Let’s face it: no organization is perfect. As the organization gets more diversified, more and more organizational problems may arise. These problems can be on employee, team, or organization-wide issues. We list down 4 of the most common organizational problems that your company may experience! Click here to be redirected to this article’s video version or go to the bottom.
4 Most Common Organizational Problems
Lack or Vague Directions
Imagine traveling to a destination you don’t know or traveling to a destination that you aren’t given any directions on how to go there. Or, you’re given directions on how to go there but they are vague or aren’t complete. Isn’t it frustrating?
Now, imagine an organization doing the same. There is no goal, or there are no instructions on how to reach that goal. It can also be that the leaders only gave the goal and some responsibilities, but other than that, the employees are left alone. What do you think will happen to the organization?
The lack of or having vague directions of an organization is one of the most common organizational problems. When there is no clear direction that an organization is going, then the employees are left scattered. Their talents are wasted on things that don’t help the company. Having a common goal will prevent your company from deviating its path. The goal needs to be communicated clearly to each member of the organization for the organization’s long-term sustainability and growth.
Poor Communication and Feedback
Communication is an essential element in effective collaboration. This means that communication, whether it be oral, written, or body language, should be effective and efficient. It also has to be able to flow from every side. At the same time, feedback is also important. Feedback will help members of the organization be more motivated and work more effectively.
Just keep in mind that feedback is as important as communication. Shouting and yelling at your subordinates for their mistakes, or “making an example” of them to other people is not good feedback. When giving feedback, no matter how unsatisfactory the results are, give it constructively so that the recipient knows that what you’re saying is ultimately for their own good.
There are numerous reasons why teams fail. It’s truly hard to blend multiple personalities into cohesive and unified teams. Making a diverse set of people work together will always come with conflicts. And while this is difficult, it’s not impossible. Various tools and assessments have been developed over time to know a person’s personality and behaviors that can help with team development and management. At the same time, enforce the teams in your organization with a clear purpose and encourage open communication to help the members collaborate successfully.
Lack of Awareness
For an organization to run smoothly, there are certainly a lot of things that need to monitor and look into. But, each person in the organization has their own workload. Because of that, coping with the demands of the job means setting aside some things. As a result, communication and direction suffer, and leaders can’t see the big picture to actually notice if something is going wrong. How will you be able to solve organizational problems if you aren’t even aware of it?
As much as possible, set aside time to be able to review processes, strategies, practices, etc. Talk to the members of your team/organization and ask them for feedback on how the current company practices work on their duties and responsibilities.
Organizations are works in progress. It needs constant assessment and development. Reviewing the processes, diagnosing problems, and proposing interventions for effectiveness are relevant for an organization to run smoothly and successfully.
You can also learn about the 4 most common organizational problems in this video!