The new year is on the horizon and many companies have already begun making major changes to ensure they are prepared for 2019. These changes could be as small as an adjustment to the dress code, or as large as moving to a new office building. Regardless, some people don’t like change. They think things are fine as they are and any changes will “ruin everything”. Change in the workplace can lead to enormous possibilities. For some it can clear obstacles leading to greater productivity and for others it can even open doors to new and exciting paths. As a leader in your company, it is not only your responsibility to implement these adjustments for the new year, but also to motivate your employees to embrace the upcoming changes.
Here are a few tips on how you can help:
Have and share your plan
Before any changes are announced, it is important to have all the facts laid out in an easy to understand format for you and your employees. Major changes should be broken up in to smaller phases to help employees adjust mentally and emotionally. Each phase should be clearly explained so everyone will know what is changing and when. If needed, you should also have clearly defined roles for leaders during this process and schedule training for any employees whose job duties are changing.
Make Change Exciting
Your employees need a little excitement sometimes. If you take the time to create an agenda that involves everyone, then everyone will feel as though they are contributing to the group. Setting small goals during the transition and planning a celebration are great ways to keep people positive about the adjustments. The expectation of a reward, however big or small, will usually get your employees to be more open minded about how they will be affected during this process.
If your company or department is going through difficult changes, it is important that you show a positive and inspiring outlook. Maintaining the momentum both physically and emotionally during hard times is a quality of a great leader and your employees will notice. Take the time to talk with employees that are resisting the changes and listen to their concerns. Try to assure them the changes to the workplace are ultimately for the better of the company and its employees. Recruit anyone that is embracing the changes to help spread the positivity.
The one common denominator in how your employees accept and adjust to changes in the workplace is you. Your attitude, communication skills, and emotional intelligence will be vital to how they perceive the changes will affect them and what it looks like on the other side of the hill.
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