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Is big necessarily good? Examining the Effects of Organization Size on Organizational Effectivity


This paper aims to explore the effects of organizational size on organization effectivity. Organization or workforce size in this paper is defined as the number of employees in a geographical location, as defined by Michael Beer, or the number of persons employed in the organization. Also defined in this paper is organizational effectivity or effectiveness, which refers more to goal attainment. Topics also discussed in this paper are the effect of organization size on employee participation, which is also discussed at length here and can be direct and indirect. The two forms of direct participation are also included in this paper, as well as the determinants of employee participation. Three of them have been used in this paper: competition, indirect participation, and organization size. Other topics included in this paper is the effect of organization size on employee performance, training and development, which is described as crucial for an organization’s growth and survival. The effect of organizational size on employee performance is also discussed in this paper, where some researchers found that there is a positive and a negative relationship. Mentioned briefly are the methods in which employees from the private and public sector are evaluated where their performance is concerned. Three more topics have also been integrated in this paper: the effect of organization size on employee interaction and engagement, and organization culture, along with the advantages and disadvantages of large organizations and small organizations. The discussion on the effect of organization size on employee engagement and interaction are separated into two separate topics, as engagement and interaction are not synonymous with each other where this paper is concerned. Employee engagement, in this paper, would mean the commitment of the employees to work and attain organization goals. Included in the discussion about the effect on employee engagement are the key factors of employee engagement.

Keywords: organization effectiveness, workforce size, employee performance, employee engagement, employee participation, organization culture

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Beyond my wildest dreams

All my life I’ve stumbled, yet up here I am just perfect.

Perfect as I’ll ever be.

Marie Digby, “Spell”

So, I finally got the last grade that I have been waiting for. After the weekend, I will be asking how I can file a late application for graduation. I don’t know if I can make it to the graduation ceremony next Saturday, but for me, to be formally declared as a graduate from the diploma program is enough for me, as it would mean I can move on to the Masters’ proper of the graduate degree I am in. There are a lot of things I need to get done, but I’m ready for it.

I’m not going to lie. I’m scared about what’s store for me once I move on up. Master’s proper will surely be more challenging than the Diploma track. The Diploma track had been challenging enough–my family and close friends have been witness to so many breakdowns along the way. But I need to remember I was able to make it.

Two years ago, I decided to leave law school and enroll in graduate school instead. I was both nervous and hopeful; I couldn’t wait to learn something new and to start over academically, yet at the same time, feel like a fraud whilst filling up application forms and looking for references. I was able to find two from work. But I was able to get in. And I vowed that I would really work overtime to prove my worth.

As someone who got used to receiving (far too many) failing grades whilst in law school even with all the effort I’ve exerted, I have to admit, I cried when I received good final grades (1.25 and 2.25) for the first semester of AY 2019-2020. Not because I feel that I didn’t work hard enough–rather, I considered it my defining moment–I wasn’t lazy. I wasn’t stupid. It was a very visible sign that I am capable. I am a hard worker.

Those grades were the best Christmas gift ever.

Then second semester rolled in. I had a pretty stressful workload that I ended up dropping one subject. And then the pandemic broke out. Then I’ve had a problem with my research proposal. I was waiting for the shoe to drop. It didn’t. Instead, I was able to retrace my steps and find out what the hell was wrong with the original proposal and how I can start over. I ended up changing the topic, and narrowing the subject of the research so it wouldn’t hard to administer surveys if needed.

Then first semester of the second year rolled in. How I managed to survive it, I can no longer remember. I got my first uno (yay)–and funnily enough, it was for a law subject.

Hell, I really am not a dunce, after all.

The second semester was more demanding than the first. I had to really start work on revising the research proposal and at the same time, fulfill the requirements of the subjects I was currently enrolled in. And then all the challenges strarted to come in. My medication had run out, my productivity was at an all time low, and I was struggling. I was beginning to doubt if I would ever graduate on time. I didn’t even apply for graduation, because I wasn’t sure if I could make it.

But here I am. I told myself now that if I didn’t make it to the graduation ceremony, it would still be okay. I now have the grades I need to graduate, so all I have to do is file for a late application. I am one step closer to moving forward. But you know what? It still hasn’t sunk into my system that I am capable of doing something good. I am capable of making an uno. Or a 1.25. Or a 1.75. And I needn’t worry about the shoe going to drop at some point. It wouldn’t as long as I don’t let it.

And I cannot wait to start on my new journey.

I have a few takeaways from this experience. I was able to fight my depression and anxiety out–but I had to rely on prayers now that my medications have run out. It’s possible. And never lose hope that there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

Here’s a disclaimer, though. I don’t exactly recommend pushing through without the help of a professional if your mental health issues are no longer manageable. I wasn’t able to get a new prescription due to the lockdowns for the past few months. Prayers are good, but one has to remember that when one’s mental health is pretty fragile, don’t wait to reach the breaking point. Seek the help of a professional.

And take care of yourself physically as well.

Other ways in which we can practise self-care.

Spa days? Check.

Pampering sessions? Check.

Don’t get me wrong, both are good for self-care. But because of the current pandemic, we know that going to the spa isn’t possible at the moment. There’s no need to worry–there are other things people can exercise self-care.

They are probably things that you you all might doing already–either way, I thought I’d share them.

Exercise. Maybe this one’s no longer a surprise to some people, especially if they do it regularly. Admittedly, I struggle to do this regularly. But I will do my best to be more diligent about exercising. Read More

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Recently Read 4 || The Gilded Age trio: To Marry an English Lord by Gail McColl, The Husband Hunters by Anne de Courcy, and The Glitter and the Gold by Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan

Anyone who knows me well that I love period dramas like a little boy loves cake.

It’s a poor simile, I know, but that’s what I can think of right now.

But if there’s any specific period that interests me, it’s the late nineteenth century, up to the end of the Second World War. And I enjoy reading about that period, too. There were books that I wanted to buy and am saving up for, but recently, I have found the top three that I really wanted to buy, and I can read them for free. Where else? Scribd, of course. Sure, I pay for a subscription, but it’s a perk of said subscription, so it’s all good. Read More

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This semester: A reflection.

Note: This picture was taken in 2019– long before the pandemic.  I loved  exploring the university campus, and I did it whenever I had time. And I’m glad I did, especially when the pandemic hit our country. I won’t lie, I miss my uni campus very much. There’s so much about it that gives me peace–whether it’s the trees and lush greenery or the confidence it has given me, it’s hard to tell.

Maybe I am just half-bottle-of-whining–but I would very much like to say that this semester wasn’t the easiest I’ve ever had. If I thought my first semester was awful, the second was far worse. Not only was I struggling to revise a research proposal, I was also trying to cope with the requirements for the subjects I was currently enrolled in. Read More

The 30 Day Challenge || The first five days

Well, hello there. 🙂

I have no excuse, but I hope you’ll understand–the second semester has been crazy busy. And that’s an understatement.

Just to keep you guys updated, a friend invited me to her Facebook group which is more like a mastermind group. And a mastermind group is a group that exchanges ideas, encourages each other in keeping their goals for growth, and whatever else. I’ve joined this accountability 30-day challenge where we share goals that we can accomplish within the next thirty days, and encourage fellow members in accomplishing theirs. Read More

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