The pandemic has taught UK business leaders some valuable change lessons
By building change lessons into their strategies, they can improve the way their organisations operate and get teams on board with the change journey. So, what are the top transformation tips for companies to consider in 2021?
1. Adopt a step-by-step transformation approach
The perception that transformation projects are always expensive or have to occur on a large scale can be off-putting for many business leaders. Adopting a step-by-step approach to change and thinking 2-3 months ahead enables them to begin adding value to their business models straight away without breaking the bank.
2. Rethink long-term objectives
In light of the events of 2020, leaders must take another look at their long-term objectives and ensure that they’re still relevant. This should involve considering three key areas; what should the business stop doing, what should it continue to do and what should it start doing now? A strategic business health check can help leaders to spot change opportunities and make them a priority.
3. Balance reactive changes and strategic transformation
The process of balancing short-term changes and the need to invest in strategic transformation should begin when setting annual objectives. Once a range of potential short and long-term improvements have been identified, leaders should develop a plan that gives attention to both areas.
4. Secure stakeholder buy-in
In the current remote working environment, leaders need to think creatively about how to engage people with change and strengthen team relationships. Digital channels such as Microsoft Teams can play a valuable role in keeping people connected. However, being clear from the start about the purpose of each channel is important to prevent them from becoming overwhelmed.
5. Invest in the workforce’s mental wealth
To ensure that change projects don’t negatively impact people’s mental health, leaders should view workforce wellbeing as a vital strategy for commercial success. Setting aside dedicated resources to protect the team’s mental wealth and remembering that change is personal is key to creating an organisation that thrives from change and is fit for the future.