Change is good. Change allows your business to stay nimble, keep up with industry trends and constantly improve the product or service you offer to customers. Without it, your business will stagnate and your customer base will start to fall away. For this reason, you need employees who will embrace change, learn new policies and procedures, and continue to work hard in your dynamic work environment.
Five steps to introduce change to your team
Some employees may fully embrace change—while others may meet it with feelings of suspicion. But by taking five key steps, you can ease your team through a change and come out the other side with successful results. Consider the following key steps:
- Don’t try to build Rome in a day. You know the old saying. Changes, especially big ones, can startle and disrupt your staff, so start small. Hold a meeting where you explain what will be happening, when, and why. Then, break your change down into baby steps you can implement one by one.
- Never slam the old way of doing things. This is what your employees are familiar with and some may like the “old way.” The key is to acknowledge the good points of an old process or policy, and then explain how the new way will allow for improvements.
- Highlight advantages. It’s easier to get employees on board with a change when you’re specific about how it will help them in their day-to-day and long-term work. Changes are meant to help, not hinder, and it’s important to be up front and descriptive about all the ways the change will help.
- Ask for their feedback. Once you explain your plan for change, gather feedback from those who will be closest to the new process or policy. What will work well and what might not? What stumbling blocks do they foresee and how can these be avoided? By involving your workers in a change, they will feel invested and more accepting.
- Allow time to implement. You’re taking baby steps to implement this change, but before you begin, take some time for the “dust to settle.” Expect questions and concerns, and keep an open-door policy to let these filter in. When your workers have calmed down and had all questions answered, then you can begin to make your planned change.
Not everyone will be on board—be prepared
It’s natural that some employees will accept a change while others never will. Encourage productivity and monitor job performance. Some of your workers may decide to move on to new opportunities, and that’s OK. You want to maintain a staff that supports your business and will help you move forward.
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