Change initiatives can be scary for many both employees and managers alike, and as humans, there is often natural resistance to planned changes. This may be because we are used to the way things are done or we like the way a program works. It’s important that managers remember that even though your employees are hesitant to change, change is often very necessary. Successful change managers are able to help implement projects and help employees adjust without too many problems or adverse reactions. Making your employees resilient to change will come with practice and also great communication.
Here are 3 tips to remember in executing a change initiative.
1. Clear Communication and Outlining the Vision of Change
One of the many things that a successful change manager will do is outline the change for their employees and also communicate.
Communication is the root of everything and is important throughout the business world. Without communication, things will get lost in the works and employees will never know what they should be doing. When it comes to change, you want to make sure that you are communicating everything you know with your employees. This communication will help your employees understand what is going on and they will feel more comfortable with the change. Always remember to communicate as this will help adjust your employees to and they will not be taken for surprise when the change is implemented.
When you outline the vision of change, your employees will know what to expect and they will understand why the change is occurring. Every company must undergo change at some point in time. If your company does not undergo change, your competition will surpass you and you will be left in the dust. Make sure to identify the need for change and be sure your employees understand it.
2. Knowing How to Overcome Initial Resistance
There will always be some type of resistance when it comes to change and your employees may not be willing to accept that change at first. If you want your employees to accept change, you must communicate with them.
Employees will resist change for a number of different reasons. These reasons can vary from employee to employee but most of the time it has something to do with their comfort level. Your employees are comfortable doing what they have been doing.
For example: You have used a certain software program for the last 10 years. Your senior employees who have been there since day 1 of the software will be resistant and hesitant towards another software program.
To overcome the resistance you will want to be very proactive and let your employees know why it is beneficial to switch over to the new system. Show them examples of the program operating to get them excited. You can also explain what problems the new system will solve that the old system couldn’t.
You can also offer incentives for learning the new software and set milestones to reach. When the milestones are met, reward your employees.
3. Make Change Easy to Swallow
The technology and software that you use to implement the change will help your employees adapt. If you do not use software that is of quality, your employees may become even more discouraged.
A good training software will help your employees see why the change is needed and how it will help. Performance support software like WalkMe will allow you to present your employees with an interactive guide to the change. You can make the training session realistic and also easy to understand. Your employees will appreciate the effort.
Change is not easy for many people but with a little guidance and a reason for the change, your employees will be more accepting of it. Change is needed for all businesses and without it, businesses would never advance or grow in size.
Chris is the Lead Author & Editor of Change Blog. Chris established the Change blog to create a source for news and discussion about some of the issues, challenges, news, and ideas relating to Change Management.