How to Manage Change in an Organisation
Posted 13 May, 2020
Author - Omobolanle Ajetunmobi

How to Manage Change in an Organisation

If there is one word, we can use to describe our world today, that word will be Change. Our world changes so rapidly and continuously, it is increasingly becoming tedious to keep up. With change comes adjusting and implementing changes to life in order to accommodate the change. This is even more so for businesses as the normal we used to know have now disappeared before our eyes, we are tending towards a new normal which is currently evolving.
In order to implement new procedures, products, or any other change in your company, you need to understand Change Management, this is a process that assures your organisational structure, including employees, can handle changes. When employees are properly prepared, they know the process and are comfortable with it. Learning to manage change is important in maintaining continuity within your business, here are some of the steps to take:
· Analyse your business and determine areas where change is needed.
· Collect data and information on the proposed changes and arrange the list in order of priority.
· Changes that need to be made together should be grouped together. Analyse how the modifications affect your business and create a presentation explaining why the transformation is good and how it positively impacts the business.
· Present your information to managers and executives. Encourage input about the proposed changes, including how managers feel it will impact their specific departments. Adjust the plan based on manager and executive input.
· Introduce the change plan to employees through an introductory memo released at least 60 days prior to the projected date that the change takes place. Encourage workers to give input on the plan by creating employee groups to analyse and contribute ideas on the plan.
· Begin training to implement the change in phases for all employees. Start training at least 30 days prior to the projected change date. Make training interactive and encourage employees to ask questions that will help them understand the change better.
· Roll out an offline version or model of the change at least two weeks prior to the change date to allow employees to experience the change and experiment with it. For example, if a new computer program is being introduced, a sample version of the program can be made accessible to employees so they can see how the software works. As the sample program is not connected to the company's database and not used for live activity, it can show employees how the new software works without affecting business.
· Create a timetable for implementing change but be prepared to alter it if modifications need to be made before implementation.
Starting my career journey with a start-up, changes had to be made when necessary to the way we carry out our operations but then again it all turns out to be a good one for the betterment of the organisation at large.
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