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Characteristics of High Performance Workplaces

Please help explain how high-performance workplaces and organizations differ from traditional organizations in terms of operational effectiveness, workplace stress, and organizational dynamics. I'll also need help compiling strategies for managing stress in the workplace

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High performance workplaces are those that achieve a high level of productivity, high quality production, while quickly and efficiency meeting demand for products or services. According to Walker (2000), organizations that are considered high performance embrace two aspects of management and structure that are different from traditional organizations. They are the employee flexibility and a decentralized decision making process. Employees are cross trained to step into a variety of roles, as needed in the organization. They are given decision making responsibilities, rather than relying solely on managers or supervisors to take command and request their orders to be fulfilled. This is the same philosophy that is said to be embraced by Nike CEO Phillip Knight, who "hires good people and shuffles them around" (Gall, 2005). "It is against Knight's nature to step in on his Managers decisions."

In such organizations, stress is reduced by allowing employees some say in the decision making ...

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This solution provides insight into how high performance workplaces are formed and how employees and management are able to overcome challenges to improve the various processes within the organization. The summary focuses on two key aspects of high performance, decentralization of decision making and autonomy or flexibility.