Hey Managers, your employees aren’t machines! A little social encouragement might just increase productivity…

Here are some concepts from chapter 3 of Scott and Davis’ Organizations and Organizing.  Running your organization as a natural system can build social cohesion among participants and encourage everyone to work for the good of the company.

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The wal-mart effect on suppliers, employees, global trade

Wal-mart has been one of the most succesful companies in the United States; however, I believe that the company has lost its focus of social responsability. After reading the book Nickle and Dime, and having the author describe in great detail her working experience at Walmart, it seems like they are not valueing their employees effort, they have been outsourcing most of their products to reduces costs and increase the willingness to pay in their customers,  which has had a great effect on suppliers profits. Starting with employees, the firm has become too greddy and has slowly been turning away their employees who views it as selfish. As Barbara shared her experience, she seemed to have changed personalities noticing herself sadder, less motivated and angry at the situation and working conditions. It does not seem right that a person working at Wal-mart can not even afford a product there. Moving into suppliers and global trade, Wal-mart has had a great impact in these two aspects for outsorcing and trying to reduce costs. This has enhance global trade, transforming  from a world of separated states and national sovereignty to an integrated international community, in other words a global market. Wal-mart has made it possible to explore different forms of deals with its suppliers and their are bringing a greater variety of products into the market. Although it has had a positive effect on the global market, I think it should try to focus on active more social responsible and treating their employees more efficiently. Being one of the most wealthiest companies, they should show other companies how to treat well their workers since they are a prime example to them.

Whole Foods Eyes Discounts for Healthy Staff

A post in Freakonomics spurs conversation over the recent discount plan Whole Foods plans to offer its healthier employees.  John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods, has not been shy in expressing his own “health” based reforms to lower the cost of health care in the United States.  In August, he posted an op-ed entitled The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare that advocated moving towards individual empowerment and away from government control over health care.

Mackey then goes on to blame American citizens for our health care problems.  Self-inflicted poor health leads to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and obesity.  These diseases account for close to 70% of all health care spending.  Eating healthier will of course help counteract the high occurrences of these diseases, lower health care costs, and also promote shopping at Whole Foods.  Whole Foods is the largest organic and natural market in the U.S. and thus the health food headquarters for many Americans.  Continue reading

The (Feminist) Business Bloggers’ Lament

Gender composition has drastically changed in the last few decades. “In the 1940s women made up only about 20% of the workforce.  However, by 2004 more than 46% of all workers were women.” According to the blog businesswomen tend to feel intimidated when talking about fairness of equality between men and women. They feel that they cannot perform to their best ability and it has become a concern in the working environment. In diverse levels of analysis, the social psychological level plays a huge role in this matter. I believe that organizations should put a major emphasis in making all their employers feel comfortable with their co-workers. It is important to persist on gender equality so women can perform to their best capacity.

Am organization is greatly defined by the decisions it makes. There can be major difficulties by executing poor when co-workers do not feel comfortable in the environment. By ratifying the values, beliefs, and expectations that each person has in the organization, women could feel more empowered to perform better. It should not be gender that defines the effectiveness of a worker. Acting ethically, shaping the decisions the organization makes from differentiating right from wrong, should become the heart and soul of the company’s culture, and it can signify an immense difference between the success and failure of an organization.

Working Twice as Hard for Half the Money

Organizations are social structures created by individuals to support the collaborative pursuit of goals.  If the social structures are not maintained, then it is impossible for organizations to meet their goals.  Jessica Dickler’s article about disgruntled workers suggests that this is becoming a problem for many organizations during the economic recession.  One task that all organizations face is to induce its participants to contribute services in pursuit of their goals.  Members of an org will not do their work for free.  However, many companies are indeed forcing their employees to work for less.  As the recession limits companies’ profits and equity, employees are left with decreased salaries, benefits, and increased workloads.  Many orgs. are not able to compensate their participants as well as in the past and as a result, 19% of workers plan to find a new job this year (according to a study by Careerbuilder).

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