By The Editor
Businesses and workplaces must constantly change and evolve to deal with economic pressures, advances in technology and to head off competition. Some employees will adapt easily to change but others find it harder, so here are some tips for employers and employees alike on dealing with change in the workplace.
Accept and understand the need for change
In the workplace, like in life, very little ever stays the same. Whether on a minor or major scale, change will always occur and be necessary. The first step to creating positive change is to accept there are aspects of your work and/or business that require change, in the form of a restructure of workload, personal development or any other positive change you have identified.
Communicate the need for change
As an employer, you have a responsibility to notify people what changes are occurring in your business, and how it will affect them. Be open and transparent about the need for change, and hold smaller meetings with employees to break down the finer details. Normally after this process, employees will understand why change has occurred and ‘buy in’ to the change process. A proactive approach will build trust, while a reactive one will break trust down.
Continue to do your core tasks
The change process can be self-consuming and it’s easy to lose sight of more immediate tasks and day-to-day functions. Even if that work may not mean as much after the change occurs, it’s important to keep focus on the core functions of the business.
Be positive and flexible
Employers and employees who are flexible in their attitude will likely feel the full benefits from the change, as their adaptability will put employers ahead in the marketplace and make employees valued and prized assets. It’s natural to worry about what change will mean for you and your role, but focusing on how you can make a positive contribution is a far more profitable attitude than lamenting over uncertainty.
Share fears with people you trust
A process of change can be a very uncertain time – if you do have fears about change and what it will mean for you, don’t internalise them. Write them down and if necessary share them with your manager so you can rationally discuss and dissect them, or share with family or friend – these discussions can help you look at the positive aspects of change and help you acknowledge that in any aspect of your life, change is constant and to be welcomed.
VECCI runs a one-day workshop for managers and supervisors which introduces participants to a number of elements to consider in situations of change. Visit our website for more information.
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