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Managing Change in the Workplace (How to Get It Right)

To many people, the word “change” might as well be a four-letter word. Change can be downright frightening. Which is why managing change in the workplace is so difficult. But managing change in the workplace doesn’t have to be impossible. In fact, there are quite a few steps you can take to ensure that the process of change goes smoothly for everyone. Including yourself. Here are some tips to help you manage change without losing your patience, or your mind. Read on. Managing Change in the Workplace Begins with Communication Change is hard enough without it being flung at you with no warning. When that happens, stress goes through the roof. Which usually means panic or resistance sets in. Unfortunately, panic and resistance only make matters worse. So it’s imperative that you begin the process of change by communicating with your co-workers. But there’s an art to good communication. Here are some tips to help you communicate. Communicate Early The earlier you start communicating to your employees and co-workers about upcoming changes, the easier the process will be. If you wait until the last minute, chaos will take over. People don’t like change, so the more time you give them to process the idea, the easier the process will be when the time comes. Early communication also builds in trust. And trust is the key element to good communication. If your employees don’t trust you, no amount of talking will do you any good. Communicate Clearly & Truthfully Employees aren’t stupid. They’ll know when you’re only telling them part of the truth. Or they’ll figure it out quickly. And they’ll resent you for keeping them in the dark. And when you’ve lost trust, you’ve lost everything. So even if you don’t exactly know the process or you’re unsure of how to answer a question they have, just answer truthfully. Sometimes it’s okay to say, “I don’t know, but I’ll let you know when I do.” What’s not okay is keeping hardworking employees in the dark. The more you allow their imaginations to run wild, the worse things will get. Communicate Often While you don’t want to overload people with too much information, it’s important to keep the lines of communication open during the entire process. While daily updates may be too much, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly updates help ensure employees things are progressing. Just make sure the only information you’re sharing is significant and substantial. Pointless information is a waste of everyone’s time and can confuse issues. Change Takes Time to Process Change takes time. Rome wasn’t built in a day and whatever changes are happening to your company will take time, too. So give yourself and your employees a break. Understanding that change is a process that takes time to adapt to allows people to come to terms with the change much more readily and easily. It’s Okay to Feel Scared or Unsure Let’s face it, change is scary. Managing change in the workplace is probably even scarier because people are worried about a lot of issues. But if you make it a point to allow people to feel their actual feelings and share them with you, the process will be easier on everyone. Encourage employees to ask as many questions as they need. While even good changes can be scary, change is easier when you have a good support team. That’s where we come in. We’re focused on innovative ways for companies to engage their employees and deliver exceptional organizational growth. Interested? Set up an account with us now.