How to incorporate change in the workplace
“Change is the only constant in life.” – Heraclitus
We’ve all heard that saying before. But when it actually happens, especially in the workplace, it’s not typically well embraced by employees. Whether it’s extra paperwork, a new procedure or introducing a new technology, it’s best to incorporate changes in a way that doesn’t disturb the office’s atmosphere.
In order to adequately prepare your team for upcoming changes, it can be helpful to use a mix of both strategy and common sense. Here are a few tips.
Keep Management in the Loop
According to Business Know How, the first step is to make sure that management is aware of all the upcoming changes. It’s crucial that the leaders of the company set a good example and that all employees are on the same page.
If you believe the proposed changes may ruffle some feathers, be open about it. It’s better to be honest upfront in order to avoid arguments later on. Answer questions truthfully and remain transparent – any hesitation will be evident, as all eyes will be on you.
Early Warnings Are Best
The earlier you communicate the plan; the more time employees can prepare for these changes. Remain open to questions and concerns and communicate as often as possible to avoid any bursts of confrontation. Although it may not be something you wish to go through, it’s best to “acknowledge emotion” and remain empathetic towards your team. They may not yet see the advantages of these implementations.
Feedback is important
It’s important to get feedback before, during and after the changes have taken place. Rally the troops. Go around the table and ask for their thoughts. Although not all suggestions can be realized, it’s important to pay attention to what your employees are thinking and feeling. This will improve the chances that changes will be accepted by your employees, which in turn, will increase the likelihood of success for the company.
One important thing to remember is that although change is constant, there will always be a challenge for everyone to get on board. Open communication and honesty are two factors that should be embraced during this challenging time.
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