What is Organisational Development?
Organisational Development (OD) aligns structural, cultural and strategic realities of working life to facilitate organisational success. Within the ever-evolving business climate, organisational development places people at the heart of the process by adopting a holistic and humanistic approach to help an organisation succeed.
Why is it so important?
Driving an organisation forward within a new business climate requires specialist expertise that take into account the big picture. Organisational development values human potential and the participation of employees to devise systemic changes across a range of stakeholders. Appropriate stakeholders key in directly shaping change are onboarded to the new path of action to ensure strategic steps are understood and implementation is maximised.
By taking into consideration that there are obvious changes required (strategic direction, product development, business objectives, structural), organisational development also identifies hidden elements of business culture and how to optimise change for long-term sustainable success.
Benefits of Organisational Development
Through its flexible and adaptive approach, organisational development highlights innovation and the fluidity of the market to realise bottom line benefits from creativity.
Continuous improvement cycle from strategy, to implementation, evaluation and future change
Increased communication throughout an organisation
Aligning employees to shared values and receiving employee feedback to create change
Increased organisational effectiveness through employee development and engagement
Increased innovation through effective market analysis to make strategic decisions
Improved profit by increased productivity and creativity
Minimised staff turnover
Creation of an open culture that is adept and adapts to ongoing change
Skills required for Organisational Development
Design systems to facilitate trust
Assess a company's overall vision and approach to leadership
Redesign organisational processes to identify quantifiable improvements
The Future of Organisational Development
Scale and complexity has evolved the role of organisational development within a business. Continuous changes within the business economy influence the way in which businesses are require to be structured and the investment that can be committed to delivering successful change.