The 4 Main Workforce Trends That We Are Facing Today

It comes as no surprise that in the last 50 years a lot has changed around the world, and with that a lot has changed in the workplaces within organisations around the world. Without these changes, growth wouldn’t have happen and on the more negative side, the market crashes wouldn’t had happened.

Yet through the thick and thin, change is important within the world and organisations. It is needed to keep us thinking, keep us on our toes and keep us growing.

In this article, the first for the My Organisational Behaviour Blog, we will explore the eight main … Read more...

3 Reasons Why Culture is So Important within Organisations

Culture comes up a lot in business and organisations, especially in the academic side around the subject. Despite this though, many people are ok with just accepting a business culture and going along with it, believing that once a culture has come into play, it can’t be changed.
Culture is one of the main reasons that companies fail. Even with a great idea, a culture can cripple an organisation from the inside out.
In today’s article, I would like to discuss the 5 reasons why culture is so important.

Having the Right People

It can take years to acquire a … Read more...

Performance Management

Performance Management Definition: Helps to contribute to the effectiveness of the management of individuals and teams in an organisation, as to to help with the performance of the organisation. To achieve this it needs to be made that everyone shares the same understanding of objectives and targets.

The ‘Big Idea’ (Purcell, 2003)

From some research which was carried out at the University of Bath, Purcell et al found that organisations who shared a common goal, as in all of the individuals shared the same beliefs, then the company would do better. This was known as the ‘Big Idea’. This could … Read more...

Conducting the Appraisal Interview

Appraisal Definition: An appraisal is the act of assessing an employee or a member of a team. These are normally taken place within an interview and are a terms of analysing the performance of that employee. From the analysis employees are normally given advice on how to improve, which they can use to make aims and objectives to build upon until the next appraisal interview occurs.


Step 1: Prepare

Preparing for the interview is very important, having a prepared interviewer will make the interviewee more confident that the review of their performance is being done properly and this in turn … Read more...

How to Approach an Appraisal

There are 6 main steps to approaching an appraisal situation, these are outlined below in bold, the extra text are some notes to help understand what to do and what not to do.

Starting the Appraisal

  • Good News First Vs. Bad News First
  • Handling the Bad News – Criticising
  • Make sure to note what they did well, adding confidence, but including the criticism
  • Set objectives and ways the person can improve, so that they have something good to take from it
  • Make the person think about themselves and work out the problem. If they understand what is wrong with
Read more...

Appraisals and Performance Management

Appraisal Definition: An appraisal is the act of assessing an employee or a member of a team. These are normally taken place within an interview and are a terms of analysing the performance of that employee. From the analysis employees are normally given advice on how to improve, which they can use to make aims and objectives to build upon until the next appraisal interview occurs.
Performance Management Definition: To keep an organisation working as effectively and as efficiently as possible, performance management is used. It is a process where expectation and objectives are set by both the employee Read more...

Task Culture

Culture Definition: Cultures in organisation is defined by how the organisation is run, how the personalities within the organisation interact with each other and also how the structure of the company is set out.
Task Culture Definition: This culture doesn’t follow the others, as instead of having a Greek symbol; it follows the picture of a net, with some being stronger than others, showing leaders and more influential people within the organisation. Another name this goes by is the matrix structure, which you may have seen in Business Studies.
This culture is all about getting the right people together and Read more...

Path-Goal Theory

Leadership Definition: Leadership is the building of motivation through individuals in aid of reaching a certain set of objectives. A good leader is someone who can lead to good results, by using what he has in the best was possible.
Path-Goal Theory Definition: This theory shows that a leader needs to increase employees motivation by making sure that they know there is a path to achieve what they want to achieve. This theory has two main points; the leaders’ behaviour and also the use of rewards to meet subordinates needs. This theory goes against Fiedler’s as the Path-goal theory suggests … Read more...

Situational Theory

Leadership Definition: Leadership Definition: Leadership is the building of motivation through individuals in aid of reaching a certain set of objectives. A good leader is someone who can lead to good results, by using what he has in the best way possible.
Situational Theory Definition: This theory looks into the characteristics of people working under a leader to find out what kind of behaviour that leader has. The whole point of this theory was to show that different leadership styles are needed for different employers. If skills are lower, then a different leadership style will need to be undertaken … Read more...