Organisations are not bricks and mortar, they are people

Organisations are not bricks and mortar, they are people

ORGANISATIONS ARE NOT BRICKS AND MORTAR, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT OR EVEN NEAT LITTLE DIAGRAMS ON PAPER. THEY ARE PEOPLE! ANALYSE THE ABOVE STATEMENT USING EXAMPLES FROM THE CARE SECTOR TO EXPLAIN WHETHER OR NOT YOU BELIEVE THIS STATEMENT IS AS OVER-SIMPLIFIED VIEW OF ORGANISATIONS. As the title suggests, organisations are living things, consisting of groups of diverse people whose efforts are held together by their structure. “The structure of an organisation is a skeleton which does not come alive until there are people, groups and tasks to get the blood running and the nerved working” 1(Managing social work Handy 1988 p 103) one definition of an organisation is “Organisations are social arrangements for the controlled performance of collective goals”2(Organisational Behaviour 2nd edition Derek Pugh) No matter what form an organisation takes it is essential for it to change and adopt its structure now and then in response to perceived changed e.g. “the Griffith inquiry” which looked at the structure of the NHS, its recommendations were later applied to Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland. 3(Health & Health care in Britain Rob Baggot 2nd Ed p133) The environment and the people in an organisation effect how it operates, whether it’s strong or weak! Therefore success can depend on a lot of things, for example do organisations work better when the people in it work as a group or as individuals? The general consensus is that teamwork is more effective but sometimes it is essential to work as an individual especially when dealing with certain clients. The people in an organisation effect how it operates, influencing also whether it is strong or weak. For an organisation to be strong this depends highly on the people within it, working as a team, co-operating and interacting with each other. An organisations structure normally tends to be of hierarchical in nature. Within this there are always followers …


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