One element will significantly increase your success when managing change at work.
Change is an inevitable part of life. It’s also an inevitable and often crucial part of business.
Organisational change helps propel a business forward as the enterprise works to grow and adapt to changing times. Business changes can be small – think incremental changes to policies or processes – or they may be large: adding new products to the company offering, introducing new technology, moving to new markets or significant organisational restructuring. Whatever the situation, business leaders are constantly having to make decisions about how to change and adapt their organisation.
Research reveals that approximately 70 percent of change programs fail to achieve their goals, largely due to employee resistance and lack of management support.
Why do people resist change at work?
The top reason employees resist change is because they lack awareness about the purpose and reason for the change. This typically arises from the organisation’s failure to communicate details and business reasons for the change, as well as a lack of clarity about employee roles in change success.
What’s the magic bullet?
In our experience, one key factor will significantly assist in overcoming employee resistance. That factor? Effective communication about the change.
Managing people through change
Managing people through change involves motivating your people to work together on planning and making the changes, including issuing your team clear goals and defined roles. Communication not only streamlines this process, but also generates a synergy that promotes a better understanding of what you and your team are working to achieve.
What “effective communication” looks like in the workplace
Before you enact any change process it’s important to:
Any research to support communication as mission critical?
According to 65 percent of senior managers interviewed for a Robert Half Management Resources survey, clear and frequent communication is the most important aspect of leading a team through a transition. It was the top response for companies of all sizes and far outdistanced the second-leading factor: managing expectations (16 percent).
The best part: cost
Communication is the top success factor when it comes to effective change management. Many business leaders approach change management apprehensively, worried about having to persuade reluctant staff to accept new ways of doing business. But, in fact, many people welcome change – provided they have a chance to collaborate in it. And the best part? The cost. It might be naive to state a great communication strategy will be completely free but it’s not far off…and how many components of a business process offers that as an incentive?
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