“An empowered organization is the one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.” – Sean Covey.
What are organizational development interventions?
Organizational development interventions are planned activities, like a set of building blocks, which are designed for improving the functioning of the organization by the active participation of its employees. For an organization it is important to choose the right intervention. The selection of these tools helps in defining the direction of the workshops. These interventions are designed to solve several problems or for achieving certain goals, but what are the various interventions an organization can opt for?
Team Building or Bonding
Team building is a Human Process-based intervention. Just like the individuals, no team is perfect. They also face several problems while working together both internally as well as externally. When facing internal problems, the group can become dysfunctional.
The team building interventions include:
- Understanding the other people and their personal need
- Setting up of ground rules for the team
- Making a vision to work upon
- Dividing the roles of the members of the team
- Explaining how to improve the performance of the team
Strategic interventions are and should be implemented throughout the organization to bring about a change in the business strategy, structure of the organization and the culture of the organization. Strategic planning may also include mergers. Unfortunately, organizations conduct strategic interventions only at the very senior leadership levels. this approach may alienate the rest of the organization from the strategic process and deprive the organization of new ideas. Strategic interventions should encompass all levels of the organization.
The interventions which can be helpful include:
- Making future plans within which the team has to operate
- Redefining the roles of the employees and the vision of the team
- Identifying the gaps in the team performance and filling it with new strategies
- Harnessing the strengths of the team members to create new opportunities
Organizational Culture Change
These interventions help organizations in developing their own unique culture. Analyzing the changes in the external environment to understand how the people need to change their set of beliefs, skills, attitude and their behavior to succeed.
Some interventions which might be helpful include:
- Creating new values for the organization
- Role plays of the new value can help everyone understand these new values
- Help the managers and other employees in understanding the beliefs to be adopted in the pacing world.
Energy and Motivation
Working in an organization with a team of varied personality types and behaviors, the team as well as the managers might feel stressed. They might get frustrated and begin to complain about many aspects of the organization. Lack of energy demotivates the people to such an extent that they might want to even leave the organization.
To find this lost energy of the team, a few interventions might be helpful:
- Identification of their problem
- Help the employees in overcoming their fear and motivate them towards the right path
- Outbound interventions to rejuvenate the teams