Essay on Organizational Development: Reflection on Learning

1289 Words May 6th, 2016 6 Pages
Organization Development (OD) is a deliberately planned, organization-wide effort to increase an organization's effectiveness and/or efficiency, and/or to enable the organization to achieve its strategic goals (2015, Wikipedia).

The understanding I now have of Organization Development came at a point in which I was personally experiencing it myself. As someone who has undergone a reduction in work force, this course helped me better understand why transitions happen in a company that is going through an economical or global change. As someone who has worked for over 30 years, I experienced this for the first time ever in my life. I did not quite know the gest of what it all meant because I did not have an understanding regarding
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People are very reluctant to change and that is due to the lack of competence. Many people fear change and believe that if it is not broken then why fix it. This mentality has been a hindrance for many to move forward with change. I believe that once a person has a clear understanding of change and how it could improve the work process, it could give them a better handle on the bigger picture. We are living in a world that people are forced to change due to market conditions, globalization and organizational growth.

The most vital point of this class that stands out is when we had to take a self-assessment survey regarding resistance to change. This survey helped me better understand myself as well as others who oftentimes resist change. I realized this when my job went through their first reduction in force and many departments were disassembled and people had to be repositioned to another division. With that, many employees had to learn something new and do assignments they had never done before. I personally had to go to a different department to become familiar with a totally new group of people. When the instructor talked about resistance to change, I was able to have a clearer understanding about why people resist change. The primary reasons are that people want to know what will the specific change include and will it involve restructuring, consolidating, or changing a project. People are

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