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change, workplace change, employee fear

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I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – CHANGE may be the most dreadful, burdening, concerning word an employee can hear in the workplace.

But it can also be one of the most powerful.

The reason change is such a feared word is because in the minds of employees, it’s a mandated set of rules, procedures, ways of doing things or a shift in structure that will rock their work world. They’re used to doing things one way, and they don’t want to have that changed without their say!

That’s why I love this take from Fortune contributor Karen Tegar Padir. Padir states:

Change in the workplace should make employees feel excited, not uneasy.

This is much easier said than implemented, but YES, ideally you can introduce and communicate change to your team in a way that gets them excited about what’s coming instead of worrying about it. Padir calls out a few specific points to keep in mind:

1. Maintain focus.

2. Define change as an “opportunity.”

3. Create win-win scenarios.

Read the whole article for more insight into how you can make change something employees get excited about.