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Grieving Organizations and Other Work-Related Pathologies: Examples From Academia

Grieving Organizations and Other Work-Related Pathologies: Examples From Academia
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Author(s): Cynthia Maria Montaudon-Tomas (UPAEP Universidad, Mexico), Ingrid Nineth Pinto-López (UPAEP Universidad, Mexico), Ivonne Margarita Montaudon-Tomas (UPAEP Universidad, Mexico) and Yvonne Lomas-Montaudon (Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, Mexico)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 25
Source title: The Emotional Self at Work in Higher Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ingrid Ruffin (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA) and Charissa Powell (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3519-6.ch001


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The only constant in life and organizations is change. Change can come in a variety of forms, affecting the way people perform and feel at work, and can sometimes result in grief. This chapter defines grieving organizations and other pathologies that affect organizational health, identifying particular traits that are visible in the way in which work is performed. Different comparisons are made in order to pinpoint key elements and events that can affect the wellbeing of employees. An example from academia is presented: A private Business School in Puebla has faced numerous changes that affect the emotional wellbeing of its members. Changes in leadership, organizational procedures and policies, layouts, early retirement, and even the death of a colleague have substantially affected staff performance. Establishing the right courses of action is essential to develop leadership and promote an organizational climate that is supportive of its employees.

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