On 26th February 2016, a panel discussion was organised by the students of Organizational Behaviour from I MA Applied Sociology on the topic “Employee Counselling, Cohesiveness and Decision-making in an Organization” under the guidance of Dr. Sheila Mathew, Professor, Department of Sociology, which was moderated by Ashween Lama, and Vishica Gwendolen.
The class was divided into three groups. Each panel was assigned topics namely, ‘Employee Counselling’, ‘Designing Motivational Strategies’ and ‘Cohesiveness and Decision-making techniques’. The first group started by defining employee counselling and gradually moved to discussing the need for employee counselling. Along with discussing the need for employee counselling, they also discussed the types and steps involved in it and the current status of employee counselling in the organizations based in India.
The second set of panelists continued with discussions on motivation strategies for knowledge workers and different rewards to motivate employees. They focused on discussing motivating job design and the way of using the rewards in order to keep employees motivated. Also the job characteristic model and employee involvement were the part of discussion.
The third group of panelists discussed the concept of group cohesiveness and its importance in an organization. They talked about the different approaches to decision-making and problem solving. The panelists also discussed some case studies of problem-solving and decision making. The group further elaborated on how effective supervision helps in achieving desired goals and the different approaches to the process of planning as a whole.
In conclusion, the panelists observed Employee counselling as an important aspect to increase and sustain employee motivation, reduce absenteeism and increase performance in an organization. Also, how effective decision making techniques are essential in the problem solving in an organization.
MA Applied Sociology