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Organizational Behavior Trends Florence Samatra MGT 331 Gary Denney May 6, 2007 Abstract The organizational environment has a powerful influence on employee behavior. Many of our responses are automatic: we drive with effortless attention to the road and lights; we take notes in class without thinking about how to write. In the long term the frequency of these behaviors may depend on the consequences (the payoffs for driving or writing), but at any one moment it is primarily the stimuli in the environment that control our behavior. This paper will focus on how the following two trends that influence the employee behavior in the workplace: 1) the influence of ethics on decision-making 2) the impact of technology on work-related stress. Organizational Behavior Trends The behavior patterns and beliefs that shape an organization's culture have the profound ability to enable or prevent the company from achieving its strategic objectives. By becoming clear about the kind of culture that supports the organization's vision and business strategy, the organization will have the ability to target culture change efforts in order to align its organization's culture to achieve strategic success. ...read more.


If an organization fails to teach organizational ethics to its employees, then it will be difficult for the employees to understand the company's beliefs. There must be consistent modeling from the top, through the actions and words of board members and executive staff. There must be encouragement for staff to speak up if they observe unethical behavior among colleagues. There must be opportunities for safe and open discussion of ethical questions and issues. Such an organizational culture lowers the barriers to ethical decision-making and permeates all aspects of operation. One of the critical factors in understanding a corporate culture is the degree to which it is leader-centric. A leader's effectiveness is, in part, measured by his/her ability to influence the activities of their subordinates. Leaders are more likely to be effective in influencing their subordinates towards the department's vision when they understand and exemplify the organization's values. Strategic leaders must understand that their actions, more than words alone, will determine the operating values in the organization. Another factor that is associated with, and may affect ethical decisions, and the behavioral intentions of individuals is when faced with ethical decisions involving technology. ...read more.


While it appears unethical, David Williamson notes that Euryn Williams advises, "One of the worst things a company can do is to forbid employees to surf the web for leisure" (9). Williamson further notes that a survey of U.S. employees "who had access to the Internet both at work and at home surfed the web for 3.7 hours per week in the office, but compensated for that by spending 5.9 hours of their leisure time on work-related projects" (9). From luxury to accessory, technology has now become a necessity in the workplace. We are living in a digital world and our lifestyles have changed; and unethical is not utilizing such advancement. On a final note, David Williamson again quotes Euryn Williams, "It's about seeing the technology as an opportunity rather than a threat" (9). Reference: University of Phoenix. (8th Ed.). Organizational behavior [University of Phoenix Custom Edition e-text]. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2003. University of Phoenix, Resource, MGT/331 - Organizational Behavior Web site: https://mycampus.phoenix.edu/secure/resource/resource.asp Jamieson, D., & O'Mara, J. (1991). Managing workforce 2000: Gaining the diversity advantage. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Williamson, David. "Workplace Depression Blamed on IT Stress." Western Mail. 452.80 (2003): 9. Proquest. University of Phoenix Online Collection. 10 Jan 2005. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Organizational Behavior Trends ...read more.

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