Communication And Its Effects On Employees 's Perceptions Towards Organizational Changes

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Communication and its effects on employee’s perceptions towards organizational changes have been extensively studied. Communication, if poorly managed, can lead to negative consequences including employee’s frustration, uncertainty, change contempt (Frahm & Brown (2007), Bordia, Hunt, & Paulsen (2004)), psychological strain, low job satisfaction, and increase in turnover intention (Bordia, Hunt, & Paulsen (2004)). If effectively managed, communication can result in multiple positive effects such as employee’s positive perception towards change process, change acceptance (Frahm & Brown (2007)), perception of justice within the organization (Nese (2014)), and change-based momentum (Jansen (2004)). In this paper, I would like to explore how two communication approaches – programmatic and participatory - can be used to improve employee’s positive perceptions towards organizational changes. The paper is divided into three sections. It starts with a summary of employee’s perceptions towards organizational changes. The effects of communication on employee’s perceptions towards organizational changes will follow. The last section is a comparison of the strengths and weaknesses of programmatic and participatory approaches through the analysis of empirical studies.
Employee’s perception towards organizational changes
According to Bordia, Hunt & Paulsen (2004), uncertainty is “an individual’s perceived inability to predict something accurately”. Employee’s feeling of…
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