ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR -- how can understanding it help a person?Where do you want to work and how can understanding organizational behavior assist you in maximizing that goal?

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durbanville eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It's so true that, if you are attending an interview, it will be beneficial for you to understand a little about the company itself. The potential employer will also appreciate and recognize the fact that you have done your research and, when there are so many candidates for the same job, you really do need something that makes you stand least sufficiently to make it to the shortlist!

When you are considering your dream job, a knowledge of organizational behavior will, not only help you do your job better but also   

 individuals and the groups and organizations to which they belong may become more efficient and effective

Your contribution to this process will, of course serve you well. Rather than trying several different jobs - even within the same industry, you will (in a perfect world!) walk straight into the one for which you are best suited and can start working towards your goals immediately instead of stalling as you have to look for an employer who will appreciate your personality and strengths .

Good luck in your endeavours.   

Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the reverse, knowledge of organizational behavior can help you know where to avoid working. A research study done about five years ago revealed that incompetent managers hire incompetent people, thus surrounding themselves with incompetence. [This was not in the study, but I would guess that this would give rise to an explosive work place where tempers flare and blame for failures are thrown about.] Conversely, competent managers hire people who are at least as competent as they are themselves, thus surrounding themselves with competence. [Again, not in the study, but I would guess this would give rise to an energetic, intelligent work place where good things are accomplished well and praise and rewards are bestowed.] If a potential manager is less that is desirable as to competence and intelligence, then your coworkers and projects and rewards from work will follow and be of the same sort. The converse is true if the manager is what is desirable in competence and intelligence, thus giving you a much more pleasing and rewarding work life. 

Michael Ugulini eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Organizational behavior helps an individual better understand an enterprise's culture, protocols, chain of command and system of operation. As one involves themselves in the day-to-day happenings of an organization, they learn from individuals and groups within the organization. As they become familiar with the way the enterprise operates and how they utilize their people, they learn the best way they can help promote the goals of the organization and how they can be an effective contributor to work teams and their respective projects. Understanding organizational behavior, specific to a certain company, will help a person 'fit in' with the company quicker because they will have a good knowledge of the entity's proclivities as applies to interaction between various people in various job roles.

Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Understanding organizational behavior can be an asset when looking for employment opportunities because that knowledge will give you greater insight into the company's goals and expectations for employees.  

Another big part of the employment process is that you are interviewing the company for the right fit for you as much as they are deciding if you meet their requirements.  Consider what kind of environment you function best in: laid-back, ultra-professional, or somewhere in between?  Having a working knowledge of organizational behavior could help you analyze what kind of work place, the culture or climate, that potential company offers and decide if that company or work place would be a place where you could have a career. 

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that there are two main ways that understanding organizational behavior can help you in getting a job where you want to work. 

First, it can help you to better understand what workplace would actually be good for you.  Understanding organizational behavior could help you understand whether a given firm's culture would really be compatible with your attitudes and your personality.

Second, it could help you enhance your chances of getting hired after you have identified the place where you would want to work.  It could, for example, help you to know what attributes of yours you should stress when interviewing because it could help you understand what people at that firm would want the person they hire to be like.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think the value of organizational behavior will vary based on a person's role, but almost everyone can benefit from understanding it.  If you are a manager, organizational behavior can help you to get the most out of your workers.  You would want to work in a setting with a strong and functional corporate culture.

Today we tend to look at organizational behavior from a system analysis perspective.

Each part is essential. None can exist alone in the system.  (enotes)

This means that even if you are just an employee, you cannot do your job unless the rest of the system works.  When choosing an employer, you want to look for an efficient system.

Jessica Pope eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When you understand how people work in groups, you can mange people better and have greater confidence in your ability to influence others. In addition, understanding organizational behavior helps you understand your own actions and behaviors in a group context. You can flesh out more clearly the reasons why you behave certain ways in crowds, at school, at the office, etc.