Easy Tips To Help Your Employees Whilst Managing Change

Change is a process that must be pursued for growth and development to occur, especially in business. Many in the workforce, however, see change only with fear and hesitation.

Nevertheless, if viewed with optimism and open-mindedness, change may prove to be beneficial and advantageous, not just for companies and their senior management, but for regular employees too.

Whilst managing change in the workplace is not always easy, it is certainly achievable for most managers, so here are a few tactics to share that will help you support your people who need to face it.

Here’s what you can suggest to them:-

  1. First and foremost, if you know that change will be happening sooner or later, don’t try to avoid it. Doing so will just make accepting change eventually much more difficult. By making every effort to look for positives that come with the changes ahead, it will be easier to act upon – and prepare yourself in advance, so that you are ready to roll.
  2. Secondly, although it might seem easier to see endless downsides to changes – especially for those who are not controlling them – this can be rather of a waste of time and energy. Instead, by focusing on new opportunities that might be created during the changes experienced, it will be easier – and more pleasant – to get more from them.
  3. To help this, the third step would be to create a list of detailed consequences of any change, to see the wider and often much more productive perspectives. This gives a positive reinforcement of what’s in the air, because to get through change will be much easier with an appreciation of the potential that positives hold.

Then once you’ve actively considered the changes involved and made a list, it’s time to consider everything on it carefully.

By appreciating all sides of change as soon as you can, you’ll find that you’ll be able to adapt in no time. Whether it’s moving to a new office, being part of a new group or using a new program, the sooner you embrace them, the faster you’ll get used to them and see the possibilities.

Moreover, it is also important to realize that you are not alone. When changes happen, they most likely affect more than one individual, so find comfort in those who are going through the same things as you are.

Finally, try to concentrate your energies on one change at a time. This way, you’ll be able to lean on what you are accustomed to, as you explore new horizons.

For managers, managing change will be simplified (and much more successful), if you really put your heart into it and bring your people along with you.

By helping them think positively and see the opportunities, instead of worrying and complaining, they will begin to take control of their own emotions, behaviours and, ultimately, commitment and motivation, if they follow the tips above.

And remember, make sure your team don’t get too complacent once they’ve adjusted, because as you already know by now, change really is inevitable – and more is always just around the corner!

© Resilience in Change 2011

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