Ways to Overcome Organizational Crisis

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Ways to Overcome Organizational Crisis
« on: April 24, 2012, 03:24:15 PM »

Sequence of unwanted events leading to uncertainty at the workplace is called as crisis. Crisis leads to major disturbances at the workplace and creates unrest amongst the employees.

Employees must not lose hope during crisis. It is important for them to face inevitable threats with courage, determination and smile.

Let us go through various ways to overcome crisis:

    Adopt a focused approach. Take initiative and find out where things went wrong. Identify the problem areas and devise appropriate strategies to overcome the same.

    Gather correct and relevant information. One should not depend on mere guess works and assumptions during emergency situations. Double check your information before submitting reports.

    Employees should change their perspective. One should always look at the brighter side of things. Remember life has its own ups and downs. Unnecessary cribbing and complaining does not help at the workplace. Avoid making issues over petty things. Don’t adopt a negative attitude; instead understand the situation and act accordingly.


    Effective communication is essential to overcome crisis in the organization. Information must flow across all departments in its desired form. Employees must be aware of what is happening around them. Individuals should have an easy access to their superior’s cabin to discuss critical issues and seek their suggestions. Superiors must address employees on an open forum during critical situations.

    Roles and responsibilities must be delegated as per the employee’s specialization. Make sure the right person is doing the right job. Employees must be motivated to deliver their level best and focus on the organization’s goals to overcome tough times in the best possible way.

    It is essential to take quick decisions during critical situations. Learn how to take risks. The moment an employee detects the early signs of crisis, it is important for him to act immediately. Escalate issues to your superiors and do inform your co workers as well. Don’t wait for others to take action.

    Be calm and patient. Don’t panic and spread baseless rumours around. Taking unnecessary stress makes situation all the more worse. Remember a calm individual can handle things better. Relax and then decide on the future course of action to overcome crisis. Don’t lash out at others under pressure.

    Discussions are essential during crisis. Sit with fellow workers and discuss issues amongst yourselves to reach to mutually acceptable solutions which would work best at the times of crisis.

    Be loyal to your organization even at the times of crisis. Stick to it during bad times. Don’t just treat your organization as a mere source of earning money. It is important to respect your workplace.

    Review your performance regularly. Be your own critic. Strive hard to achieve your targets within the desired time frame. Don’t work only when your boss is around.

    Avoid unnecessary conflicts and misunderstandings at the workplace. Treat your fellow workers as members of your extended family. Help each other when needed. Employees should not ask for unjustified things. Think from the management’s perspective as well. Avoid criticizing your colleagues.

    Don’t hide at the times of crisis. Come out; interact with external clients as well as media. Do not hesitate to ask for help. Ignoring outsiders worsens the situations.

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