Climate

What is climate? The climate is the feel of the organization, the individual and shared perceptions and attitudes of the organization's members.

The climate of an organization is influenced by teamwork and mutual respect among many other factors as well. Aspects of the organization are influenced the climate of the organization. The climate of an organization can be defined as " the overall environment in which people do their jobs" (Weinbach, 2003, p. 251). Productivity and performance are examples of factors in the agency that are influenced by one's climate. Leaders must ensure that the work environment is a positive and pleasant one. It is necessary in social work because the nature of the work that we do. We often come across harsh realities and with a good organizational climate this sort of work may not be so bad with climate factors like team work, respect, positivity, and support. It is important to note that a leader must be aware of one's organizational climate and do what is necessary to keep it favorable.Organizational climate is directly related to the leadership and management style of the leader, based on the values, attributes, skills, and actions, as well as the priorities of the leader.


Teamwork
An important aspect of an organization is feeling like you are part of the organization. Healthy organizations are those that have a sense where all staff members feel like they are part of "team" (Weinbach, 2003, p. 251). It is important for leaders to help others recognize their part on the team and their similar visions towards goals and missions. Working together in an organization can not only create a positive work climate but also help to accomplish tasks with more ease. There are many "players" working together to achieve a goal which can produce delegation of work and respect for what each team member has contributed towards the outcome.
Ways to develop teamwork
  • Staff development exercises
  • Team building exercises


Team work and the Absence of Teamwork (Weinbach,2003 p. 252)
Climates with Teamwork = T
Climates without Teamwork = NT

1. A mistake is made
What can we all learn from this (T)
Who did it and what will happen to them (NT)
2. A suggestion is made
Thanks, I'll certainly consider it (T)
Mind your own buisness, I don't tell you how to do your job (NT)
3. A job is performed well
I'm proud to have been part of it (T)
Will I get credit (NT)
4. There is a job to be done
How can be get it done (T)
Whose job is it (NT)
5.Someone offers help with a problem
Thanks. Maybe I can return the favor someday (T)
Why do you want to help me? (NT)


Mutual Respect
Mutual respect is" critical to maintaining a healthy work climate" (Weinbach, 2003, p. 252). It is important for leaders/managers to realize that although our position might have power in the hierarchical sense, that this does not give us the right to think we are more " intelligent, knowledgeable, or correct"
(Weinbach, 2003, p. 251). A good way to look at it is: we are just at different levels and different positions but all have equal contributions and a unique set of skills and values to bring to the organization. A leader must be careful of treating subordinates like subordinates. Most situations do not call for leaders to treat others in a "condescending manner" (Weinbach, 2003, p.251). It is important to consider that individuals who are treated as inferior will behave like inferiors ( Weinbach, 251, 2003). Thus resulting in workers who are not self motivates, empowered, independent and eventually resulting in low morale which in return effects the whole team's morale and organizational climate.
According to Weinbach (2003) there are some situations where a leader might have to remind an individual of their subordinate status. This is only to be used when " other efforts of influence, those that convey mutual respect, have failed" (p. 253). Even in these situations it should be done as a last resort.and they should be "subtle and less-than-subtle" (Weinbach,2003, p. 253, ). The damage of reminding others of their subordinate status to the leaders results in injury to mutual respect.
A climate that consists of mutual respect among all "team players" results in higher productivity as well as high morale and a positive work climate. The image of this climate is that of one where reminders of heirarchy differences does not exist. We all must have respect for each other's positions, job titles, duties, and responsibilities and look at it as how we are contributing to the whole or to the bigger picture,