Change in the workplace is not something that many employees are open to. Most of your employees will be satisfied with maintaining a routine in the office that they are comfortable and familiar with. However managing change is what keeps the workplace relevant and up to date, and it is important to encourage change to make things better overall.
As a manager you will often be held accountable for endorsing and managing change. Therefore understanding how to effectively manage change is fundamental in the successful management of your role and of your company.
Every business has a lifespan and as a manager or executive it is essential that you have a holistic awareness of the business landscape of the company that you are working for. This means being able to foresee the short term and long term future of the company and taking measures to control and maintain that future.
So how do we implement change in a workforce that is not used to change?
#1 Be clear on your intentions
Before proposing a change you will need to make it abundantly clear where your intentions lie:
- Where do changes need to be changed?
- How will those changes be implemented?
- What are the benefits of the change?
- How will the change impact on the department/company?
#2 In addition to the above, you will need to consider:
- Why you are making those changes in the first place
- How the department will differ following the changes
- How you will determine that the changes have been effective
- How you can get the support of your department following the changes
- What the potential risks and issues are of the proposed change
- How the changes will be made
- How you as a manager can effectively manage these changes
#3 Make sure your changes are timed
It is also of paramount importance that all changes are timed well. Perhaps you manage a team or department that is largely set in its ways and averse to change. Clarify your reasons for implementing the change and make it clear to your department how they will make a positive difference to the department.