Managing Organizational Change

Org Change

 

Change, that word is not very well liked by many people. Especially when you say organizational change. Is it going to affect their normal routine at work. Most people in the workplace fall into a routine mindset at their job. They know how to do it and they know what is expected of them. Any deviation from this day in, day out mindset will more than likely be met with some opposition.

Organizational Change Management Definition

Organizational change management is defined as a framework for managing the effect of new business processes, changes in organizational structure, or cultural changes within an enterprise. How an organization handles this is key to its success.

Keys To Success

The biggest part of a successful change in an organization is communication. What may seem to be a small change to one person, may mean a big change to another. More often than not, changes are passed down from the top and by the time they make it down to the bottom level, all communication is lost. All too many times employees feel like they have change pushed upon them with little to no prior communication.The employees will all too often feel like just a number. Organizations must ensure that changes are thoroughly explained to the parties it will be affecting. This shows the employees that they are cared for and it will also help the change be much more affective in the long run.

The Challenge

My challenge to you is to review how your company handles change and how it communicates this change to its employees. Put yourself in the role of others and ask yourself three questions:

  1. Do I understand why this change is needed?
  2. What does this change mean for me?
  3. How can I help support this change?

If not, then maybe you need to change your change management plan.