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Flat Organization Model (Employee Empowerment)

Describe methods for preparing employees at all levels for shifts in individual and group decision-making responsibility that come with the flat organizational model (1050-1400 words). Include:

a.What is the relationship between wellness and performance excellence?
b.What methods for coping with stress can an industrial/organizational psychologist suggest for all levels of employees?
c.How would change from a traditional organization hierarchy to a modern flat hierarchy affect the system dynamics of an organization?
d.Describe the relationship between wellness and self-actualization.

Include APA references.

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A CLASSICAL EXAMPLE & LIVE CASE - General Electric Co. USA

? Some years ago, in locations throughout GE, local managers were operating in an insulated environment with Chinese walls separating them, both horizontally and vertically, from other departments and their workforce. Employee questions, initiatives, and feedback were discouraged. In the new knowledge-driven economy, former CEO of GE, Jack Welch, "viewed this as anathema. He believed in creating an open collaborative workplace where everyone's opinion was welcome." He wrote in a letter to shareholders: "If you want to get the benefit of everything employees have, you've got to free them - make everybody a participant. Everybody has to know everything, so they can make the right decisions by themselves" (Subramanian, Venkatachalam & Jaiganesh, 2005).

a.What is the relationship between wellness and performance excellence?

Employee empowerment is one of the best ways to sustain, grow and win ober the cutting edge competition in this dynamic work world (Subramanian, Venkatachalam & Jaiganesh, 2005). Empowerment is "a core concept of the new management model. In the new-generation adaptive organization, delegation is replaced by empowerment and responsibility by ownership. Authority and responsibilities are formal aspects or organizing. They are based upon organizational properties and not individual capabilities. Empowerment and ownership are social aspects of organizing; they are based on efficacy and initiative, and not just on roles and requirements. They belong to people. make suggestions for improvement - you gain not just a part, but the full potential of their contributions to the business" (Subramanian, Venkatachalam & Jaiganesh, 2005).

In addition, wellness is a concept related to performance excellence. Wellness includes body and mind wholeness, which is linked to higher performance in the workplace. Many programs are aimed at linking body/mind wellness to achieve peak performance and personal excellence. One such program has the following components:

1. Knowing what you want: Clarification of a person's life's purpose and operationalizing personal priorities.

2. Developing and maintaining purpose driven time management system.

3. Maximizing a person's body's potential through specific wellness skills training.
o Development and maintenance of an integrated fitness routine that flows from your core values and life's purpose.
o An integrated balanced fitness training program: aerobic, strength and flexibility training that fits into one's lifestyle and achieves goals.
o Structured psychophysiological restoration and recovery training: learn skills of physical recovery which are measured by psychophysiological parameters.
o Knowing one's body type and achieving and maintaining ideal health weight.

4. Maximizing the mind's potential through specific wellness skills training.
o Contemplative meditation: Development and maintenance of a calm and compassionate mental orientation, which eliminates fear and irrational desires that often form barriers to realized success and peace of mind.
o Discovering and drawing from core energy values which in turn form the basis of personal drive towards success and true happiness.
o Mind body restoration and healing through contemplative meditation and manifestation. (Mind Body Wellness Peak Performance. 2006)

b.What methods for coping with stress can an industrial/organizational psychologist suggest for all levels of employees?

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Solution Summary

By addressing each question, this solution describes methods for preparing employees at all levels for shifts in individual and group decision-making responsibility that come with the flat organizational model. References in APA format.

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