Challenging change management myths
Overcoming the misconceptions that surround change management
Change and business go hand in hand, however, the people side of change can present challenges. As a process surrounded by misconceptions, how can businesses overcome the myths that surround change management?
1. Make sure everyone is on the same page
People naturally fear change. Whether caused by previous experiences or approaches, this means teams can be resistant to the process. However, for transformation to be successful, employees must be on board, otherwise things can go awry and impact the whole business.
2. Explain the purpose of change
Change can be a powerful tool for good, with the potential to take an organisation to where it needs to go. As a result, job cuts are often not involved and change projects can deliver benefits for people across the business.
3. Communicate clearly with teams
Clear communication and engagement with employees are vital, as they are the ones who will be impacted by change. Keeping them informed, being understanding about their concerns, and providing support and training should be a priority. Similarly, demonstrating care for teams in this way can lead to more employee buy-in and improvements to company culture, such as increased flexibility, preparedness and agility.
4. Understand the mental impact of change
Change can impact people’s wellbeing, so it’s important to be able to recognise change fatigue. By tailoring their change approach, businesses can identify how people are impacted in different ways, and ensure employees are supported.
Change is an inevitable part of business life. In order that it’s kept positive, businesses need to demystify what it means for employees. Through communication, clarity and effective change management, decision-makers can ensure their business delivers ‘change for good’.
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Published: Feb 18, 2022
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