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3 Tips to Help Your Employees Cope with Organisational Change

Organisational change can be a complicated and stressful experience, and the prospect of a company restructuring can be especially daunting for your workforce. As a manager, it’s likely your personnel are your top priority. So, for some handy tips on how to help your employees cope with change in the workplace, keep on reading.

See Also: 5 Ways to Prepare for Company Changes

1. Provide Help

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At this potentially turbulent time, it’s likely your employees will be looking for guidance on what happens next, so offering your support is a must. For example, if some workers are going to be made redundant as a result of the changes, you may want to think about how you can help them. In this situation, you could provide outplacement services for those who will be affected.

Outplacement works to help those who face losing their job find new employment. This service can assist your employees by providing expert advice, helping them identify their goals and objectives, and equipping them with the skills they’ll need to ensure they’re successful in their job searches. In some cases, you may also have the option of bringing in a third-party specialist to help with this process. Offering assistance like this can be an effective and practical way to support your employees.

2. Be Honest

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It’s important to be honest and upfront with your workforce from the beginning. Being open and truthful will gain you respect, so as soon as the changes are announced within the company, it’s crucial that your employees are given clear and precise information on how the adjustments will affect their positions. It’s also vital that they are given as many details as possible.

While you may think withholding some pieces of information from your staff members could spare their feelings, doing this will only make it harder for you later on. Making sure you have confident answers for even the most difficult questions should help you avoid causing any added stress and keep your employees satisfied.

3. Stay Positive

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During the transition process, it can be easy for your workforce to become disheartened, and you may notice a drop in productivity. If this happens, you should try to remain positive and optimistic. If you’re seen to be happy and upbeat, this could help your personnel stay focused and encourage them to carry on despite what is going on around them. As a leader, you should do your utmost to keep morale high in the workplace, especially during times of change.

See Also: How to Lead Change

Organisational change can be an upsetting time so, as a manager, it’s important that your employees are provided with the support they need. By offering practical help, being honest, and staying positive, you should be able to successfully help your personnel through this potentially tricky period.

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