Success at work: The study of organisational behaviour

In today’s ever-changing workplace, the study of organisational behaviour is an invaluable tool. Many of us find ourselves working in environments where we interact with 30 or more people from a variety of ages and educational backgrounds, each possessing different cultural values.


This can mean success or failure in your career, depending on how well you understand and adapt to the culture of your workplace. When it comes to working success, having knowledge about organisational processes and employee behaviours can make all the difference - allowing you to identify which strategies are most effective for creating an optimal work environment.

In this article, I will delve into the power that understanding our workplace culture brings us – giving psychotherapy clients practical tips on navigating complex organisational systems by looking beyond surface-level interaction protocols. I hope that this resource will be motivational as well as inspiring, helping readers take control over their own career progression.

What is organisational behaviour?

Organisational behaviour is a complex field that seeks to understand how people and groups of people interact within an organisational setting. This understanding is critical for anyone looking to enter the workforce, as it allows for a better comprehension of the corporate culture, dynamics, and necessary processes for success in any given workplace.

Not only does understanding organisational behaviour allow one to determine what type of working environment works best for them - it can also provide insight into the best ways to lead team members and be a part of effective teams. To become successful in the working world, an appreciation and competence with organisational behaviour are essential.

The four key elements of organisational behaviour

Working successfully as part of an organisation requires both soft skills and hard skills. A key aspect of organisational behaviour is understanding the four core elements: communication, coordination, commitment and collaboration.

Communication involves clearly sharing goals and expectations across the workplace, while coordination is essential to effective decision-making and aligning with strategy. Commitment enables the team to stick together during tough moments, so developing a culture of trust is paramount for positive outcomes.

Finally, collaboration allows the organisation to centre on their collective achievements and be inspired by its brilliance. When combined together, these four cornerstones provide teams with a strong foundation from which to succeed.

Understanding organisational culture and how it impacts workplace dynamics

Understanding the culture of an organisation is key to achieving work success. It's important to recognise the different types of behaviour that are accepted and expected by the company or team. Knowing how organisational culture can shape workplace dynamics is critical to achieving effective communication and collaboration. It also helps employees understand their own values compared to those of their manager, which can guide interactions and effective decision-making.

A thorough understanding of organisational culture will benefit workers in mutually supportive and successful relationships, allowing them to take ownership of their roles and grow as professionals.

How individual behaviour affects overall team performance

When it comes to achieving success as a team, individual behaviour plays an important role. Each person's involvement and attitude have a direct impact on the end result. It is essential that every member of the team is focused and committed to the successful completion of their tasks.

Collaboration and communication are essential to ensure everyone is aware of what is expected of them as well as any updates or changes in processes along the way. Through setting goals, working together, maintaining a positive attitude and offering support, individuals can help to create a unified approach which ultimately leads to improved performance across the board and greater work success.

Strategies for increasing workplace productivity and success

The key to increased productivity and success in the workplace is having a comprehensive set of strategies in place. This involves crafting a plan that takes into account all elements of the business, such as employee motivation and task organisation. Employees should be encouraged to strive for excellence by offering rewards for great performance, and their roles should be clearly delineated in order to make sure everyone knows their duties and responsibilities.

Scheduling regular meetings with staff can also help foster an environment of open communication, allowing employees to voice any concerns or suggestions they may have that could improve efficiency at work. Careful planning and effective implementation are essential for achieving successful results in the workplace.

The impact of change on organisational behaviour, and how to handle it effectively

Change has always been a constant in organisational behaviour, and it's crucial to handle it effectively. Even small changes can have tremendous effects on the entire organisation, ranging from increased productivity to entirely new ways of doing business.

For this reason, it's important to recognise the potential impact of change and develop strategies to manage it accordingly. Such strategies should include providing ample opportunities for discussion amongst employees, solidifying clear solutions that everyone agrees upon, and maintaining open lines of communication between all stakeholders so everyone is on the same page. When handled well, change can be an incredibly powerful tool for work success.

Overall, it pays to be proactive in understanding organisational behaviour and its various elements. Having an appreciation of the diverse behaviours and dynamics that drive workplace success can help shape the right behaviour for us to succeed. Effective organisational behaviour not only works towards increased productivity but will also help build strong relationships and create a positive work environment.

We must be mindful of the fact that change is inevitable, however, we can conflict such changes with the principles of organisational behaviour. To do this effectively we must foster curiosity in others, embrace change, stay attuned to our teams’ needs and be consistent in applying the four key elements discussed in this blog post-organisational structure, diversity, motivation, and learning. With these tactics in mind, any organisation has the potential for exceptional performance that continues to last.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Counselling Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Epsom, Surrey, KT17
Written by Karina Godwin
Epsom, Surrey, KT17
I work with various mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, loneliness, grief, ageing, culture, identity, and relationships.

Being an integrative psychotherapist means I will tailor our sessions to your needs and draw from various approaches. Get in touch.

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