Stress will always affect us whether at home or at work. In order to enhance the performance of employees, the organization has to pay attention to their personal needs. Organizational stress is a reality and the issue has been ignored by those in management of organizations for a very long time (Schermerhorn, 2010).
A combination of personal stress and organizational stress can overwhelm an employee and in the process lowering their performance and motivation. Organizational managers have to take note of the changes in the business world and put relevant structures and systems in place.
Organizational behavior entails understanding the actions and feelings of people in the entire organizational set-up. When the management of an organization understands its people, it will put in place structures and policies that will cater for both their emotional and physical needs (Schermerhorn, 2010). This paper will look at how modern technology has impacted organizational stress levels.
Many organizations are shifting from the traditional ways of working and are employing the use of modern technology in their operations. Although some people argue that technology has its shortcomings, experience has shown that its benefits are immense (Schermerhorn, 2010).
Technology plays a vital role in relieving and managing workplace stress. The use of cell phones and the internet has contributed a great way in reducing organizational stress. The internet ensures faster transfer of information cross the company without having to move around.
E-business is gaining popularity in many organizations. Through a company website, the organization can market its products and services without spending a lot of resources and by going out. Customers can also order for services and products online. In this way, the marketing logistics are reduced because the marketing department can deal directly with the customers. E-business has contributed in a great way towards the reduction of organizational stress (Schermerhorn, 2010).
The organization has a great responsibility of reducing the stress experienced by its employees. Although some organizations have the fear that reducing employee stress can lead to laxity in the company, the fact of the matter is that reduced employee stress maximizes performance.
The organization should institute proper communication mechanisms that can inform the employees about organizational plans and strategies because research has shown that knowledge about the changes in the organizations and what is expected of them actually reduces employee stress (Lee, 2008).
Supervisors can help in reducing organizational stress by giving employees some control over their work. With training and support, employees will feel motivated and in the process avoid making wrong decisions that would stress them.
It is the responsibility of the organization to provide good working conditions by offering the necessary working resources and paying their employees well as a way of motivating them. All these things combined with total support and guidance will no doubt reduce employee stress (Lee, 2008)
In conclusion, the organization has to consider employee stress when making and delegating assingmments. The management should be sure of the employee’s capability before giving them an assignment. Research has shown that when employees are assigned duties that they know nothing about, it is always a great source of stress. The organization should consider the potential stress the assignment will give the employee before assigning duties (Lee, 2008).
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Schermerhorn, J.R et al. (11th Ed.). (2010). Organizational behavior. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley &Sons.