Organizational Trends Discussion

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"Stress is tension from extraordinary demands, constraints, or opportunities in the organization".(Schermerhorn, Hunt, & Osborn, 2008). There are a variety of reasons that people experience work related stress such as conflicting personalities, fear of job loss, office politics, an overload of work, and ever changing technology to name a few. "Technology is the technical means people use to improve their surroundings, using knowledge, tools, and systems to make their lives easier and better." Technology gives people a vast array of alternatives to stay systematized and be more well-organized and prolific. It has the possibility to give employees with the instruments they require becoming better in their positions.

According to CBS Interactive Inc (2009), "The characteristics commonly associated with high performance workplaces and organizations are: moves toward a flatter and less hierarchical organization structure; a willingness to adopt new working practices; and emphasis on empowerment and teamwork; and high levels of employee participation and learning."

(para. 1). BNET defines the characteristics of a high performance organization as "having a willingness to adopt new working practices, an emphasis on empowerment and teamwork, and employee participation and learning. These characteristics are believed to foster motivation, trust, communication, knowledge sharing, and innovation within the organization. They are also thought to lead to an ability to adapt to the changing business environment and to improvements in performance and quality of working life."High performance organizations and traditional organizations differ in many ways, including the focus. High performance organizations are open to new ways of doing business in order to achieve new levels of performance. When it comes to workplace stress high performance organizations try to keep it down by holding employee's quality of life to a high importance, along with having minimal rules, and including employees in many facets of the organization to make them feel...