Generally in life, change is inevitable. We cannot ignore it and it will always be happening. However, as technology innovates faster and faster, many changes are happening with lightning speed and sometimes do not give us a ton of time to react. This is especially true at the workplace, where new tools, methods and software are frequently changing how businesses operate.
However, dealing with change (especially at the office) can be confusing and even scary for some. This fear of the unknown and leaving what is comfortable is widespread. With that in mind, this article is going to go over a few different tips that business owners or operators can use to effectively deal with change in their business, without scaring employees.
Communication is always important at the office, but this becomes increasingly more true when your business is going through some changes. Any way you look at it, most people have at least some bit of inherent fear of change. In order to reduce those fears in employees, management and other executives, you need to communicate what is taking place.
You should be very clear on what changes are happening, why they are happening and how you will help them go smoothly. Many questions should be asked and answered. Be sure not to wait too long to communicate the changes, either. The more you communicate, the more comfortable people will likely be with the change.
Prepare For it
If you know change is happening, you need to be sure to prepare for it. This involves communicating the change is happening, making sure everyone knows what their role will be post-change and ensuring you have the right plans in face to effectively handle the change.
You should be prepared for small changes as well. For example, IT departments frequently have changes and updates to systems. To be sure you’re not only ready for them but can see what the actual change was, you should be using some configuration monitoring software.
Don’t Bombard Employees with Information
While it is important to let your employees and team know about any changes, it is also important not to bombard them with information. You need to be selective about the types of information you share, and how much you share at a time. If you tell you team everything all at once, it could overwhelm them.
Instead, share the information that will be most important first, and then once they have a grasp on that you can begin to share other information. Also, different information about the change might be more important to different people, so the information you share with the marketing team might not be the same as that you share with those in IT.
Focus on the Benefits
While not all changes for a business are 100% positive ones, it is important to focus on the benefits of the change. Any sort of change can be quite disruptive for a business, so in order to lessen the fears and anxiety about the change, it is important to be clear about the positives that this change will bring.
This should help people to adapt and go through the struggles of change, knowing there are some real benefits coming soon. Focusing on the benefits instead of the drawbacks should also help you generate some real excitement about the changes.
Hopefully this article has helped you learn some great techniques for dealing with change in business. Change is always scary, but it is incredibly important to go at it head on and not let it deter you from running an awesome business.