HRM560 Assignment 2 Environmental Pressures

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Running Head: ENVIRONMENTAL PRESSURES 1 Environmental Pressures Strayer University HRM560: Managing Organizational Change Dr. John DiBenedetto February 2, 2015
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ENVIRONMENTAL PRESSURES 2 Introduction This paper will describe the organizational and environmental pressures facing my federal agency identifying them in order of influence and then describing how they have evolved. This will be followed by the impact of the pressures financially, personally and on other employees. This researcher will then assess reactions to the organizational and environmental pressures previously identified and conclude with strategies to ease the stressors. Organizational and Environmental Pressures Organizational Pressures Environmental Pressures New Broom Pressures (Internal) Mandated Pressures (Eternal) Power and Political Pressures (Internal) Reputation & Credibility Pressures (Ext) Identity Pressures (Internal) Fashion Pressures (External) (Palmer, Dunford, & Akin, 2009) Organizational Pressures 1. New Broom Pressure : In my ten years with my organization, I have experienced four Secretaries and, within my component, six directors with interim leadership “acting” between each tenure. The current director has been in place just under a year and is in the midst of his sweeping changes which are implemented more slowly than in the private sector due to required notifications and approvals. 2. Power and Political Pressures : My component is fraught with power and political pressures as the senior deputies continue to jockey for favor with the current director in order to pursue their personal agendas within the component. 3. Identity Pressure : As the newest federal department, my agency is still trying to formulate its identity and develop its own culture. This causes shifts within as each leader attempts to leave his mark.
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ENVIRONMENTAL PRESSURES 3 Environmental Pressures 1. Mandated Pressures : Along with every annual budget cycle comes mandates from the appropriations committees tying required changes and adjustments to our dollars. These pressures derived from the regulations fall under the definition of the formal coercive pressures. 2. Reputation and Credibility Pressures : Although this seems more readily applicable to a private sector entity, from an insider’s perspective, my agency is extremely cognizant of its reputation with stakeholders and the American public. This results in impacts within my organization as we work toward success in our niche. 3. Fashion Pressures : Frequently, my agency will attempt to institute best practices from other agencies in attempts to improve morale which is one of our greatest challenges. The pressures to improve and excel are especially difficult in my organization given our ranking as 19 out of 19 in the annual “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” survey (“Best Places to Work”, 2014).
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