Organizational Behavior Analysis
The Air Force is steeped in tradition, ranging from back to when it was socially acceptable to discriminate and segregate. There weren’t any protected classes. Looking at how times have changed, that world no longer is able to exist. The Air Force is a closed system; it does not easily absorb input from its environment. A common thought process is “this is the way we’ve always done it, and that is how we will continue to do it”. There are a lot of permeable boundaries within the Air Force and the different organizations because of the confidential information that is not able to be shared.
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Those that have employable skills and are able to adapt to the changes and demands of the organization excel and make rank and have a steady career.
Job involvement and job satisfaction are what the Air Force is directly linked to organizational commitment, those are usually the people who excel, make rank, and retire. One who possesses a positive self-image through their job performance can determine a person’s positive or negative evaluation of his or her job and their place in the organization.
Escalation of commitment is a huge problem in the Air Force. Once a decision is made and the money is committed there is no going back. A lot of things could be better if there was room for change. Budgeting is done by every organization, section and unit. Funds are targeted and released for specific things, and even if it isn’t in the best interest sometimes, changes can’t be made because of the bureaucracy and politics that comes with being a governmental organization.
The Air Force does use positive reinforcement when performance goals are met. With military they like to give medals or awards and with civilians they are monetarily rewarded or with a higher performance evaluation which can lead to a promotion or just being recognized.
The challenge for the Air Force now is trying to get people to believe that change is normal and interesting rather than a threat to their job security, this is extremely noticeable with civilians, and they don’t like change. Flex time is an idea that they use to motivate a lot of the civilians. Military personnel are mostly on set schedules so this is a hard one to use to motivate the military.
The Air Force is centered around group building and maintenance roles because they want group centered mentality and a group orientation to maintain and perpetuate such group centered behavior.
A possible way to improve motivation would be to use the Kohler effect in which ales capable member of a group increases their effort because they think their contribution in crucial to the...