“How to partake in Halloween at work when Halloween really is not your thing…” -The Imperfect Org

Halloween is a very versatile day for many people, for many different reasons.  As a result there are various comfort levels and it’s difficult to know how to capture and celebrate the holiday without offending someone within the workplace.
With that said please take a look at a few harmless ideas that I believe can be incorporated into a corporate/team atmosphere if going all “spooky” is not your thing.
Painting PumpkinsI found this lovely pic on Pinterest. It can be fun, creative, and a safe way to honor everyone’s belief without going too far.
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Watch a Charlie Brown Halloween special as a groupI mean who doesn’t love Charlie Brown!
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Become a judge in the costume contest to avoid dressing up

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Bring Halloween candies or treats for your team
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Participate in team building games
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Plan a Potluck! (For those who are not germophobe’s : )
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Have a team lunch outing to see others dressed up on Halloween
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And if all of these suggestions do not appeal to you, and causes you to think that doing any of them will have you more involved in Halloween than you care to be…
Take a vacation day and stay home from work for a movie day or night
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Happy Yom Kippur! -The Imperfect Org!

To increase one’s individual and organizational understanding of different cultures we have in this blog posted a link to information regarding Yom Kippur. This is an important holiday in the Jewish religion and to employees in your organization of the Jewish faith may have observations and cultural mores that will need attending to!

Therefore to not only recognize these employees of the Jewish faith which in turn increases Organizational morale but also the knowledge of the other stakeholders in the organization to the practices of the coworkers. Not only for HR reasons, but also to make sure the individuals feel a part of the organization’s community at large.

Please check out this information on history.com about Yom Kippur!

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/yom-kippur-history

Happy Labor day from The Imperfect Org!

Happy Labor day everyone!  Today we celebrate the worker by… getting the day off!!  I hope everyone enjoys this time (if you are off today) with family and/or friends or maybe just hanging out by yourself!

In Organizational Development this would be the time for that transition time from the 3rd to 4th quarter sprint in which we would be analyzing data from special projects and tallying it for corporate consumption in order to gain approval for those projects in the following year.

As we stated before on the Fourth of July:

“Tomorrow is another day, another opportunity to come back and face all the issues that challenge us and our organization.”

Today is the day of the worker, the employee, and an established way to show appreciation to all the contributions given by workers on a daily basis. Something that is still forgotten by many organizations presently, however, we are lucky in The United States that the government was pushed to recognize the employee and create this holiday. Maybe from an Organization Development perspective, we can push organizations that we assist, maybe, to create a “Labor day” of their own, and take a day outside the regular calendar and organizational schedule  to show their employees how much they are appreciated. Good idea?

Well, anyway from everyone at The Imperfect organization… Happy Labor day!

If you want to know more about the true meaning of Labor day where is a site (from the Department of Labor/US government) that explains it more:

Happy Fourth of July from The Imperfect Org!

Just a really quick Happy Fourth of July to everyone!  Hopefully, this is a day off for you, a time to regroup from the toils of your organization and the organizational development process as it is for me!

Tomorrow is another day, another opportunity to come back and face all the issues that challenge us and our organization.

So please enjoy today, the 4th of July that so many men and women gave (and are still giving) their lives for this country! That we may have the chance, the freedom to appreciate time with loved ones or even the opportunity to regroup, today by ourselves.

So from everyone here Happy 4th of July!

“Lead your staff to a new organizational culture!” -The Imperfect Org

In this article “Lead your staff to a new organizational culture!” by Marcella Bremer talks about managers acting as leaders in an organizational culture, and turning into transitioning into three different roles as a manager:

  1. Mentor
  2. Facilitator
  3. People-oriented leaders

The article lists various strategies for the manager to follow to become the type of leader that an organization’s employees need. The article also briefly discusses the use of the Clan Culture concept and focus upon the employees by the manager.

How to manage conflict, bridge performance gaps effectively and engaging employees are significant challenges that managers face but creating culture change is even more of a challenge. This article will give the reader, the manager, a starting point to begin this arduous and tasking process.

For more information regarding this topic just click on the link:

http://www.ocai-online.com/blog/2011/04/Lead-Your-Staff-To-A-New-Organizational-Culture

Why Learning & Development is connected to Organizational Development (YouTube video) -The ImperfectOrg

This is a link for a Youtube.com video by David Smith that explains how and why Learning and Development is linked to Organizational Development. The video is moderate in length 12 minutes long but it details the many things that are common in Organizational Development and how it can be integrated into training (Learning And Development).

This author has combined a various group of graphs and diagrams that assist in presenting his view why different models and systems can assist core competencies in an organization.

Here is the video called : “Learning & Development = Organizational Development” please click the link here:

Happy viewing and learning from the Imperfect Org!

“Using Behavior modification methods to increase employee effectiveness”

Managers are almost always aware when their employees treat them as that parent who “nags,” harping about employees low-quality scores or performances. Since this is a common theme among various organizations, managers should understand why they are not getting the workplace results they believe their employees can warrant.

From a Behavior modification standpoint, managers can increase the desired behavior or workplace performance by identifying the gap between the current and preferred performance and behavior. Raymond Miltenberger characterizes in his book “Behavior Modification, Principle and Procedures,” that “Behavior deficit is a desirable target behavior the person wants to increase in frequency, duration, or intensity” (2008, p.5).   For example, a manager and employee may desire to increase the number of quality accounts processed in a day.

“The major goal of behavior modification is to replace undesirable behaviors with acceptable ones. An underlying theme is the belief that how people react to an object or event can be modified by learning”.

By introducing behavior modification in the workplace, managers create new avenues and tools to interject and bypass the undesirable performances and behaviors to get to achievable results.

Set expectations

The lack of well-established expectations are one of the main reason that employees and managers do not see eye to eye.

Waiting until employees make significant errors in performance or behavior is not the time to set an expectation.  Expectations are to be laid out like the foundation for a new home.  Believing that employees will follow the rules just because they know how to perform does not equate to the desired performance and outcome being carried out by the employee.  Before reprimanding employees for not doing what, you expect them to do, please save time and do yourself a favor and make it clear what you desire from your employees.  Hopefully, this will lessen the blowback if that difficult conversation is necessary for future conversations.

Do what you say you will do

As in most situations that include children as well as adults, it is necessary to not only establish expectations but the consequence as well.  Alone, a threat is not an indicator of behavioral changes to come.  Without consequence, change is not eminent.  Until it is applied and felt by an employee, they will consistently perform the behavior that you as a manager will most likely find unacceptable. Now, that is not an instruction to “crack the whip,” but it should encourage you to set consequence along with expectations plainly.

Measure Performance

“No matter your method, the process of behavior modification starts by identifying a behavior you want to increase and the circumstances around it. There must be a measurement of the desired behavior/performance, to receive a clear distinction between what is and is not acceptable.  To obtain measurable results, review and watch the performance for about three weeks before you begin to measure the desirable performance.  Carefully gathering data beforehand that will paint the picture of the type of performance or behavior your employee is rendering, and reveal the sort of behavior or performances that are not acceptable.  Once established, you as well as the employee will have clear indicators of the baseline (where you are starting from) and the progression towards the projected desirable behavior.

Celebrate wins — punish fails through Reinforcement

“A commonly used element of behavior modification is positive reinforcement or a reward system. An example of positive reinforcement is giving a child a hug when she does a good job or providing money for good grades. Negative reinforcement, which takes something away to reinforce good behavior, is also an effective tool to modify habits or other behavior”. An example of negative reinforcement is eliminating an employees’ ability to work from home (they must now come into the office) because of low-quality assurance and performance scores.

Celebrating the wins can come in a package such as an end of the year bonus, through gift cards, adulation, titles, promotions, days off, etc. Whatever it takes to motivate the sort of behavior you desire inside your organization (of course within reason) should be utilized to ensure that other employees recognize the consequence of desirable behavior.

Punishment

“Behavior modification can also discourage unwanted behavior through punishment, which can also be positive or negative. In this theory, the term positive refers to something added — such as a consequence. An example is placing an employee on a verbal warning for being late to work. “Negative punishment is when something is taken away, such as the removal of video games if chores have not been completed.”

Punishment is not an avenue to berate an employee.  However, the performance that is not up to par needs to be handled successfully to ensure more of the performance and behavior you desire.

Do you want to see more of that performance that you and your organization desire?  Well, begin to teach employees how to gain the attributes that are necessary to be successful through Behavior modification.

Retrieved from http://www.livestrong.com/article/105661-behavior-modification/

Miltenberge, R.G.  (2008). Behavior Modification, Principle and Procedures  4th ed(.). Wadsworth: Belmont CA.