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Importance of Small Groups to the Organisation - Group Dynamics

   Posted On :  18.05.2018 07:16 am

Informal organization may act to fill in gaps in a manager’s abilities.

Importance of Small Groups to the Organisation
 
Filling in gaps in manager’s abilities: Informal organization may act to fill in gaps in a manager’s abilities. For example, if a manager is weak in planning, one of his subordinate may help him informally in such a situation. Solving work problems: Informal organization helps in solving the work problems of members. It allows them sharing job knowledge and taking decisions which affect a number of jobs.
 
Better coordination: Informal groups evolve short-cuts and eliminate red tapism. They facilitate smooth flow of information and quick decision making. All these ensure better coordination among various individuals and departments.
 
Channel communication: Informal groups act to fill up the communication gaps which arise in the organization. Informal communication cuts across the hierarchical and departmental boundaries and transmits information with greater speed. Informal communication can be of great use to the organization, if it is handled by the management properly.
 
Restrain managers: Informal groups do not allow the managers to across their limits. They restrict them from acquiring unlimited power and from using their power injudiciously.
 
Better relations: A manager can build better relations with his subordinate through informal contacts. He can consult the informal leaders and seek their cooperation in getting the things done from the workers.
 
Norms of behavior:. Informal groups develop certain norms of behaviour which differentiate between good and bad conduct and between legitimate and illegitimate activities. These bring discipline and order among the employees.
 
Satisfied workforce: Cohesive informal groups provide satisfaction to the workers. As a result, labour turnover and absenteeism are reduced and organization’s productivity is increased.
 
Developing future executives: Informal groups recognize talented workers as their leaders. Such leaders can be picked up by the management to fill vacancies at the junior executive level in the future.

 

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