Organisational Development

Organisational Development

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.

Benefits include:
  • 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

  • Cost reduction

  • Minimised staff turnover

  • Creation of an open culture that is adept and adapts to ongoing change

Skills required for Organisational Development

  • People skills

  • Strategic Management

  • 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.

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