Finding the right mindset for change is crucial to succeeding in today’s age of disruption. Know the top strategies to help employees deal with change in the workplace.
Change is inevitable…
We live in an era where every industry is undergoing dramatic changes, faster than it has ever happened before.
To put things in perspective — Gartner reports that most organizations have undergone five major firmwide changes in the last three years. That’s not all, over 75% of organizations are looking to increase their share of major change initiatives in the next three years.
In my experience over the years, I have come to see that organizational change often sends a strong message across the workplace, inducing ripple effects among employees. It’s times like these where the employees’ trust is put to a test.
Unstable economic conditions like that of a global pandemic often result in organizational changes — changes that must be implemented quickly. In other cases, large-scale changes such as mergers and acquisitions are kept confidential until the contracts are signed. The speculations that arise from such situations, trigger anxiety and may even elicit paralyzing levels of panic and fear among employees.
Helming the organization during major change initiatives can be a tall order.
When the world sank into an economic downturn due to COVID-19, corporate leaders needed to ensure that their employees fully bought into the change initiatives that were proposed for their well-being and safety. We all know that this was no easy feat.
The onus is on the leadership team to ensure change management is approached with a well-defined strategy and a great level of empathy. Failing to do so, can turn out to be a costly affair.
Change-affected employees who are stressed and upset become inert and are known to be less productive.
What we need to understand here is that employees crave constancy and clarity. In the event of organizational change, we often see a good portion of employees resisting the change — this may be due to their concerns about how these workplace changes will affect them.
It’s crucial to empathize with employees during the process of change, especially at times like these, when their belief systems are altered. Understand the emotions that employees experience at every stage and support them through the transition. An organizational change does not happen overnight. It takes time, more importantly — it takes a lot of effort and patience.
Here are my top 4 tips on helping employees deal with organizational change, in a positive way:
The way leaders in an organization respond to change can have a significant impact on the employees. There’s no escaping change, it is disruptive in nature and at times even unsettling. Having said that, adopting a positive and inclusive approach to change has proved to be rewarding in more ways than one.
When dealing with organizational change, it’s always smart to have the change be centered around your people. Without their support, your efforts won’t be successful. #BusinessTransformation #Leadership #ChangeManagement https://t.co/zxK59iRDmX pic.twitter.com/dd6Oq3nb9Q— Dr. Dean Bartles (@DrBartles) July 2, 2021
Parting thoughts — creating a nimble and collaborative organizational culture is pivotal to leverage change successfully.
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Chief Executive Officer, Opus