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How to Manage Change in the Workplace
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How to Manage Changes at Work

March 08, 2019
How to Manage Change in the Workplace

Change is inevitable for a successful company and how change is managed can either make or break that transition. Employees tend to notice changes in the workplace and they can react positively or negatively, which roots from the uncertainty of how these changes could affect them.

It's not easy for employees to accept changes in the workplace, but there are several tactics you can employ to manage those changes at work and having your employees on your side. If an employee is kept in the dark and thrown into a brand new environment, they might react negatively which will cause a domino effect of issues that you’ll have to also deal with. If you keep your employees on the loop, they will embrace change and make it easier for the company to do so as well.

In this article, we’ll teach you how to manage change in the workplace successfully:

Define the Change

Defining the change from the very beginning can actually be beneficial because it can mitigate any rumors and provide reassurance that the company cares for its employees. Frequent updates are also necessary in order to make the transition a smooth one. These updates depend on how quickly the company is wanting to implement those changes. Keeping your employees on the loop can also help calm down fear of the unknown.

Have a Plan

When defining the changes that could be happening, it’s very important to have a plan with an objective, mission, and desired results. This plan needs to be clear for every employee, but especially for those that could be directly affected. By having a plan, you also should be prepared for every possible outcome. This saves you from being unprepared and possibly encountering resistance from your employees.


Celebrate the Old Before Bringing In the New

Just because change is making its way into your company, it doesn’t mean that the old has to be dismissed carelessly. During this period of changes in the workplace, recognize the successes from the past and appreciate the employees that had roles in those successes. This could help keep them on your side in the future.

Prioritize Your Employees

Throughout this moment of change, recognize that your employees are going to help you transition smoothly into a new system. Keeping them on the loop, opening the channels of communication to answer their questions and concerns, and even asking for their help will help you manage these changes at work. Not only this, but you need to listen carefully and address your employees’ concerns, so you can keep a strong connection with them. This connection will let you use their knowledge and experiences to tackle these new changes.

Know Your Limits and Be Open to Changing Your Objectives

Being self-aware of your limitations and the company’s limitations will help you follow the correct path toward those changes. However, it’s good to be aware of those limitations because they can help you mold your new objectives and goals in case the original plan isn’t working or will mean too much sacrifice. Knowing your limitations will also make you reach out for help from your employees, which will make them feel useful and keep them calm in a time of change.

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