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Corporate Climate: How to create the right one

The work environment is very important in determining how enjoyable work is. It is very important to work with smart guys who have a superior level of intellectual bandwidth and still have softer skills as well. – Kumar Mangalam Birla

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The information is based on the research of Lucy Adams, an outsourcer whom you can find by this weblink.

Social Tension as the Key Indicator of the Atmosphere inside the Company

Social tension is a state of social consciousness and behavior, a specific perception and evaluation of reality. The extent of social tension is, for the most part, comparable with the boundaries of the conflict and is generated by these boundaries. There are interpersonal, intergroup, national, and global tensions in society that affect the relationship between employees and the psychological corporate climate that in turn affects productivity and attitude of staff towards each other and management.
A favorable emotional corporate climate attracts customers and partners, creates comfort, improves the well-being of the team and, finally, increases the effectiveness of joint activities. The ability to reduce social tension create a good mood in the team is one of the urgent tasks of the management, as this is equivalent to a multiplication of the productive power of the employees.
There are the next signs of low social tension:

  • High demands and trust of team members to each other;
  • Friendly and business-like criticism;
  • Free expression of opinions when discussing all business issues;
  • Sufficient knowledge about the objectives of the company and the state of affairs in their implementation;
  • The satisfaction of belonging to the team;
  • A high degree of emotional involvement and mutual assistance and support.

The Basics of Social Tension Management

One of the most important issues is the psychological compatibility of employees. Depending on the purpose, you, as a manager, have to combine different types of behavior. In some situations, a group with representatives of one character will be unproductive while the other group will show better results. For example, if you hire only employees waiting for instructions and not able to take the initiative or just fans of the command, you can’t expect anything good.
A few more recommendations:

  • Optimal selection, placement, training, and certification of the managerial personnel;
  • Reasonable limitation of the number of employees subordinated to one manager (5-7 employees);
  • No extra workers and vacancies. Both shortage and excess of staff members lead to instability as it creates a ground for the emergence of tensions and conflicts in connection with the desire of several candidates to occupy the position and get promotion or due to uneven workload;
  • The support of the most respected and active members of the team (the so-called informal leaders);
  • Management of the psychological components of the climate;
  • Preventing and resolving interpersonal conflicts;
  • Socio-psychological training, business games, etc.
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Psychologists have developed many social-psychological methods to create a good corporate climate in the team.
These include:

#1 Somatic Psychotherapy

It is based on the recognition of the close connection between psychological and physiological processes, in particular, the fact that personal characteristics are manifested in the postures, gestures, and movements. An example of somatic psychotherapy is rooms of psychological relief with mannequins of managers, where employees can release negative emotions.

#2 Art Therapy

This technique is based on the fact that the inner self of a person is reflected in the visual images whenever he/she draws, paints a picture, sculpture, not thinking about his/her works (that is spontaneously).
The obtained materials allow the identification of the degree of aggressiveness and other negative feelings, as well as help in solving conflicts and building relationships between the team members. This therapy is used in social rehabilitation and occupational therapy.

#3 Special Skills Training

It refers to the behaviorist movement in psychology. The basis for the approach lies in an educational model, goal setting, and evaluation of behavior. An example of such training is the training of confidence in which employees learn to plan careers, make decisions, and develop the ability to cope with anxiety and improve communication skills.
There are also many other methods and training aimed at creating a favorable emotional climate. Currently, some enterprises hire psychologists that organize psychological games, tests, and work with the staff. Some firms invite third-party experts for a while. This, of course, has a beneficial effect on the socio-psychological climate.


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