Change management is defined as introducing reforms to the previous or existing systems to meet the desired goals and objectives of the organization. It includes adopting such processes, tools, and techniques to achieve the business outcome by sustaining a minimum loss on the employees, organization, and customers. This change could be in the form of a new leadership structure, organizational structure, and introducing new jobs or roles. Change is a must for organizations that want to keep pace with an evolving marketplace.
The most effective way to change your organization and achieve better results is to alter the approach we take including the types of conversations we have, the behaviors we model, and the processes for getting things done. Here are some 5 most effective tips to successfully manage change in your organization.
Treat it as a project:
To successfully build an organizational competency, not just change management competency but any organizational competency, it is critical to view this work as a project. The project needs structure. It needs someone to manage the project. And it needs a team to evaluate, design, and deploy the approach. “Change management deployment” should be viewed as and managed as a project.
Apply a holistic strategy:
To be successful in change management, a holistic and structured approach much be used. 5 key factors i.e. leadership project, process, structure, and skill must all be integrated and specific tactics need to be developed in each of the five areas.
Dedicate a team:
A team needs to be in place to manage the project of “deploying change management”. And to build out the change management plans necessary to manage the people side of this change and to develop the specific tactics that will ultimately bring change management to life in the organization.
Communicate with your employees:
Open communication is a golden thread that runs through the entire exercise of the transition. Providing clear and open lines of communication will help employees to voice concerns, vent frustrations, and share what is working or not. This will help to smoothly run the change management through teamwork.
One of the major risks to change management is resistance to change. It is a normal reaction to change but it can threaten the success of a project if not dealt with directly. Anticipating and preparing for resistance by leadership, training and constant monitoring will help mitigate the risk factors.