August 26, 2013
Organizational behavior is a unique field of study because the focus is not only about individual behavior, but also how individual behavior contributes to the dynamics of an entire organization. Organizational behavior focuses on the appropriate use of people (Human resources) the management perspective of organizational efficiency and job selection, training, and performance appraisal. Organizational behavior also focuses on understanding and enhancing the well-being of employees, human relations within organizations, employee attitudes, behavior, stress, and the practices of management. As Schermerhorn, Hunt, ...view middle of the document...
Employee motivation can take the form of individual, groups, teams, or the organizational. Employee engagement can have a significant impact on organizational commitment. Although law enforcement traditionally operates on a hierarchy paramilitary style of leadership, officer’s like to think as if they are contributing to the organization’s mission and goals and not just there to take orders or be a number. Supervisors should maintain an open line of communication with their employees learning what interests them. Frequent communication between managers and employees gives the employee a sense that the manager cares about him or her as a person and not just his or her productivity.
Team concepts are crucial in law enforcement. Daily officers engage with emotional and job demanding stressors. The use of team concepts provides officers with outlet and a sense of camaraderie. Many law enforcement agencies employ the team concept to help alleviate work schedule stressors by assigning officers with particular days and hours of work and time off with other officer’s. Additionally, the use of teams solicits friendly competition, which some supervisors see as negative believing teams reduce cooperation. However, the use of team concepts is proven to promote officers to work well together and cooperate with one another.
Today, many men and women entering law enforcement have college degrees or work experience in various business related fields. The demographical change means law enforcement supervisors must also change their motivational tactics. The value of mutual respect and recognition for their hard work is a reward promoting self-worth as well as organizational...