If you’re a consistent reader of the blog, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been blogging about change a lot lately. And there’s good reason for this: whether you’re a CEO of a Fortune 500 country or a new grad desperate to find a job, understanding how to manage the unexpected changes that come your organization’s way – and actually creating change yourself – is universally essential.
We’ll continue to look at all the of the different angles of professional change, and today I’d like to point you to a good article about how a company manager should handle change within their team.
The article does a great job of talking about the importance of positive energy and clearly communicating. But I would add that it takes several forms of communication in order for the employee to understand that change is on the way. You can’t just wait until a change happens (like team structure shifts, role changes, downsizing, etc.) and then shock them with the news. Set it up and prepare your staff on the change that will be coming even six months from now. While you can’t always predict how fast the change needs to go into effect, the sooner you can get it out there, the better. Make sure they understand all of the whens and whys of the change happening.
Change is hard for everyone – but that is exactly why getting your staff ready for the change is critical. Doing so will cut down the drama, confusion and frustration!