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The 4 C's of Workplace Change Management

HR advice when change hits

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I recently ran across a great article for any of us working in HR – “Can You Handle Change” by Lou Markstrom. The ideas and advice are relevant for anyone in any kind of management or director position, too!

It is often up to a few managers and/or HR staffers to  lead changes that will make impact felt across the entire organization. There is so much to think about, plan around and consider both from a practical and emotional standpoint. No matter what the change is, some employees will embrace the change, and some will fight it.

That’s where the advice from the article comes in handy:

The first rule of change management is to plan for managing the people issues involved in the change, long before change is implemented. Once this is understood, there are four key components to a successful change management program: communication, commitment, community, and clarity.

I can tell you from experience both on the HR side and as a Career Coach working with people going through workplace change that these 4 C’s are indeed essential to achieve change management success.

Read the article, and let me know what you think from YOUR experience!