The balancing act between production and profit needs and the effective organisation of production were examined in a recently published thesis.
People will be more productive if they work in an organisation designed and built around their wellbeing. This does not come about naturally; it is something which can only be achieved after a long, and sometimes difficult, process. Not everyone will achieve it. Andrea Iacobelli studied the various routes that can be taken, and the conditions one may find on getting there. In his thesis, “Nuove prospettive di studio sul benessere organizzativo: il caso di un’azienda
metalmeccanica” [new approaches to the study of organisational wellbeing: case study of an engineering firm], Iacobelli explores the much-discussed area of organisational wellness, initially from a theoretical point of view then in practical terms. In other words, the objective of his research was to analyse the factors and variables which shape the creation and development of the much-hyped organisational wellness in the workplace, factories in particular.
Iacobelli begins by examining current theory on the importance of creating a positive organisational climate and evolved organisational culture in an organisation. Both are pillars of organisational wellness. Iacobelli doesn’t stop at conventional theory, though, and goes on to focus chiefly on work engagement, which is defined as a positive, fulfilling, work-related state of mind that is characterized by vigour, dedication, and absorption in the tasks at hand. In other words, it is the basis of effective labour and, therefore, of an effective and productive organisational culture.
The author then turns his attention to the cognitive aspects at play in work engagement. More specifically, he focuses on differences in motivation between individuals, who can be split into two groups: locomotors and assessors, based on their motivation to get involved in the job. Iacobelli places one final tool in the theoretical toolbox, discussing the Interpersonal Power / Interactional Model (IPIM) which is used to analyse the power tactics of superiors and employee motivation to comply with requests made of them. All are then brought to bear to understand the organisational and productive context of an engineering firm in Lucchesia.
The conclusion which emerges is the importance of the almost imperceptible conflation of production needs with the fine balance of interests between profit targets and goals connected to the human and social development of the people working in the factory, to produce the kind of shrewd production culture underpinning the success of a good business.
Nuovo prospettive di studio sul benessere organizzativo: il caso di un’azienda metalmeccanica [new approaches to the study of organisational wellness: case study of an engineering firm]
Thesis, University of Pisa, Business communication and human resource policy course, 2017