Organizational Productivity by Harnessing the Strength...

Organizational Productivity by Harnessing the Strength  Effective organizational management achieves the productivity by harnessing the strengths available in the organization (Fig 1). It is aware that it cannot build on weaknesses. To achieve results, it has to use all types of the available strengths in the organization which include the strengths of the non-executives, the strengths of the executives, and its own strengths. These strengths are the true opportunities. After all, the unique purpose of the organization is to make strength productive. It cannot, of course, overcome the weaknesses with which the organizational employees are generally having with them, but it can always make these weaknesses irrelevant. It is to strive for using the strength of each employee as a building block for the enhancement of the organizational productivity. Fig 1 Organizational productivity by harnessing the strength The major area in which the effective management encounters the challenge of strength is in its function of staffing. The effective management fills positions and promotes people on the basis of what the employee can do. It does not make staffing decisions to minimize the weaknesses of the organization but to maximize the strengths. Such management makes effective appointments since it selects people for their tested abilities and not for the absence of a weakness. It staffs people for their strengths though they may have weaknesses which are to be ignored. The people having narrow but very great strength normally bring success to the organization. If the management tries to place a person or staff the organization to avoid weakness then it ends up at best with mediocrity. The idea that there are ‘well-rounded’ people, people who have only strengths and no weaknesses (whether the term used is the ‘complete man’, ‘mature personality’, ‘well-adjusted personality’, or ‘generalist’)...

Staffing – A Function of Management...

Staffing – A Function of Management Staffing is a critical organizational function which consists of the process of acquiring, deploying, and retaining a workforce of sufficient quantity and quality to create positive impacts on the effectiveness of the organization.  It is one of the significant functions of the management. In an organization, it is the people which carry out the various jobs which are needed for its functioning. They are the most important resource of the organization. They supply the talent, skills, knowledge, and experience to achieve the organizational goals and objectives. In fact the performance of the organization largely depends on the quality of its people. Hence the staffing function of the management is an important function and it involves in the building of the organizational workforce. In staffing, the management is faced with the challenge of not only finding the right person for each job but also to match the personnel with the jobs identified and to provide for their long-range growth and welfare as members of the organization. Staffing is that part of the process of management which is concerned with acquiring, developing, employing, appraising, remunerating and retaining people so that right type of people are available at the right positions and at the right time in the organization. In the simplest terms, staffing in management is ‘putting people to jobs’. Staffing apparently cannot be done once and for all, since people are frequently leaving, getting fired, and retiring. Often too, the transformations in the organization generate new positions, and these must be filled. In fact, the process of staffing is also the never-ending process in the organization. The first step in the process of staffing is to understand the job requirements. It is concerned with determining two aspects namely (i)...

Coordinating – A Management Function...

Coordinating – A Management Function  In every organization, different types of work are performed by various departments and work groups and no single department or work group on its own can be expected to achieve the goals of the organization as a whole. Hence, it becomes essential that the activities of different departments and work groups of the organization are harmonized. This function of management is known as ‘coordinating’ function. It ensures unity of action among individuals, work groups and departments, and brings harmony in carrying out the different activities and tasks so as to achieve the organizational goals efficiently. The concept of coordinating always applies to group efforts. There is no need for coordination when only single individual is working. In other words, coordinating function is the orderly arrangement of individual and group efforts to provide unity of action in the pursuit of a common goal. In an organization, all the departments must operate in an integrated manner so that the organizational goals are duly achieved. Coordinating function involves synchronization of different efforts of the various departments so that the planned objectives are achieved with minimum conflict. The significance of coordinating as a function of management mainly arises from the fact that work performed by different departments and groups form integral part of the total work for which the organization exists. Without harmonized effort or unity of action, achievement of goals in some departments may run counter to that of the other departments, or the timing of achievements may not match properly. The coordinating function of the management prevents overlapping and conflict so that the unity of action is achieved. Coordinating function of the management consists of inter-relating the various parts of the work as well as the work of different departments. It...