Change can be frightening and intimidating to your team. For many, it might be something they want to avoid. But not all change is bad. As a matter of fact, it creates an excellent opportunity for growth, new directions and renewed energy. If you want to make change a positive experience, then use these tips:
1. Be strategic about change
While change is a necessity in an organisation, it should also be strategic. Don’t decide on changes without having a solid rationale for change. Look out for signs of change within your industry or organisation and how these changes affect the role of your team or your organisation. Besides making contingency plans in the expectancy of change, build scenarios for those possible changes. Spend time writing your case for change and helping to make this consumable for all different roles and personality types (simple, visual, data-driven, rational, emotive). Make sure the need for change can be understood from several angles and can also be justified to yourself!
2. Communicate the change
There is nothing as discouraging for employees or team members as having changes made in the organisation without their awareness or involvement. When employees have no communication about any changes taking place, they will be passive about the whole process and make it out to be a negative experience even when it was for their benefit. It is important for you to make an effort to communicate what you could see happening now and what might happen in the future.
You should encourage your team to express their perceptions and ideas. You may just be surprised at the insights they have. Furthermore, they will feel that their contributions are important enough to be considered in the change strategy. Having them as active participants is less likely to result in any negative energy or experiences in the course of implementing the changes.
3. Coach for change
When implementing changes in your organization or team, it is not only important to have a change management team but also a training and coaching program for your employees. There is need for continuous improvement in all areas if change is to be successful and seen as a positive thing. Meet your team or employees on a regular basis and make them individual champions of change in the areas of their responsibility. It is good to encourage them to think and plan strategically for their roles and future roles. In addition, coach them so that you can help them develop the skills they need to implement the anticipated changes.
4. Try mini changes
Try small changes in your organization before the implementing the actual change. For example, you can encourage your team or employees to experience tasks outside their normal duties with other employees. Mini changes create a dynamic in an organization that promotes organizational cohesiveness.
5. Celebrate changes
Take note of the little changes that happen on a daily basis. Make comments on them and when necessary, appreciate and celebrate them. Giving positive feedback on change to one employee leads to positive performance and creative thinking in the others. With all these said and done, still expect some resistance from some people in your team. Regardless of how well you prepare them, some people will still resist change. Nevertheless, these strategies should help you have more people having a positive experience with the changes than those who are not.
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