HOW TO MANAGE CHANGE
As an organization:
Participate. We should strive to involve the participants in change efforts. Engage the employee in discussions intended to highlight which issues are of greatest concern and then direct responses intended to alleviate these specific concerns. Do not try second guessing what may/may not concern the employees.
Anticipate change. Change will continue in the foreseeable future as that is the nature of the world in which we reside. Therefore, provide the tools and inspiration to the employees to become success-oriented in the midst of continually changing environments. The tools (change management programs) are intended to assist the employee in experiencing more control and involved in the changes around them. These tools may be a combination of process tools, software tools, and organizational tools.
Hold people accountable. Create a more highly accountable employee workforce in which employees are compelled to assume responsibility for personal and organizational success and thus control in their environment. As employees begin exhibiting greater personal accountability, the employee begins to experience change as a participant and less a victim. As employees experience greater control, reciprocally they experience less anxiety, nervousness and concern associated with changing environments.
Summarily, we must personally “take charge”. Create a purpose, begin making decisions, quit complaining, create a “futures” plan, conserve resources (financial and emotional), take charge and be positive. It is with the experiences of managing through change that allows an individual to choose whether or not he/she feels in control of the situation and determine their own level of success. Jump in, be committed, take accountability, thrive and reap the rewards.
About the author: Charlie Selcer has provided organizations with employee training and development through Strictly Success Inc. for over 15 years. Strictly Success is a U.S. based employee training company for both the public and private sectors including some of America’s Fortune 1000 companies. Strictly Success specializes in high performance teams and teambuilding, employee motivation, employee accountability and change management. Interactive training includes events, workshops and keynotes ranging in duration from 1 hour to 2 days.