What’s Organization Development
What’s Organization Development?
Organizational development (OD) is a complex strategy intended to change the beliefs, attitudes, values, and structure of organizations so that they can better adapt to new technologies, markets, and challenges.
OD is not just “anything done to better an organization”; it is a particular kind of change process designed to bring about a particular kind of result. OD involves organizational reflection, system improvement, planning, and self-analysis.
During organizational consultation, the intervention process is carefully planned and implemented to benefit your organization, its employees, and its primary stakeholders.
OD differs from traditional consulting because your involvement is encouraged throughout the entire process. The ways in which people communicate and work together are addressed concurrently with technical or procedural issues that need resolution.
Profitability, productivity, morale, and quality of work life are of concern to most organizations because they affect achievement of organization goals. There is an increasing trend to maximize an organization’s investment in its employees.
Organizations need to “work smarter” and apply creative ideas in order to be effective at achieving strategic goals.
In addition, the work force continues to change. Employees expect challenge, recognition, a sense of accomplishment, worthwhile tasks, and meaningful relationships with their managers and co-workers.
Younger generations bring new perspectives to the workforce as well. When these needs are not met, productivity suffers.
OD Department essential Functions:
- Directs the needs assessment for training and staff development to enhance the effectiveness of employee performance in achieving the goals and objectives of the company.
- Identifies/incorporates best practices and lessons learned into program plans.
- Provides a broad range of consultative services to all levels of employees regarding policies and procedures. Facilitates communication among employees and management. May guide managers and employees on problem solving, dispute resolution, regulatory compliance and litigation avoidance.
- Provides expertise in strategy development and execution, planning, and facilitation of employee relations efforts.
- Assists with planning, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of labor relations, employee relations, equal employment opportunity, diversity, and compensation programs.
- Consults with management and employees on equal employment opportunity issues and charges.
- Designs and develops HR training programs for management and employees. Develops and maintains instructional programs.
- Develops learning activities, audio-visual materials, instructor guides, and lesson plans.
- Reviews evaluations of training courses, objectives, and accomplishments.
- Makes assessments of effectiveness of training in terms of employee accomplishments and performance.
- Trains employees on HR issues and practices. Presents course materials.
- Consults with management on performance, organizational, and leadership matters.
- Conducts needs assessments to determine measures required to enhance employee job performance and overall company performance.