What is Organizational Development?

What is Organizational Development?

Organizational Development can be defined as a continuous process that helps an organization to enhance their abilities to perform and keep soaring high to achieve even better. It is important to ensure growth with respect to an entity as an organization as well as its manpower.

What are the factors that stimulate successful Organizational Development?

Effective Communication

The flow of communication is a major factor that influences organizational growth. Transparency and clarity in communication at different levels of an organization ensures smooth workflow

and a common vision and goal for all the employees as well as the employer.

Functional Services

Role of Stakeholders

Stakeholders play a pivotal role in the organization’s growth since they are involved in planning, bringing in changes and in decision making for the company. They are mostly involved in the crucial business prerogatives and can influence the flow of a business.

Implementation of Plans

It is equally important to implement a change as it is to plan. Proper execution of a plan ensures its success and brings in the desired growth. It is necessary to review the progress until results are derived from the same.

Approach towards Resistance

To understand the level of resistance while implementing a plan or a change and to be prepared to manage and minimize the same so as to bring in the change is a major step to be taken.

Systems Thinking in Organizational Development

Systems thinking helps to unite the thoughts so as to enable an organization to handle complex situations and deliver a unified output.

  • To keep in mind the individual intension and ability of employees to work together towards a common goal with the help of aids and guidance provided by the organization. Performance will only be effective with organizational efficacy.
  • Understanding internal and external matters in a constantly changing environment can only make an organization sustainable.
  • To instill group-work while assigned a task.

Role of Training and Development in Organizational Development

Training and development are a significant part of organizational development. Training enables an employee to expand his skill set and bring in better results. Planning training programs that co-relate with an upcoming change or development in the organization helps the employees to connect well and performance gets aligned.

Things to keep in mind while developing a training program

Training programs should be aimed keeping in mind that they have clearly identified objectives so as to derive the desired outcome from the same. There should be proper analyzation of skills before and after training to measure the effectiveness of a training done. There should be set of protocols for the trainees who attend the training.

How can you measure the success of a Training Program?

The success of a training program can effectively be measured by analyzing the improvement in desired skill for attendees. Proper implementation of the training in workplace is also a crucial determiner. Attendees can be asked to assess the training with respect to the objectives set and the result obtained. Above all a feedback from the entrusted representative on the training or a documented evaluation of the training can also help in understanding the effectiveness of a training program.

Post Training Measures

An organization should have set measures to follow up with a training program to achieve best results from a training done. Indicators showing improvement in skill and knowledge on the training topic as well as implementation of the techniques learnt are few such measures that ensure fulfillment of the objective. There must be identified leads to analyze the above measures. For example : accuracy of cost and schedule estimates; schedule performance; budget performance; quality measures; cycle times; team performance, etc.

Qualities of an Effective Training Program

Certain criteria should be kept in mind before designing a program.

  • The outcome should be measurable and lead to achievement of desired objective
  • Attendees must be individually responsible for said outcome
  • Proper supervision of planning, execution and implementation of a training
  • Clarity and transparency of objectives to achieve desired goal
  • It must be interesting to participate, supervise and manage
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