Effects of Organizational Climate

Effects of Organizational Climate
I study organization and organizational behavior in the academic sense and I would like to share what I learned during my research. Maybe it will be beneficial to a company owner or a manager in their business. Human relations is a process that is difficult to understand and manage. Therefore, academic research can provide great advantages to business administrators. In this article, I have tried to give some insights about organizational climate and its effects.
The organizational climate describes the psychological atmosphere that shapes the common perceptions, excitement and working environment of its members. Climate is a bit different from culture with what it means. Organizational culture is more permanent, longer-lasting. Organizational culture can be considered as a sub-dimension of social culture. In this sense, the culture of the organization is affected by the environment. The members of the organization shape the culture of the organization by carrying the cultural elements of the environment they live in. Organizational culture also governs organization and its members. In this context, culture is defined as a set of behaviors, norms, rules and other habits that causes mutual interaction.

In organizations, source of the culture comes from the founder's philosophy. As the firm grows, cultural criteria can be influenced and changed (Robbins and Judge, 2013: 517). Decisions made by senior management over time shape the climate. With the general acceptance of climate and socialization, culture is shaped, developed and changed. Thus, culture and climate are two important elements affecting each other in the organization.

Senior managers identify their overall climate with their decisions and actions by identifying what is acceptable behavior and what is not. The socialization of employees depends on the success level of new employees' matching with the founding values of the organization and the choice of socialization methods of the top management and all these processes create the climate (Robbins and Judge, 2013: 516). It should not be forgotten that top management is not just something that gives orders. The top management consists of people who affect each employee, direct them, motivate or demotivate them. In this sense, the management team affects the organization positively or negatively with their every movement and behavior. The most important thing of the affected is the climate in the organization.

If you worked with positive managers who inspired you or with an inanimate team of managers that killed your motivation, it means that you experienced effects of the climate. Organizational climate refers to the common perceptions of members of organizations about their organization and working environment. Culture in this sense is like a team spirit at an organizational level. When everyone has the same general feelings about what is important or how well things are working, the effect of these attitudes will be more than the sum of the individual parts (Robbins and Judge, 2013: 516).

An employee who is exposed to a positive climate will think about doing a better job and believe that others are supporting his or her own success. Anyone who finds a positive climate in terms of diversity will be more comfortable in working with their colleagues, independently of their demographic background (Robbins and Judge, 2013: 517).

Climates can interact with members of the organization to create new behavior. Climate can be used to motivate and direct workers. For example, in a positive climate, in an organization where there is an obvious climate of personal accountability, workers can be empowered and boosted to higher levels of performance (Robbins and Judge, 2013: 517).

Many studies have shown that a positive safety climate reduces the number of recorded accidents and injuries in organizations (Robbins and Judge, 2013: 517). The climate also affects people's habits. Individuals, who do not care safety issues generally, follow security procedures. In areas where work safety precautions are strict and serious, every employee will feel obliged to adhere to the rules.

The organization is considered as a living organism by most researchers. It is affected by the environment, and it also affects the environment. As an organization, companies are complete with their employees. They affect them and be affected by them. Therefore, employees in companies of positive climate will also have a positive outlook. This will increase performance and productivity.

Reference: Robbins, S. P.ve Judge, T. A. (2013). Organizational Behavior 15th Edition by Pearson Education, Inc., publishing as Prentice Hall New Jersey.

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