be the result of inadequate preparation,|
|inadequate control over the medium, mannerisms of the sender etc. Even a wrong punctuation can|
|result in badly expressed messages which may not convey any meaning or may convey an unintended|
|(x)||Unclarified Assumptions: When one hears, sees or reads something he/she may make certain|
|assumptions, which have no relation with reality. When one makes decisions or takes action based on|
|wrong assumptions, the result will be disastrous.|
|(xi)||Abstractions: In abstracting – the process of leaving something out to derive meaning – people give|
|differential emphasis to different factors. Because of this, different people, when bombarded with the|
|same stimulus or set of stimuli, may give different responses based on different conclusions.|
|(xii)||Absentmindedness: Mental pre-occupation resulting in absentmindedness can be a very important|
|barrier to effective communication. When in the role of the receiver, one should safeguard|
|himself/herself from it and when in the sender’s role, should watch for signs of absentmindedness on|
|the part of the receiver and take steps to ensure proper attention and involvement.|
|(xiii)||Time Pressure: People in positions of authority and responsibility may not have enough time to|
|communicate with everybody. Time Pressure can result in improper and insufficient communication.|
|Time pressure may even lead to short-circuiting which means people being left out of the formal|
|channel of communication, who normally would have been included.|
Improving Communication Skills
Remember the old addage, “Reading make a full man”, writing an exact man and conference a ready man” and practice it to be a wise communicator.
Though there are various forms of communication, more often than not, we communicate orally. Oral communication involves:
Improving Organizational Communication
There is no magic formula for ensuring effective organizational communication as it is too complicated a process. However, organizational communication can be bettered. An awareness of the barriers to effective communication will help in two ways: (1) Avoiding the barriers or reducing their ill effects in ones communication (2) anticipating communication malfunctions in others which helps to overcome many a barrier in communication.
In ones effort to become a better communicator, he/she must not only strive to be understood but also to understand. The task is two fold. First, the message must be improved. So should be the understanding of what other people are trying to communicate to them. Some techniques that will aid in the accomplishment of these tasks are discussed below:
The above discussion attempted to convey the basics in the process of communication and means and techniques for effective communication. The principles described apply to oral and written communication and is equally significant whether communication is vertical, horizontal or diagonal. Some of the techniques suggested for improving communication may find difficulty in being translated in to action for want of time. However, it is hoped that the discussion has thrown enough light on the challenge of effective communication and its requirements. Managers have to be effective in both transmission and reception. They must communicate effectively in their endeavour to understand and be understood, which will go a long way in improving their effectiveness and efficiency as managers.
STATT, D.A, Using Psychology in Management Training, Taylor and Francis, Inc 2000 Luthans F., Organisational Behaviour, IRWIN/McGRAW-HILL 1998
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Although stress has been defined in many ways, a common ground of most definitions is that stress is caused by a stimulus, that the stimulus can be either physical or psychological and that individual respond to the stimulus in some way. Here, then we define stress as a person's adaptive response to a stimulus that places excessive psychological or physical demands on that person.
Let us look at each component of this definition. First is the notion of adaptation. As we discuss shortly, people adapt to stressful circumstances in any of several different ways. Second is the role of the stimulus. This stimulus is generally called a stressor. That is, a stressor is anything that induces stress. The definition also notes that stressors can be either psychological or physical. Finally, the demands placed on the individual by the stressor must be excessive for stress to result. Of course, what is excessive for one person may be perfectly tolerable for another.
The Cost of Stress
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Stress and the Individual
Much of what we know about stress today can be traced to the pioneering work of Dr. Hans Selye identified what he called general adaptation syndrome and the notions of eustress and distress.
General Adaptation Syndrome ?
According to this view, we each have a normal level of resistance to stressful events. Some of us can tolerate a great deal of stress, while others can handle much less, but everyone has a basic threshold at which stress starts to affect us.
The GAS begins when a person first encounters a stressor. The first stage is called alarm. At this point, the person may feel some degree of panic, may wonder how to cope, and so forth. For example, suppose a manager is assigned a lengthy report to write overnight. His first reaction may be, "How will I ever get this done by tomorrow?"
If the stressor is too extreme, the person may simply be unable to cope with it at first. In most cases, however, the individual gathers his or her strength (physical or emotional) and resists the negative effects of the stressor. For example, the manager with the long report to write may calm down, call home to say he's working late, role up his sleeves, order out for dinner, and set to work. Thus, at stage 2 of the GAS, the person is resisting the effects of the stressor.
In many cases, the resistance phase may end the GAS. If, for example, the manager is able to complete the report earlier than expected, he may drop it in his briefcase, smile to himself, and reach home tired but happy. On the other hand, prolonged exposure to a stressor, without resolution, may bring on phase 3 of the GAS i.e exhaustion.
At this stage, the person literally gives up and can no longer fight the stressor. The manager, for example, might fall asleep at his desk at 3.00 a.m and not get the report finished.
Distress and Eustress
Selye also pointed out that the effects of all stress need not be detrimental. For example, receiving a bonus and then having to decide what to do with the money can be stressful. So, too can getting a promotion, gaining recognition, getting married, and similar "good" things. Selye called this type of stress eustress.
Of course, there is also negative stress. Called distress, this is what most people think of when they hear the word stress. Excessive pressure, unreasonable demands on our time, bad news, so on and so forth, all fall in to this category.
For purposes of simplicity, we will continue to use the simple term stress. It is important to remember throughout the discussion, though, that stressor can be either positive or negative. It can motivate and stimulate us, or it can lead to any number of dangerous side effects.
It is also important to note the effects of individual differences on stress. We have already noted, for example, that people differ in their normal levels of resistance to stressors.
Cultural differences are also important. For example, as detailed more fully in international Perspective research by Cary Cooper suggests that American executives may have less stress than executives in many other countries, including Japan and Brazil.
Other research suggests that women are perhaps more prone to experience the psychological effects of stress, whereas men may report more physical effects. Finally, it has also been suggested that people who see themselves as being very complex are better able to handle stress than are people who have a simpler view of themselves. We should add, though, that the study of individual differences in stress is still in its infancy; it would be premature to draw rigid conclusions about how different types of people handled stress.
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c) Role Overload
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|a)||amount of contact with others|
|b)||amount of contact with people in other departments|
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c) Organisational Climate
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Indeed, the research quite strongly suggests that people who undergo prolonged periods of stress are more likely to suffer more major physical illnesses. In particular, stress is a major contributor to ulcers, arthritis, drug and alcohol abuse, and heart disease. Some researchers suggest that managers with high levels of stress may be twice as prone to heart disease, five times as prone to a second heart attack, and twice as prone to fatal heart attacks as low-stress managers.
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A third response to frustration is depression.When people are frustrated at work, they often become sad. They may become pessimistic and lose their self-confidence and self-esteem. Individuals may start to avoid social contacts and feel more lonely. For instance, sometimes people will become depressed if they do not win some special award or recognition they had hoped for. They blame themselves for their failure and feel helpless to control events around them.
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A fourth response to frustration, although much rarer, is suicide. For a variety of reasons, an individual may feel unable to cope with all the negative aspects of his or her life and decide to end it. Unfortunately, the occurrence of suicide has increased over the past decade, particularly among executives.
Stress may also have a negative impact on individual performance. Stress can lead to increased turnover and absenteeism, for instance. Turnover and absenteeism allow workers to withdraw from unpleasant environments. In addition, stress has been frequently associated with industrial sabotage. Workers sometimes create mechanical failures on the assembly line to give themselves a break from the monotony and stain of their work. job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) stress also has an impact on individual productivity.
(4) Decision Making
Stress also impedes effective decision-making. When people are feeling stress, they are more likely to procrastinate and to avoid having to make decisions. They have more trouble concentrating and often forget important pieces of information. They are less likely to seek out new information that could help them make better decisions. As a result, the quality of the decisions they make suffers.
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As we have pointed out before, it is not true that employees do not want any stress at work. Indeed, there is substantial evidence that employees are energized and motivated by moderate amounts of stress. However, most people want to reduce their stress to the point where they feel they have some control over what is going on around them.
In this, section, we will be looking at a variety of ways in which individuals cope, or deal, with stress at work. The first set of these coping strategies are work-focused. Employees can decrease stress by directly changing their own work habits or the work environments they are in. The second set of these coping strategies are emotion-focused. These strategies do not directly change the work environment perse, but rather help employees adjust to the stress more easily.
(1) Work-Focused Coping Strategies
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Search for More Information and Direct Task Help
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(2) Emotion Focussed Coping Strategies
One of the biggest sources of stress in people's lives is the attempt to live up to the impossible standards they set for themselves. People expect themselves to perform consistently at high levels, even when they are trying to get too much done in too little time. They expect themselves to be efficient "machines" at work even when they are ill or pre-occupied with personal problems. Sometimes a good way of dealing with stress is to accept less than one's very best every once in a while. Not that people should become lazy or lackadaisical, but rather they should realize that not every performance can be stellar, and the world will not stop turning if they are not perfect every time.
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Increased Tolerance of Ambiguity
Through out school, most people receive clear homework assignments, objective tests, and frequent feedback. The work world is not like that. Most of the problems managers work on are ill-defined: little feedback is received; the criteria for success are much fuzzier. Certainly it makes sense to try to reduce role ambiguity wherever possible. However, employees can never obtain the role clarity they had as students, and they might be better off becoming more tolerant of ambiguity.
Relaxation techniques are another type of emotion-focused coping device. When individuals can't change the stressful work situation, they can sometimes cope with it more effectively if they are claimer. Some researchers have found that people experience a "relaxation response" if: (1) they are in a quiet environment' (2) they close their eyes; (3) they get into a comfortable position; and (4) they keep on repeating a simple sound to block out work-related thoughts. While the research in this area is still relatively new and sketchy, there is some evidence that such a "relaxation response" can decrease muscle tension, heart rate, blood pressure, and rate of breathing.
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They eat too much junk food, drink coffee to keep them going and consider walking to the vending machine as sufficient exercise. People are much more likely to get physically sick or emotionally depressed if they are out of shape, over tired, or poorly nourished.
3) Organizational Programmes to Manage Stress
Before concluding this chapter, we also want to look briefly at some programmes organisations are using to help their employees better deal with stress. While a wide variety of stress programmes have been experimented with, three types of programmes have become the most widespread.
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The future of such stress management programmes, ironically, it itself uncertain. In recent years, a thriving industry has sprouted to teach corporations and their employees at rates as high as $ 2,700 per person how to deal with stress. Unfortunately, some charlatans have been drawn to the area, casting doubt upon the many good stress programmes also available. One company active in stress management, Drilcota Texas tool manufacturer, has discontinued its programme because if found that much of the stress of its employees was personal, and better handled outside the company. IBM, a company otherwise noted for its generous employee policies, has no psychological counselling programme for employees, labelling such programmes "deadly paternalism".
In the final analysis, then, the management of stress lies by necessity with the individual. Even if organisations continue to remain active in stress management programmes, ultimately it is the individual who has to be responsible for he or her own well-being.
Hargreaves, G. Stress Management, Marshall Publishing, London 1998 Taylor, S.E. health (Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)Psychology, McGRAW-HILL Inc.1995 Kirsta A, The Book of Stress Survival, Gaia Books Limited, London 1981 Arnold, J.H. & Feldman, D.C.Organisational Behaviour, McGRAW-HILL 1986
GROUP DYNAMICS AND TEAM BUILDING
Human beings are always found in groups in organizations. No institution is an exception. It is very evident that even though an individual's needs and motivations do not change, the existence of groups influence the behaviour of individuals in organizations. Organizational behaviour is neither the sum nor the product of individual's behaviour. The group is a very significant element in the phenomenon of Organizational Behaviour.
Marvin E Shaw in 'Group Dynamics' defines a group as "two or more employees who interact with each other in such a manner that the behaviour and/or performance of a member is influenced by the behaviour and/or performance of other members".
Types of Groups
In any organization, most of the individuals will be members of groups based on their position in the organization. Such groups are termed formal groups eg., staff of a particular department. When individuals have opportunities for reasonably continuous associations, they tend to form groups whose activities are not dictated by organizational requirements. Such groups may be termed informal groups. Eg. Junior officers of various departments. It should be borne in mind, that this classification is based on the manner of formation of groups in organizations. The general attributes and nature of both groups are more or less the same.
Objectives of Group Formation
The most important reason for group formation is the satisfaction of needs. In 'Perspectives on Group Processes', Gratton Kemp describes a group as an instrument for satisfaction of individual needs. It may be observed in this context that the security, social, esteem and self-actualization needs of employees find satisfaction in group affiliations.
Physical closeness and mutual appreciation, perception of commonly shared objectives, interests or attitudes also facilitate group formation. So is attraction to group goals, which an individual finds personally beneficial.
The importance of financial reasons of group formation cannot be overemphasized. Here the group members common interest is increased economic benefits.
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The leader of the informal group who is devoid of any de jure power will have to rely on de facto power and, will, by and large, be a respected and accepted member of the group. The members expect the informal leader to be their spokes-person who will work for the redressal of grievances of the group in general and its members in particular. The members expect the leader to maintain the group as a sound functional unit on a long term basis. The members may replace the informal leader if found necessary.
So, irrespective of whether the group is formal or informal, the leader has to possess required knowledge and skills and exhibit the right attitudes to facilitate group task achievement.
It will be prudent to identify and enumerate issues and processes found in groups. These should be of interest to those in administration as they can greatly affect level and quality of group performance.
Group Processes and Issues:
Cohesiveness: By cohesiveness is meant the extent to which individual members of a group are attracted to each other and value their group affiliation. The factors contributing to greater group cohesiveness are:
(iii) Perception of group affiliation as beneficial
As its impact on the behaviour of members is great, a cohesive group is a powerful social force in any organization. A cohesive work group is very handy for managers when the group identifies its objectives with those of the organization. When this is not the case, the person in charge has the responsibility to identify the factors that contribute to the group opposition to the organizational objectives and take the required corrective action. This is because a non-cohesive work group creates administrative problems as there is lack of group pressure for excellence in job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) performance and task achievement.
Norms: The standards stipulating how an individual member of the group should conduct himself or herself are called norms. Norms have very strong influence on the behaviour of individual members of a group. One may trace the development of group norms through the informal interaction of its members. There may be occasional instances of deviant behaviour. However, more often than not, group pressure will be sufficient to bring the behaviour of the deviant member into conformity with group norms. In extreme cases of incessant deviant behaviour, the group may excommunicate the errant member. Managers can, in all normal circumstances, except members to adjust their behaviour so that it is in tune with the group norms. Problems will arise when the group norms are in conflict with the organizational objectives. Managers should take it up as their responsibility to ensure that there exists a supplementary and complimentary relationship between the goals of the organization and the norms of the groups that comprise it.
Decision making in groups:
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Intragroup relations in a work team
Many people are excellent individuals but bad team players. The success of institutions depends more on effective team playing and synergy than individual excellence.
Because of basic human nature and more because of the socialization process that one has undergone, people exhibit various behaviours, harbour certain feelings and emotions and experience various states of mind which are negative or unproductive to effective group functioning and performance. Some of these are:
- "I have done my work; let me withdraw". This state of mind signifies an inability to perceive a group task as a group task.
-Being a blocker to group activity though many a time it is unintentional. -Consuming more than ones due share of resources, thus depriving others of even their legitimate share. -Satisfaction with limited achievements. -Collecting resources and idling them.
- Hard but unproductive work.
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- Feeling of alienation with ones immediate work group eg. "I wish I had joined XYZ organization".
- Contempt for colleagues
One has to consider all of the above when engaged in team building and management.
The leader should take it up as his responsibility to ensure that these negative feelings, behaviours etc. cease to exist or at least that their ill effects are kept to the minimum.
Intergroup relations in organization & Relationship between organizations in society
The filed of intergroup dynamics has baffled many a behavioural scientist. While the various sections/groups of an organization are only sub systems of the organizational system, hardly is this fact recognized and appropriate behaviour exhibited in practice. The various subsystems of the organization will pull it in different directions with the ultimate result of the whole organization crumbling and perishing. When the various subsystems of the organization get opportunities for interaction they can use it productively for the organization and also benefiting themselves in the process. This will necessitate the exhibition of traits such as:
However, in reality one finds that in majority of such situations, the traits exhibited by the involved groups are:
Occasions are many where groups block achievements of their groups even when doing so will prevent their own task achievements and they are aware of it also. The reason for this sad state of a affairs is that because of basic human nature and more because of ones socialization process many have developed the deep rooted concept of 'WIN-LOSE', which advocates that to be 'successful', one has to ensure the 'failure' of the other party. By extention this will also mean that if the other party is 'winning', you have to be a looser. No one will willingly opt to lose. But when ones concept is that of 'WIN-LOSE', the decisions made and actions taken with the hope and expectation of ensuring ones 'success', will only ensure the other party's failure. In ensuring the failure of the other, both parties will be successful. What is basically needed for healthy productive and effective intergroup dynamics is a shift in ones basic concept frown WIN-LOSE to WIN-WIN which will mean discontinuance of traits like mistrust, conflict, confrontation, misunderstanding etc. and substituting them with trust, co-operation, collaboration, understanding etc.
In recent years, teams have emerged as the most important group phenomenon in orgaizations. The term "team" is not new to organizations, and teamwork has been stressed throughout the years. For example, the well-known quality guru Joseph Juran first took his "Team Approach to Problem Solving" to the Japanese in the1950s and then in the 1980 to the United States. Today, teams are becoming increasingly popular. Recent estimates of the prevalence and type of teams among Fortune 1000 companies are as follows.
After first defining what is meant by a team and critically analyzing self-managed teams found in today's organizatios, the ways to train self-managed teams and make them effective are discussed.
The Nature of Teams
Although the term "team" is frequently used for any group, especially to get individuals to work together and to motivate them, some team experts make a distinction between teams and traditional work groups. For example, the authors of a recent book on the use of teams for creating high-performance organizations note that the difference between a work group and a team relates to performance results.
They go on to note these specific differences between work groups and teams:
The point is that teams do go beyond traditional formal work groups by having collective, synergistic (the whole is greater than the sum of its parts) effect.
The Effectiveness of Teams
Although there has been considerable testimonial evidence of the value of self-managed teams, supporting research and documented experience are now starting to emerge. To date, both the research and practice literature has been quite favourable to self-managed teams. For example, a comprehensive metaanalysis covering seventy studies concluded that self-managed teams had a positive impact on productivity and specific attitudes related to the team, but not on general attitudes, absenteeism, or turnover. This finding on the impact on productivity is impressive, and recent studies also find a more favourable impact on attitudes as well, but there are still practical problems to overcome. For example, a recent in-depth interview survey of 4500 teams at 500 organizations uncovered a host of individual and organizational factors behind team ineffectiveness. Individual problems included the following:
Organizational-level problems uncovered b y this survey included compensation and reward systems that still focused solely on individual performance; thus there was little incentive for teams to perform well. A recent survey of 300 large companies found that only 9 percent of them were pleased with their team-based compensation.
How to Make Teams More Effective
For teams to be more effective, they need to overcome some of the real problems that some, if not most, are currently experiencing. Most suggested guidelines revolve around training and evaluation systems. An example of an effective training approach would be the ten-step model shown in Table 9.3. GE, in its Electrical Distribution and Control Division, has successfully used this training model. According to the trainers, the trained GE teams "are made up of dedicated people who enjoy working together, who maintain high standards, and who demonstrate high productivity and commitment to excellence".
Besides going through the steps of training teams to become effective self-managing entities, team experts agree that they must also be monitored and evaluated on a continuous basis. As one expert noted:
At any point, team members can slide back to a lower level of
effectiveness if they do not continually work together as
a team, listen and communicate effectively, deal with conflict
demonstrate other characteristics of an effective team.
She then goes on to specify five key areas of the team that should be closely monitored and periodically measured : (1) team mission (2) goal achievement (3) empowerment (4) open, honest communication and (5) positive roles and norms. By controlling such key functions, self managed teams can be effective and contribute to the performance goals of the organisation.
The use of Cross-Functional Teams
Over the last few years, emphasis on team training has remained high. However, to increase effectiveness, the focus has also shifted to the use of cross-functional teams made up of individuals from a host of different departments or functional specialities.
To improve co-operation within cross-functional teams, organisations have found that they need to carry out five steps. These include (1) choosing the membership carefully (2) clearly establishing the purpose of the team (3) ensuring that everyone understands how the group will function (4) conducting intensive team building up front so that everyone learns how to interact effectively and (5) achieving noticeable results so that morale remains high and the members can see the impact of their efforts.
In promoting cross-functional teams throughout an organisation, there are three steps that have been found to be extremely helpful. First, clear and specific goals have to be established so that the group is focused on a particular objective, such as increasing productivity or reducing time to market. Second, hiring, promotion and performance appraisal criteria have to be determined so that members can be carefully selected and the people on the teams understand how their performance will impact on their evaluations and promotions. Third, compensation systems must be carefully crafted so that people are equitably rewarded for their efforts. In other words, the effective use of cross-functional teams must draw from other areas of the field of orgnisational behaviour discussed in this text (e.g., goal setting, socialization and reward systems).
Luthans, F. Organizational Behaviour Irwin/McGRAWHILL. 1998.
Introduction To Conflict:
Conflict is difficult to define, because it occurs in many different settings. The essence of conflict seems to be disagreement, contradiction, or incompatibility. Thus, CONFLICT refers to any situation in which there are incompatible Goals, Cognitions, or Emotions within or between individuals or groups that lead to opposition or antagonistic interaction. The definition recognizes three basic types of conflict:
Goal conflict is situation in which desired end states or preferred outcomes appear to be incompatible.
Cognitive Conflict is a situation in which ideas or thoughts are inconsistent.
Affective Conflict is a situation in which feelings or emotions are incompatible; that is, people literally become angry with one another.
Conflict is very common in organizational settings. This is not necessarily a negative feature; the resolution of conflict often leads to constructive problem solving.
Conflict exists in many forms other than the form that can result from competition, and managers should understand the different ways of conflict resolution. Thus examines conflict from a variety of view points. It first considers the positive and negative aspects of conflict. Next, it discusses the levels of conflict that can occur within organizations. Finally, it identifies some of the basic strategies for managing conflict.
Levels Of Conflict
The five levels of conflict are intrapersonal (within an individual), interpersonal (between individuals), intragroup (within a group), intergroup (between groups), and intraorganizational (within organizations).
Intrapersonal Conflict, which occurs within an individual, often involves some form of goal conflict or cognitive conflict. Goal conflict exists for individuals when their behaviour will result in outcomes that are mutually exclusive or have compatible elements (both positive and negative outcomes).
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Interpersonal conflict involves two or more individuals rather than one individual. Two managers competing for the same promotion, two executives maneuvering for a larger share of corporate capital -examples of conflict between individuals are legion and quite familiar.
A group experiencing intragroup conflict, may eventually resolve it, allowing the group to reach a consensus. Or the group may not resolve the conflict, and the group discussion may end in disagreement among the members. A study of a large number of groups engaged in business and governmental decision making, tried to identify some the conditions that lead to (1) the successful resolution of conflict (consensus or (2) the failure to resolve conflict (disagreement). This study showed that conflict within groups is not a simple, single phenomenon. Instead, intragroup conflict seems to fall into two distinct categories : (1) substantive conflict and (2) affective conflict.
Substantive conflict refers to conflict based on the nature of the task or to "content" issues. It is associated with intellectual disagreements among the group members. In contrast, affective conflict derives primarily from the group's interpersonal relations. It is associated with emotional responses aroused during interpersonal clashes.
An organization is a collection of individuals and groups. As the situation and requirements demand, the individuals form various groups. The success of the organization as a whole depends upon the harmonial relations among all interdependent groups, even though some intergroup conflicts in organizations is inevitable. The idea is to study intergroup behaviours within an organization so that any conflict can be recognized and dealt with by the management.
Four types of intra-organizational conflict exist: (1) vertical conflict (2) horizontal conflict (3) line-staff conflict and (4) role conflict. Although these types of conflict can overlap, especially with role conflict, each has distinctive characteristics.
Vertical Conflict: Vertical conflict refers to any conflict between levels in an organization; superior-subordinate conflict is one example. Vertical conflicts usually arise because superiors attempt to control subordinates and subordinates.
Horizontal Conflict: Horizontal Conflict refers to conflict between employees or departments as the same hierarchical level in an organization.
Line-Staff Conflict: Most organizations have staff departments to assist the line departments.
The line-staff relationship frequently involves conflict. Staff managers and line managers typically have different personal characteristics. Staff employees tend to have a higher level of education, come from different backgrounds, and are younger than line employees. These different personal characteristics are frequently associated with different values and beliefs, and the surfacing of these different values tends to create conflict.
A role is the cluster of activities that others expect individuals to perform in their position. A role frequently involves conflict.
Except in very few situations where the conflict can lead to competition and creativity so that in such situations the conflict can be encouraged, in all other cases where conflict is destructive in nature, it should be resolved as soon after it has developed as possible, but all efforts should be made to prevent it from developing.
•= Preventing conflict. Some of the preventive measures that the management can take, according to Schein are:
a) Goal structure: Goals should be clearly defined and the role and contribution of each unit towards the organizational goal must be clearly identified. All units and the individuals in these units must be aware of the importance of their role and such importance must be fully recognized.
b) Reward System: The compensation system should be such that it does not create individual competition or conflict within the unit. It should be appropriate and proportionate to the group effort and reflect the degree of interdependence among units where necessary.
c) Trust and communication: The greater the trust among the members of unit, the more honest and open the communication among them would be. Individuals and units should be encouraged to communicate openly with each other so that they can all understand each other, understand each other’s problems and help each other when necessary.
d) Co-ordination: Co-ordination is the next step to communication. Properly co-ordinated activity reduce conflict. Wherever there are problems in co-ordination, a special liaison office should be established to assist such co-ordination.
•= Resolving Behavioural Conflict
Various researchers have identified five primary strategies for dealing with and reducing the impact of behavioural conflict. Even though different authors have given different terminology to describe these strategies, the basic content and approach of these strategies remain the same. These are:
If there is a single contributory factor that helps in reducing and eliminating negative conflict, it is "trust". Our ability to trust each other has great impact on our working lives, on our family interactions and our achievement of personal and organizational goals. In order to create trust and be trustworthy, it is necessary to avoid aggressive behaviours and at the same time develop supportive behaviours where people are respected for what they are or what they believe in and are treated equally without bias or prejudice. In case, a conflict develops at any level, it should be resolved with mutual benefit in mind.
Don Hellriegel, John W.Slocum, Jr., and Richard W.Woodman, Organizational Behaviour, 5th ed., West, St.Paul, Minn, 1989.
Luthans F, Organisational Behaviour, IRWIN/McGRAW-HILL 1998.
The performance of everyone in an organisation constantly being appraised by the person himself as well as by his superiors, peers, subordinates. Because different people do different tasks it is possible to assess the performance of each. The concept of Performance Appraisal has changed a lot through the time. Earlier, it was a means of assessing the subordinates performance by the superior. Nowaday the appraisal system has changed with one person being evaluated by his superiors, subordinates and peer gaps.
According to Rollins (1999) Performance Appraisal process is a formal process in an organization whereby each employee is evaluated to determine how he or she is performing.
Barrett thinks that Performance Appraisal mainly with the three purposes. a) Administrative Decisions, ie., promotions, transfers and allocation of financial rewards. b) Employee Development, ie., identification of training and development needs and performance
feedback c) Personnel Research ie., generation of manpower.
Most of the evaluation that takes place in an organization is informal, but some of it become part of the formal performance evaluation system that are present in many organisations. Ideally, the formal evaluation systems utilize valid data includes to determine how well an individual is performing his job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com). The following pages tells us more about the various techniques of Performance Appraisal, what it measures, who does this formal appraisal, its application etc.
Decenzo and Robbins (1998) mentions that three different approaches exist for doing appraisals. Employees can be appraised against (1) absolute standards 92) relative standards and (3) objectives.
One group of appraisal methods use absolute standard. This means that employees are compare to a standard, and their evaluation is independent of any other employee in a week group. Included in this group are the following methods: the essay appraisal, the critical incident appraisal, the checklist, the adjective rating scale, forced choice and behaviourally anchored rating scales. Relative Standards
In the second general category of appraisal methods, individuals are compared against other individuals. These methods are relative standards rather than absolute measuring device. The most popular of the relative method are group order ranking, individual ranking, and paired comparison. Objectives
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We will look at MBO in more detail later.
Now let us take a more detailed look at some of the important Appraisal Techniques. 1) Graphic Rating Scale
Graphic Rating Scale consist of list of general personal characteristics and personality traits, such as quantity of work, quality of work, initiative, co-operativeness and judgement. The rates judges the employee on each dimension, on a scale who rating vary, for example, from low to high or from poor to excellent. The scales are referred to as graphic because they visually graph performance from one extreme to another. Some examples of Graphic Rating Scales are given below:
Quality Too many About Occasional Almost hence Errors average errors make mistakes
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One of the weaknesses of graphic rating scale lies in the fact that they are not directly tied to the behaviour of the person being rated. GRS require the rates to draw inference and to make personal judgement regarding the performance and personal characteristics of the person being rated. GRS do not contain rating or evaluations of the frequency of actual job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) behaviour that are related to successful performance. Thus, a number of negative consequences arise when graphic rating scales are used to appraise performance like, lack of guidance on changes to be made, difficulty in designing training and development programmes, difficulty in rewards to effective behaviour etc. The common error of rating like kalo effect, leniency error, error of Central Trading etc can also occur.
Behaviourally Anchored Rating Scales (BARS)
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Advantages are that rating error are reduced, more reliable, valid, meaningful, more easily accepted and committed to by employees and superiors, degree of defensiveness and conflict reduced, accurate and concrete feedback can be provided. Disadvantages are time, effort and expense etc.
Behavioural Observation Scales (BOS)
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BOS share with BARS the advantages of (1) being relatively reliable and valid (2) generating high levels of employee acceptance (3) providing useful feedback.
BOS also time consuming and expensive to develop and difficult to apply to job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s whose primary components may not be physically observable. Management by Objectives (MBO)
MBO refers to a process in which managers set specific and measurable goals with each individual employee on a regular basis. The employee is then responsible for achieving his or her goals within a certain time.
MBO is an example of a results-based method of performance appraisal. Under MBO, individuals are evaluated as the basis of what they accomplish, not how they get the job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) done. There are two important steps involved in the application of MBO to performance appraisal; the first step is goal setting and the second step is performance review.
In the goal setting phase of MBO each individual meets with his or her immediate supervisor to discuss plans for the coming performance period-set specific, realistic and challenging performance goals, agree on specific measurement criteria and deadlines.
In the second performance review phase of MBO the manager and subordinate meet to discuss the subordinates progress in attaining his or her goals.
MBO seems as the basis for performance appraisal, also set specific challenging goals. Employees know what is expected and then, facilitates planning and co-ordination.
Disadvantages is that the emphasis is on results, so a lack of attention on how results are accomplished, difficult to compare this level of performance of different individuals difficult to implement effectively.
What should Performance Appraisal measure and who should do it
The appraisal process begins with the establishment of Performance standards in accordance with the organizations's strategic goals. Once performance standards are established, it is necessary to communicate these expectations. The third step in the appraisal process is the measurement of performance. To determine what actual performance is, it is necessary to acquire information about it. We should be concerned with how we measure and what we measure.
Four common sources of information are frequently used by managers regarding how to measure actual performance. Personal observation, statistical reports, oral reports and written reports. What we measure is probably more critical to the evaluation process than how we measure, since the selection of the wrong criteria can result in serious, dysfunctional consequence. And what we measure determines to a great extent, what people in the organization will attempt to excel at. The criteria we measure must represent performance as it was mutually set in the first two steps of the appraisal process.
The fourth step in the appraisal process is the comparison of actual performance with standards. Fifth is the discussion of the appraisal with the employee. The impression that employees receive about their assessment has a strong input on their self-esteem and very importantly, on their subsequent performance. The final step is the identification of corrective action.
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A good criterion must have
-reliability of measurement which includes stability and consistency. Stability is that measures taken by different methods by different people should be approximately equal.
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eg., for activities would be number of sales calls made eg., for results would be measure of total sales volume
Who should do the appraisal
Evaluation can be done by anybody-not necessarily the immediate boss. But the most common one is appraisal by the immediate superior who is in the best position to observe the employee's performance over the evaluation period. The position of the immediate superior, his knowledge about the task, the organizational goals etc, makes this the most common appraisal method.
Appraisal can also be done by a group panel of superiors, all from the same hierarchical level or from the next higher level. All of the superiors involved should be in a position to observe the subordinate's performance during the evaluation period. This type of appraisal will generate more reliable result due to pooling of a variety of opinions.
In some cases supervisors find it difficult to evaluate their employee's performance because they are not observing them every moment of the work day. So one of the better means is through peer evaluations. Peer evaluations are conducted by the employees' co-workers people explicitly familiar with the behaviour involved in their job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s. The main advantage of this type of evaluations that:
1) there is a tendency for co-workers to offer more constructive insight to each other, so that as a
unit each will improve.
2) their recommendations tend to be more specific regarding job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) behaviours.
Subordinate appraisal is appraisal done by some one in a subordinate position, can also be called upward appraisal or the reverse review. Upward appraisal permit employees to offer frank and constructive feed back to their organisers on such areas as leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) and communication skills.
Self evaluations similarly tend to be used more for purposes of development then for evaluation itself. Self evaluation appears to be in slightly under use than some of the other alternative approaches to evaluation. Self evaluations can be particularly helpful in stimulating an individual to think realistically about his or her areas of personal strength and weakness.
As the number of rates increases, the probability of attaining more accurate information increases.
Emerging Trends in Performance Appraisal
Performance appraisals are now also used for the development of the employees and not just for fixing pay. More radical techniques like peer evaluation, subordinate evaluation etc, is used more.
360 Degree Appraisals
An appraisal device that seeks performance feed back from such sources as oneself, bosses, peers, team members, customers and suppliers has become very popular in contemporary organizations. It is called the 360 degree appraisal. In today's dynamic organizations, supervisors have greater work responsibility and more employees reporting directly to them. Accordingly, in some instances, it is almost impossible for supervisors to have extensive job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) knowledge of each of their employees.
The 360 degree feed back process also has some positive benefits for development concerns. Many managers simply do not know how these employees truly view them and the work they have done. 360 degree performance appraisals are reporting positive results which stern from having more accurate feedback, empowering employees, reducing the subjective factors in the evaluation process, and developing leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) in an organization.
Application of Performance Appraisal
Performance Appraisal can have many uses. 1) Planning future human resource needs and capital 2) Basis for Rewards and Punishments 3) Personal Growth
- to motivate
-for employees to understand strengths and weaknesses in previous performance
1. Planning future human resource needs and politics
Effective performance appraisals generate information that can be of significant value to the organisation in planning its future human resource needs and policies. The members of an organization can be thought of as the human capital of the organization. PA can help recruiting, staffing and development policies in an informed, systematic manner.
2. Basis for Rewards and Punishments
Most organisations use the performance appraisal process to measure and evaluate the individual's performance and to distribute rewards on the basis of these evaluations. Performance Appraisal can produce valid performance data, which can be used as the basis for rewarding employees, for by-large planning and for training and development and activities.
3. Personal Growth
Performance Appraisal information's can serve to stimulate the personal development or organization members. Effective appraisals generate information regarding the personal strengths and weaknesses of individual employees. Future appraisals can provide a means of monitoring and assessing the improvements arising from attempts to deal with performance problems.
Date from performance evaluation system can help to pinpoint who might be good candidates for development and just what kind of development experiences might be best for them. Thus one reason for organizations appraise performance is that they need the information it yields in order to plan, co-ordinate and administer training and development programmes.
Individuals went and seek out feedback about their performance since it helps them learn more about themselves. An employee could have a deficiency or weakness in certain areas. Performance Appraisal can also motivate ineffective employees to improve their job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) performance. It can increase the level of both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation that is present in the employees who are appraised. It cannot provide employees with constructive feedback that will help them correct and at their own behaviour.
Arnold, JHC Feldman, D.C. Organizational Behaviour IRWIN/McGRAW-HILL 1986
PERSONAL TIME MANAGEMENT FOR BUSY MANAGERS by Gerard M Blair
Time passes, quickly. This article looks at the basics of Personal Time Management and describes how the Manager can assume control of this basic resource.
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Personal Time Management is about winning the "Eff" words: making them apply to you and your daily routines.
What is Personal Time Management?
Personal Time Management is about controlling the use of your most valuable (and undervalued) resource. Consider these two questions: What would happen if yu spend company money with as few safeguards as you spend company time, when was the last time you scheduled a review of your time allocation?
The absence of Personal Time Management is characterized by last minute rushes to meet dead-lines, meetings which are either double booked or achieve nothing, days which seem somehow to slip unproductively by, crises which loom unexpected from nowhere. This sort of environment leads to inordinate stress and degradation of performance it must be stopped.
Poor time management is often symptom of over confidence, techniques which used to work with small projects and workloads are simply reused with large ones. But inefficiencies which were insignificant in the small role are ludicrous in the large. You can not drive a motor bike like a bicycle, nor can you manage a supermarket-chain like a market stall. The demands, the problems and the payoffs for increased efficiency are all larger as your responsibility grows; you must learn to apply proper techniques or be bettered by those who do. Possibly, the reason Time Management is poorly practised is that it so seldom forms a measured part of appraisal and performance review; what many fail to foresee, however, is how intimately it is connected to aspects which do.
Personal Time Management has many facets. Most managers recognize a few, but few recognize them all. There is the simple concept of keeping a well ordered diary and the related idea of planned activity. But beyond these, it is a tool for the systematic ordering of your influence on events, it underpins many other managerial skills such as Effective Delegation and Project Planning.
Personal Time Management is a set of tools which allow you to; eliminate wastage be prepared for meetings refuse excessive workloads monitor project progress allocate resource (time) appropriate to a task's importance ensure that long term projects are not neglected plan each day efficiently plan each week effectively and to do so simply with a little self-discipline.
Since Personal Time Management is a management process just like any other, it must be planned, monitored and regularly reviewed. In the following sections, we will examine the basic methods and functions of Personal Time Management. Since true understanding depends upon experience, you will be asked to take part by looking at aspects of your own work. If you do not have time to this right now-ask yourself: why not?
What this article is advocating is the adoption of certain practices which will give you greater control over the use and allocation of your primary resource: time. Before we start on the future, it is worth considering the present. This involves the simplistic task of keeping a note of how you spend your time for a suitably long period of time (say a week). I say simplistic since all you have to do is create a simple table, photocopy half-a-dozen copies and carry it around with you filling in a row every time you change activity. After one week, allocate time (start as you mean to go on) to reviewing this log.
We are not looking here to create new categories of work to enhance efficiency (that comes later) but simply to eliminate wastage in your current practice. The average IEE Chartered Engineer earns about 27,000 pounds per annum: about 12.50 pounds per hour, say 1 pound every 5 minutes; for how many 5 minute sections of your activity would you have paid a pound? The first step is a critical appraisal of how you spend your time and to question some of your habits. In your time log, identify periods of time which might have been better used.
There are various sources of waste. The most common are social: telephone calls, friends dropping by, conversations around the coffee machine. It would be foolish to eliminate all non-work related activity (we all need a break) but if it's a choice between chatting to Harry in the afternoon and meeting the next pay-related deadline. Your time log will show you if this is a problem and you might like to do something about it before your boss does.
In your time log, look at each work activity and decide objectively how much time each was worth to you, and compare that with the time you actually spend on it. An afternoon spend polishing an internal memo into a Pulitzer prize winning piece of provocative prose is waste; an hour spent debating the leaving present of a colleague is waste; a minute spent sorting out the paper-clips is waste (unless relaxation). This type of activity will be reduced naturally by managing your own time since you will not allocate time to the trivial.
Specifically, if you have a task to do, decide before hand how long it should take and work to that deadline-then move on to the next task.
Another common source of waste stems from delaying work which is unpleasant by finding distractions which are less important or unproductive. Check your log to see if any tasks are being delayed simply because they are dull or difficult.
Time is often wasted in changing between activities. For this reason it is useful to group similar tasks together thus avoiding the start-up delay of each. The time log will show you where these savings can be made. You may want then to initiate a routine which deals with these on a fixed but regular basis.
Doing Subordinate's Work
Having considered what is complete waste, we now turn to what is merely inappropriate. Often it is simpler to do the job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) yourself. Using the stamp machine to frank your own letters ensures they leave by the next post; writing the missing summary in the latest progress report from your junior is more pleasant than sending it back (and it lets you choose the emphasis) Rubbish!
Large gains can be made by assigning secretarial duties to secretaries: they regularly catch the next post, they type a lot faster than you. Your subordinate should be told about the missing section and told how (and why) to slant it. If you have a task which could be done by a subordinate, use the next occasion to start training him/her to do it instead of doing it yourself-you will need to spend some time monitoring the task thereafter, but far less that in doing it yourself.
Doing the work of Others
A major impact upon your work can be the tendency to help others with their's. Now, in the spirit of an open and harmonious work environment it is obviously desirable that you should be willing to help out-but check your work log and decide how much time you spend on your own work and how much you spend on others'. For instance, if you spend a morning checking the grammar and spelling in the training material related to you last project, then that is waste. Publications should do the proof-reading, that is their job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com), they are better at it than you; you should deal at the technical level.
The remaining problem is your manager. Consider what periods in your work log were used to perform tasks that your manager either repeated or simply negated by ignoring it or redefining the task, too late. Making your manager efficient is a very difficult task, but where is impinges upon your work and performance you must take the bull by the horns (or whatever) and confront the issue.
Managing your manager may seem a long way from Time Management but no one impacts upon your use of time more than your immediate superior. If a task is ill defined-seek clarification (is that a one page summary or a ten page report?). If seemingly random alterations are asked in your deliverables, ask for the reasons and next time clarify these and similar points at the beginning. If the manager is difficult, try writing a small specification for each task before beginning it and have it agreed. While you can not tactfully hold your manager to this contract if he/she has a change of mind, it will at least cause him/her to consider the issues early on, before you waste your time on false assumptions.
The next stage of Personal Time Management is to start taking control of your time. The first problem is appointments. Start with a simple appointments diary. In this book you will have (or at least should have) a complete list of all your known appointments for the foreseeable future. If you have omitted your regular ones (since you remember them anyway) add them now.
Your appointments constitute your interaction with other people; they are the agreed interface between your activities and those of others; they are determined by external obligation. They often fill the diary. Now, be ruthless and eliminate the unnecessary. There may be committees where you can not productively contribute or where a subordinate might be (better) able to participate. There may be long lunches which could be better run as short conference calls. There may be interviews which last three times as long as necessary because they are scheduled for a whole hour. Eliminate the wastage starting today.
The next stage is to add to your diary lists of other, personal activity which will enhance your use of the available time. Consider, what is the most important type of activity to add to your diary? No:- stop reading for a moment and really, consider.
The single most important type of activity is those which will save you time: allocate time to save time, a stitch in time saves days. And most importantly of all, always allocate time to time management: at least five minutes each and every day.
For each appointment left in the diary, consider what actions you might take to ensure that no time is wasted: plan to avoid work by being prepared. Thus, if you are going to a meeting where you will be asked to comment on some report, allocate time to read it so avoiding delays in the meeting and increasing y0ur chances of making the right decision the first time. Consider what actions need to be done before AND what actions must be done to follow-up. Even if the latter is unclear before the event, you must still allocate time to review the outcome and to plan the resulting action. Simply mark in your diary the block of time necessary to do this and, when the time comes, do it.
The most daunting external appointments are deadlines: often, the handover of deliverables. Do you leave the work too late? Is there commonly a final panic towards the end? Are the last few hectic hours often marred by errors? If so, use Personal Time Management.
The basic idea is that your management of personal deadlines should be achieved with exactly the same techniques you would use in a large project:
Like most management ideas, this is common sense. Some people, however, refute it because in practice they find that it merely shows the lack of time for a project which must be done anyway. This is simply daft~ If simple project planning and time management show that the task can not be done, then it will not be done-but by knowing at the start, you have a chance to do something about it.
An impossible deadline affects not only your success but also that of others. Suppose a product is scheduled for release too soon because you agree to deliver too early. Marketing and Sales will prepare customers to expect the product showing why they really need it-but it will not arrive. The customers will be dissatisfied or even lost, the competition will have advanced warning, and all because you agreed to do the impossible.
You can avoid this type of problem. By practising time management, you will always have a clear understanding of how you spend your time and what time is unallocated. If a new task is thrust upon you, you can estimate whether it is practical. The project planning tells you how much time is needed and the time management tells you how much time is available.
There are four ways to deal with impossible deadlines:
•= State the position clearly so that your boss (and his/her boss) have fair warning
If this simple approach seems unrealistic, consider the alternative. If you have an imposed, but unobtainable, deadline and you accept it; then the outcome is your assured failure. Of course, there is a fifth option: move to a company with realistic schedules.
One defense tactic is to present your superior with a current list of your obligations indicating what impact the new task will have on these, and ask him/her to assign the priorities. "I can't do them all, which should I slip?" Another tactic is to keep a data base of your time estimates and the actual time taken by each task. This will quickly develop into source of valuable data and increase the accuracy of your planning predictions.
There is no reason why you should respond only to externally imposed deadlines. The slightly shoddy product which you hand-over after the last minute rush (and normally have returned for correction the following week) could easily have been polished if only an extra day had been available - so move your personal deadline forward and allow yourself the luxury of leisured review before the product is shipped.
Taking this a step further, the same sort of review might be applied to the product at each stage of its development so that errors and rework time are reduced. Thus by allocating time to quality review, you save time in rework; and this is all part of project planning supported and monitored by your time management.
Finally, for each activity you should estimate how much time it is worth and allocate only that amount. This critical appraisal may even suggest a different approach or method so that the time matches the task's importance. Beware of perfection, it takes too long-allocate time for "fitness for purpose", then stop.
Your Personal Time Management also effects other people, particularly your subordinates. Planning projects means not only allocating your time but also the distribution of tasks; and this should be done in the same planned, monitored and reviewed manner as your own scheduling.
Any delegated task should be specified with an (agreed) end date. As a Manager, you are responsible for ensuring that the tasks allocated to your subordinates are completed successfully. Thus you should ensure that each task is concluded with a deliverable (for instance, a memo to confirm completion)-you make an entry in your diary to check that this has arrived. Thus, if you agree the task for Tuesday, Wednesday should have an entry in your diary to check the deliverable. This simple device allows you to monitor progress and to initiate action as necessary.
Long term Objectives
There are many long term objectives which the good manager must achieve, particularly with regard to the development, support and motivation of his/her work-team. Long term objectives have the problem of being important but not urgent; they do not have deadlines, they are distant and remote. For this reason, it is all too easy to ignore them in favour of the urgent and immediate. Clearly a balance must be struck.
The beauty of Time Management is that the balance can be decided objectively (without influence from immediate deadlines) and self-imposed through the use of the diary. Simply, a manager might decide that one hour a week should be devoted to personnel issues and would then allocate a regular block of time to that activity. Of course if the factory is on fire, or World War III is declared, the manager may have to re-allocate this time in a particular week-but barring such crises, this time should then become sacrosanct and always applied to the same, designated purpose.
Similarly, time may be allocated to staff development and training. So if one afternoon a month is deemed to be a suitable allocation, then simply designate the second Thursday (say) of each month and delegate the choice of speakers. The actual time spend in managing this sort of long term objective is small, but without that deliberate planning it will not be achieved.
Once you have implemented Personal Time Management, it is worth using some of that control to augment your own career. Some quiet weekend, you should sketch out your own long term objectives and plan a route to them. As you would any long term objective allocate time to the necessary sub-tasks and monitor your progress. If you do not plan where you want to go, you are unlikely to get there. Concluding Remarks
Personal Time Management is a systematic application of common sense strategies. It requires little effort, yet it promotes efficient work practices by highlighting wastage and it leads to effective use of time by focusing it on your chosen activities. Personal Time Management does not solve your problems; it reveals them, and provides a structure to implement and monitor solutions. It enables you to take control of your own time- how you use it is then up to you.
People differ by nature, not only in their ability to perform a specific task but also in their will to do so. People with less ability but stronger will are able to perform better than people with superior ability and lack of will. Hard work is crucial to success and achievement. This belief was underscored by Albert Einstein when he said that "genius is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration." This "will" to do is known as motivation.
The force of motivation is a dynamic force setting a person into motion or action. The word motivation is derived from motive which is defined as an active form of a desire, craving or need which must be satisfied. All motives are directed towards goals and the needs and desires affect or change your behaviour which becomes goal oriented. For example, if you ordinarily do not want to work overtime, it is quite likely that at a particular time, you may need more money (desire) so you may change your behaviour, work overtime (goal oriented behaviour) and satisfy your needs.
Viteles1 defines motivation as follows:
"Motivation represents an unsatisfied need which creates a state of tension or disequilibrium, causing the individual to move in a goal directed pattern towards restoring a state of equilibrium, by satisfying the need."
Motivated people are in constant state of tension. This tension is relieved by drives towards an activity and outcome that is meant to reduce or relieve such tension. The greater the tension, the more activity will be needed to bring about relief and hence higher the motivation.
2. Sources of motivation
Experts in the organizational behaviour field have a divided opinion as to Whether workers are motivated by factors in the external environment such as rewards or fear or whether motivation is self generated without the application of external factors. It is quite well understood that under the same set of external factors all workers are not equally motivated. Some of these motivational sources are:
a) Positive Motivation: Positive motivation involves proper recognition of employee efforts and appreciation of employee contribution towards the organizational goal achievement. Such motivations improve the standards of performance, lead to good team spirit and pride, a sense of co-operation and a feeling of belonging and happiness. Some of the positive motivators are:
b) Negative or Fear Motivation: This motivation is based upon the use of force, power, fear and threats. The fear of punishment or unfavourable consequences affects the behavioural changes. Some examples of negative motivation include the fear of failing in the examination, and fear of being fired or demoted. Fear of failure in the examination induces motivation in many students to work harder and pass the course. Similarly, fear of being fired keeps the workers in line with the organizational rules and regulations as well as do a satisfactory job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com).
While the fear of punishment and actual punishment has resulted in controlling individual misbehaviour and has contributed towards positive performance in many situations and is necessary and useful in many other situations such as disciplining a child or handling a riot, it is not recommended or considered as a viable alternative in the current business and industrial environment. This is based upon the trend and changes in the workforce including higher level of employee education and extensive employee unionization.
However, punishment or fear of it is still the most common technique of behaviour modification or control in today's life. When a child misbehaves, he is still spanked. If a worker does not behave according to the way the organization wants him to behave, he is fired. If a person does not behave as the society and law wants him to behave, he is punished by arrest and jail. All religions threaten punishment in the life hereafter if a person does not behave according to God's and religious rules.
Does the punishment system work? Does it change behaviour? Does the prison system reform the criminal? Does spanking make a "good" child? This area has received considerable attention and has become highly controversial. It has been proposed that while punishment has immediate and short-term effect in affecting and changing behaviour, the long term effects are highly questionable. A driver who gets fined for running a red light where he is supposed to stop may vow never to do it again at that time, but as the time passes, he will do it again.
In the context of organizational behaviour, no worker likes to be criticized, or threatened with employment termination. Specifically, if the worker is punished for an occasional undesired behaviour, it will have a negative effect on his morale, make him bitter with a hostile state of mind, affecting negatively his social interaction as well as his sense of loyalty, perhaps resulting in poor performance and productivity and quality.
Extrinsic Motivation: This type of motivation is induced by external factors which are primarily financial in nature. It is based upon the assumption that the behaviour with results in positive rewards tends to be repeated. However, the reward for the desired behaviour should be sufficiently powerful and durable so that it improves the probability of occurrence of desirable behaviour. Money is probably the most important incentive for positive behaviour since money can be used for a number of other resources.
These financial incentives and rewards have been a subject of debate whether they really motivate the employees or simply move them to work and perform. These include higher pay, fringe benefits such as retirement plans, stock options, profit sharing scheme, paid vacation, health (Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)and medical insurance, sympathetic supervision and people oriented company policies.
Intrinsic Motivation: Intrinsic Motivation stems from feelings of achievement and accomplishment and is concerned with the state of self-actualization in which the satisfaction of accomplishing something worthwhile motivates the employee further so that this motivation is self-generated and is independent of financial rewards. For example, there are many retired doctors who work free in the hospital because it gives them a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Mother Teresa's work in the slums of Calcutta, India, not only motivates the people who work with her but also many others who simply hear about her work and then want to join the team. Similarly, Peace Corps workers work in uncomfortable environments at a minimal pay. Some of the intrinsic motivators and praise, recognition, responsibility, esteem, power, status, challenges and decision making responsibility.
Theories of Motivation
Maslow's Model: Maslow's "needs hierarchy theory" is probably the most widely used theory of motivation in organization. Abraham Maslow9 suggested that people have a complex set of exceptionally strong needs and the behaviour of individuals at a particular moment is usually determined by their strongest need. He developed his model of human motivation in 1943, based upon his own clinical experience and formulated his theory of hierarchical needs by asking the same question, "What is it that makes people behave the way they do?" and made a list of answers from which he developed a pattern. His theory is based upon two assumptions. First, that human beings have many needs that ar3e different in nature ranging from the biological needs at the lower level which is the level of survival, to psychological needs at the upper extreme which is the level of growth. Second that these needs occur in an order of hierarchy so that lower level needs must be satisfied before higher level needs arise or become motivators. Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian leader, once remarked that "even God cannot talk to a hungry man except in terms of food."10 Similarly, there is a quotation from the Holy Guru Granth sahib, the holy scripture of Sikhs in India when a holy man says to god. "Take your rosary beads away. I cannot worship and meditate on you when I am hungry." This means that if the people's basic needs which are biological in nature are unsatisfied, then their total attention will be focused upon these needs and it will not be possible to communicate with them about other matters.
This model of hierarchial needs explains human behaviour in a more dynamic and realistic manner and is primarily based upon people's inner states as a basis for motivation and the environmental conditions do not play any significant role. Maslow postulates five basic needs arranged in successive levels. These needs continue to change resulting in change in goals and activities. These five needs are arranged in the form of a pyramid as shown. The first three level needs at the bottom of the pyramic are known as "deficiency" needs, because they must be satisfied in order to ensure the individual's very existence and security and make him fundamentally comfortable. The top two sets of needs are termed "growth" needs because they are concerned with personal growth, development and realization of one's potential.
3 Social Needs
Deficiency Needs 2
1 Physiological needs
These needs are explained in detail as follows:
1. Physiological needs
The physiological needs form the foundation of the hierarchy and tend to have the highest strength in terms of motivation. These are primarily the needs arising out of physiological or biological
tension and they are there to sustain life itself and include the basic needs for food, water, shelter and sex. Sexual need and desire is not to be confused with love which is at the third level. Once these basic needs are satisfied to the degree needed for the sufficient and comfortable operation of the body, then the other levels of needs become important and start acting as motivators.
Security and Safety needs
Once the physiological needs are gratified, the safety and security needs become predominant. These are the needs for self-preservation as against physiological needs which are for survival. These needs include those of security, stability, freedom from anxiety and a structured and ordered environment. These safety and security needs are really provisions against deprivation of satisfaction of physiological needs in the future. It also involves a sense of protection against threats and danger of losing the job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) in the future. In a civilized society such as ours, a person is usually protected from threats of violence or extremes in climate or fear of material safety, so that the safety and security needs dwell upon economic and job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) security, life and medical insurance and other protective measures to safeguard the satisfaction of physiological needs in the future which may be unpredictable.
Love and social needs
After the needs of the body and security are satisfied, then a sense of belonging and acceptance becomes prominent in motivating behaviour. These needs include the needs for love, friendship, affection, and social interaction. We look for an environment where we are understood, respected and wanted. That is one reason for "polarization" where people of similar background and beliefs tend to group together. "Love thy neighbor" has perhaps a profound meaning.
This need for esteem is to attain recognition from others which would induce a feeling of self-worth and self-confidence in the individual. It is an urge for achievement, prestige, status and power. Self-respect is the internal recognition. The respect from others is the external recognition and an appreciation of one's individuality as well as his contribution. This would result in self-confidence, independence, status, reputation and prestige. People then would begin to feel that they are useful and have some positive effect on their surrounding environment.
This last need is the need to develop fully and to realize one's capacities and potentialities to the fullest extent possible, whatever these capacities and potentialities may be. This is the highest level of need in Maslow's hierarchy and is activated as a motivator when all other needs have been reasonably fulfilled. At this level, the person seeks challenging work assignments that allow for creativity and opportunities for personal growth and advancement.
This need is for soul searching and is inner-oriented. A self-actualized person is creative, independent, content, spontaneous and has a good perception of reality, and he is constantly striving to realize his full potential. Thus, "what a man 'can' be, 'must' be."
Maslow's model is a general model in which all needs interact with each other to some degree. Needs are not necessarily linear, nor is the order of needs so rigid. The relative dominance of many needs is variable and is continuously shifting. For example, a self-actualized person may shift his priority to social needs and love needs instead of prestige and status, if suddenly there occurs a vacuum due to loss of a loved one. Similarly, a person may not go to the higher need, even when his lower needs are satisfied. It is also likely that a well-prepared elite person may decide to enter a commune where there is overwhelming emphasis on love and affection rather than climb the corporate ladder.
Maslow's theory made management aware that people are motivated by a wide variety of needs and that management must provide an opportunity for the employees to satisfy these needs through creating a physical and conceptual work environment, so that people will be motivated to do their best to achieve organizational goals.
The first level needs in the hierarchy, physiological needs can be satisfied through such organizational efforts and incentives as adequate wages and salary, acceptable working conditions in order to improve comfort and avoid fatigue, more leisure time and acceptable work environment in terms of lighting, ventilation, rest rooms, working space, heat and noise level. Some bonuses and other fringe benefits will be highly motivational.
The second level needs of safety and security can be satisfied through management's initiative to provide life insurance, medical insurance, job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) security, cost of living increments, pension plans, freedom to unionize, and employee protection against automation. The economic security to some degree is provided by law in the form of minimum wages, unemployment benefits, and welfare benefits. Similarly, unions protect employees against discrimination and indiscriminate firing.
Since first level physiological needs and second level security needs are primarily met by business, industrial, societal and legal environment, management must take steps to satisfy higher level needs and must establish as to which of these needs are the stronger sources of motivation.
When the third level needs of love and affiliation become motivators, then people find an opportunity in their work environment for establishing friendly interpersonal relationships. The management can satisfy these needs by:
The fourth level needs of self esteem involve a feeling of satisfaction and achievement and recognition for such achievement. The management can take the following steps to satisfy these needs:
The fifth and top-level needs of self-actualization long for growth and creativity and the management can take the following steps to satisfy these needs:
Maslow believed that from the point of organizational behaviour the management should strive to create an organizational climate which motivates employees at all levels of organizational hierarchy. Research has established that top managers generally are more able to satisfy their higher level needs than lower level managers who have more routine job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s. Blue collar workers who have very little freedom over job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) operations may not even experience the higher level need.11
The ERG need theory, developed by Clayton Alderfer, is a refinement of Maslow's needs hierarchy.12 Instead of Maslow's five needs, ERG theory condenses these five needs into three needs. These three needs are those of Existence, Relatedness and Growth. The E, R and G are the initials for these needs.
1) Existence needs. These needs are roughly comparable to the physiological and safety needs of Maslow's model and are satisfied primarily by material incentives. They include all physiological needs of Maslow's model and such safety needs which are satisfied by financial and physical conditions rather than interpersonal relations. These include the needs for sustenance, shelter and physical and psychological safety from threats to people's existence and well-being.
2) Relatedness needs. Relatedness needs roughly correspond to social and esteem needs in Maslow's hierarchy. These needs are satisfied by personal relationships and social interaction with others. It involves open communication and honest exchange of thoughts and feelings with other organizational members.
3) Growth needs. These are the needs to develop and grow and reach the full potential that a person is capable of reaching. They are similar to Maslow's self-actualization needs. These needs are fulfilled by strong personal involvement in the organizational environment and look for new opportunities and challenges.
A rough similarity between ERG theory and Maslow's theory is as follows:
|Self-esteem (upper level)|
|Self-esteem (lower level)||Relatedness|
ERG theory differs from Maslow's theory in proposing that people may be motivated by more than one kind of need at the same time. While Maslow proposes that in the hierarchy of needs, a person will satisfy the lower level needs before he moves up to the next level of needs and will stay at that need until it is satisfied, ERG theory suggests that if a person is frustrated in satisfying his needs at a given level, he will move back to the lower level needs. For example, assume that a manager's existence needs are fully satisfied and he looks for more challenging tasks to satisfy his self-esteem needs. If his efforts are frustrated in meeting these challenges, he will move back to existence needs and may ask for more material benefits.
4. McClelland's Theory of Needs
Since the lower level needs in Maslow's model are generally satisfied by the business, societal and legal systems, they are no longer strong motivators. Studies conducted by Harvard psychologist David Mcclelland13 concluded that from the organizational behaviour point of view, the most prominent need is the need for achievement, power and affiliation. The primary motive is the "achievement motive" and is defined as a "desire to succeed in competitive situations based upon an established or pereived standard of excellence."
Individuals with a strong "need for achievement" (known as n Ach), ask for, accept and perform well in challenging tasks which require creativity, ingenuity and hard work. They are constantly preoccupied with a desire for improvement and look for situations in which successful outcomes are directly correlated with their efforts so that they can claim credit for success. They take moderate and calculated risks and prefer to get quick and precise feedback on their performance. They set more difficult but achievable goals for themselves because success with easily achievable goals hardly provides a sense of achievement: They desire greater pleasure and excitement from solving a complex problem than from financial incentives or simple praise.
The "need for power" (n Pow) is the desire to affect and control the behaviour of other people and to manipulate the surroundings. Power motivation when applied positively results in successful managers and leaders who prefer democratic style of leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com). Power motivation, applied negatively tends to create arrogant autocratic leadership(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com). The individuals who are high in "n Pow" are described by Litwin and Stringer 14 as follows:
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These individuals tend to be superior performers and show high degree of loyalty to the
organization. They are more mature, with a strong sense of justice and equity and are willing to
sacrifice their own self interests for the sake of organizational interests.
The "need for affiliation" (n Aff) is related to social needs and reflects a desire for friendly and warm relationships with others. Individuals tend to seek affiliation with others who have similar beliefs, backgrounds and outlook on life. This results in the formation of informal groups and informal organizations. It is evident in social circles also that people mix with people of their own kind. Individuals with high "n Aff" tend to get involved in job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s that require a high amount of interpersonal contacts and relations such as job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s in teaching and public relations. From organizational behaviour point of view, these individuals are highly motivated to perform better in situations where personal support and approval are tied to performance. They tend to avoid conflict and exhibit strong conformity to the wishes of their friends.
5. Herzberg's Two-Factor Theory
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The basic questions that were asked in the survey were the following two:
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1. Hygiene factors.
Hygiene factors do not motivate people. They simply prevent dissatisfaction and maintain status quo. They produce no growth but prevent loss. The absence of these factors leads to job(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) dissatisfaction. The elimination of dissatisfaction does not mean satisfaction and these factors simply maintain a "zero level of motivation." For example, if a person indicated "low pay" as a cause of dissatisfaction that would not necessarily identify "high pay" as a cause of dissatisfaction.
All the hygiene factors are designed to avoid damage to efficiency or morale and these are not expected to stimulate positive growth.
The word "hygiene" is taken from the medical field, where it means taking steps to maintain your health (Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)but no necessarily improve it. For example brushing your teeth helps prevent cavities but does not improve the condition of your teeth. Similarly, hygiene factors in this theory of motivation prevent decay but do not encourage growth.
Hawthorne experiments were highly conclusive in suggesting that improvements in working conditions or increments in financial benefits do not contribute to motivated performance. A new plant or upgraded facilities at a plant seldom motivate workers if the workers do not enjoy their work and these physical facilities are not substitute for employee feelings of recognition and achievement.
2. Motivational Factors
These factors have a positive influence on morale, satisfaction, efficiency and higher productivity.
Some of these factors are:
The Herzberg's two-factor model is tied in with Maslow's basic model in that Maslow is helpful in identifying needs and Herzberg provides us with directions and incentives that tend to satisfy these needs. Also, the hygiene factors in Herzberg's model satisfy the first three levels of Maslow's model of physiological needs, security and safety needs and social needs and the motivational factors satisfy the last two higher level needs of esteem and self-actualization.
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