The Improving Organizational Performance simulation has four phases. Each phase deals with a different problem the Airdevils, a company specializing in air stunts, is experiencing. Throughout the simulation a student was prompted to choose solutions for the problems Airdevils was experiencing. After choosing solutions, the student was provided with the results for the solutions. This paper will serve to explain the situations, solutions chosen, and results in addition to discussing concepts of organizational psychology addressed in the simulation.
The first phase of the simulation required the student to determine why the employees of Airdevils had been so unsatisfied with their jobs. The student determined it was mainly because employees didn’t feel like they had the opportunity to partake in the type of stunts they joined the company to do.
In the second phase, the student was able to use the information from the first situation to suggest changes. The company had not won any awards for approximately two years. Management of Airdevils believed the problem was likely due to hiring new people and the changes that teams must make to accommodate new personalities, but as time passed the satisfaction of the employees continued to plummet. Overall, the employees felt that their schedules were too hectic and that they did not have a voice. Many of the employees felt like they were partaking in the same stunts over and over again and wanted to try something new.
The student suggested that Airdevils allow participation in open competitions, train its employees in other stunts, and offer rotation in industry meets and decided it was the best course of action because the primary concern amongst the employees was feeling like they were not being heard. They were growing bored with their work. Granting the requests of the employees to learn new stunts and continually do something new will improve employee morale.
The changes this student implemented led to improved...