Even though we are surrounded by change on a daily basis, it can be difficult to adapt to in the workplace. Not everyone is going to be open to the idea of something new taking over their daily routine, so making the transition as easy as possible for your employees should be a top priority. In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander gives three strategies to help effectively manage change in your organization:
- Leverage technology to advance education.
- Start the conversation about the change management early in projects.
- Create and maintain a culture of embracing change.
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There is always going to be a learning curve to a new technology, so there should be nimble and effective training system in place. One of the most forward-thinking approaches is to provide hands-on virtual training that allows clients to learn the new tech in an intuitive way.
Change management, although not the same as project management, runs along a parallel track. They should work in tandem if a project is to be successful. Change management conversations must start earlier in the projects or else many risks will occur. Among them, project vision might falter, sponsorship might decline, and changes might be met with excessive hostility.
The final way in which you can go about managing change is to create a more change-oriented culture moving forward. Alexander gives some examples of how you can move your culture in the right direction:
- Embracing change starts at the top; leaders can help employees adapt to changes with regular dialogue around new developments before or as they happen. Timing is important — leaving conversations too long can create fear and reduce buy-in.
- The leadership team needs to demonstrate through actions and attitudes they embrace change. …
- Team leads or middle managers should make it their responsibility to meet regularly with their teams and discuss developments that impact the company, their group and current or future projects.
- Employees also have a responsibility to take advantage of available education, technology, discussions and one-on-one meetings to share their thoughts and talk about changes and the impact to their work.
For additional tips, you can view the original article here: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/3-strategies-for-effectively-managing-change-in-your-organization/