Little Guide to Change at Work

Change can happen at any time, to any one and in any organisation or industry. Over the next few days I will guide you through a greater understanding of change and some sound advice for anyone working in the ever changing chaotic environment we now call ‘business as usual’ or shall we call it a ‘dynamic work place.’

Fear

Change quite often evokes powerful emotions. With this comes uncertainty about what lies ahead. Concerns may arise over job security, having to learn new skills, processes or software for example. When targeted with change, most people have the same feelings. What most people don’t realize is that they themselves play a key role in the success of change. The key to personal and professional success is in your own hands.

Here are three of typical frequently asked questions in such a situation:

1] Why is change happening now?

A] Change can feel like is happening suddenly and its directed directly at you. In reality most changes happen outside of the organisation many months or even years before internal change takes place. Most major changes can be attributed to external market factors. These can result in new offers or capabilities by competitors (they are creating new business faster then your firm. Loss of market share or lower prices (cost of doing business is lower creating better prices to customers / clients) are also key factors.

2] What is the risk of not changing?

A] For employees the risk of not changing is reduced job satisfaction, fewer promotional opportunities, reduced job security in the longer term or even immediate loss of employment. For businesses, the risk of job losses even at the higher levels, failure in the market place, bankruptcy or loss of revenue.

 3] If I wait long enough, will the change just go away?

A] If the financial success of the business depends on change, then you can expect change to happen regardless. Waiting will not usually change the outcome. In most cases the change will happen even in the face of resistance from employees. This does not imply that change will be bad for you either. In the end, many changes result in positive outcomes. This could include improved processes, new opportunities for advancement and more secure jobs.

What the change means to you will be directly influenced by the response you make to it. Every person reacts differently and experiences emotions at different times. It is a pretty unique experience.

Tomorrow we will look at the choices we have about how we respond to change, also how this changes as the organisation moves through the change process. Generally the time periods to consider are 1] When the change is first announced 2] During the change process and 3] After the change is in place.

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