How to Deal With Workplace Transformations
Organizational improvement initiatives are hard work.
Accelerating at breakneck speeds these days, change is a constant that’s demanding faster and more frequent tactical shifts. Like the Pied Piper of Hamelin who lured children to follow the spellbinding notes of his magical flute, HR professionals lead the charges. They make transformative magic happen by facilitating the human side of organizational change.
Fear and resistance are an instinctual human response to the unknown. Change, by its very nature, is threatening. In the workplace new technologies; internal system upgrades; mergers, acquisitions and integration; process adjustments; and restructuring can discombobulate employees and productivity.
Wisdom and experience teach that employee engagement helps ease the transition. “When employees are fully engaged and ‘aware’ of what part they play in the overall strategy,’ says business psychologist, April Scott Read, “rolling out a change initiative tends to be smoother because they understand how this change and their role tie into the bigger picture.”
Change management agents facilitate acceptance of and commitment to organizational improvements by:
- Crafting and communicating messages about what’s taking place, why change is happening and what it will look like for employees and the organization
- Making sure the CEO and senior leadership team are fully invested champions of change
- Working to cascade details so employees understand their role and are fully on board
- Creating accountability by monitoring results
As Charles Darwin the modern day pied piper of evolutionary studies once observed, “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
About Patricia Bell Newson
A graduate of Canada’s leading Journalism Degree program, Patricia Bell Newson is an accomplished writer and communications specialist. As a key member of the TalentMap team, Pat leads the company’s thought leadership with full force producing weekly content on employee engagement and best practices in employee surveys. Pat’s experience in advising leaders on strategic approaches to sensitive issues, priorities, and policies together with her ability to research and easily grasp various concepts regarding the workplace has been a great asset in creating valuable insights for HR leaders.
If Pat ever takes her mind off her next writing project, she’ll either be on her next adventure traveling the world, trying new food experiences, or taking a well-deserved break at her cottage.