Driving change in the workplace can be a real challenge, but the secret lies in planning, communicating and rooting that change little by little.
But let’s take a step back to have a better framework!
Organizational change is the change of the company key components of its strategy or operation. This may involve changes in the company’s culture, essential technologies, organizational structure or important initiatives and goals.
It is usually sought after because it is believed that it will allow your company to operate at a higher level, making your team more efficient, productive, innovative and ultimately profitable from a B2B perspective.
The reasons why you can identify the need for a change can be endless, but let’s imagine that the company you work for identifies that it wants to more effectively follow the new technological and economic developments in your sector, will need a change? Perhaps.
Remember, you have to organize the process, to avoid the so-called “double-edged knife”, which leads to a loss of productivity and low performance of your team.
We will explain to you how you can successfully avoid this and drive change in the workplace:
Analyze and understand the change process
The vast majority of changes in the workplace are well implemented if they follow 3 key steps: preparation, implementation and monitoring.
Imagine that you are the team leader, first of all you must prepare employees to be receptive to change. This implies that there is a detailed explanation of what will really change and impact on the daily lives of each one.
Create a plan where you describe and detail all the important aspects of the change. Define the focus, what the change impacts (company culture, departments, etc.) and inform your team.
After the whole team is aware of the new guidelines, it is necessary to implement, that is, start to fit the changes in the team in line with the future strategic vision.
Bear in mind that your team has different profiles and that is why you have to be available for clarification and support to each member.
Finally, make a good monitoring of the proposed changes ensuring that the objectives are being met and ensuring the well-being of your team.
Do not be discouraged by obstacles that may arise as your plan may not be fulfilled to your expectations, but you can always try to anticipate these obstacles beforehand and try to think of solutions. Once you identify them in a primary phase, in the future you will already be prepared and your obstacles will be less complex.
Driving change in the workplace is indeed a challenge, but we are sure that you are up to the task and if you do not feel 100% prepared, this can be an excellent challenge for you to progress in your career and grow professionally.
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