Six tips to proactively manage workplace change
By Jillian Phipps
Change isn’t easy. Help your employees peacefully transition with these tips
Recently, you discovered major changes were on the horizon for your company. Since learning this information, you’ve been anxious. You’re worried how effectively and quickly the employees at your organization will adjust to a changing environment. If you can relate to this common situation, proactively manage workplace change by adhering to the following tips.
Acknowledge Workplace Change
Pretending change isn’t occurring won’t do anyone any favors. To proactively manage workplace change, acknowledge it’s taking place. Learn to accept it. By taking these baby steps, you’ll be better positioned to help others thrive in a changing workplace environment.
Show Genuine Concern
To get employees onboard with changes at the office, show a genuine concern for their feelings. Be honest and transparent with them. Display a willingness to help them overcome their fears.
To transition through workplace change successfully, workers need to be flexible. Encourage employees to embrace change by engaging in new job responsibilities and facing challenges head on. Be a role model to workers in your organization by getting out of your own comfort zone.
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Crippling fear can result when you focus on the negative possibilities of change. When adverse thoughts arise, replace them with memories of past successes while experiencing change. An upbeat attitude can be contagious. When communicating with employees, focus on what everyone can do instead of the things that can’t be controlled.
During workplace change, many employees probably experience a fear of the unknown. Therefore, effective communication is vital. When the lines of communication malfunction, harmful rumors and rumblings among the workforce can occur. Strive to create an environment where pertinent information about changes is communicated to employees as quickly and completely as possible. Also, establish effective channels for workers to address leaders in order to assuage their fears about changes.
Promote Stress and Anxiety Reliving Activities
Because workplace change is tense for everyone, promote stress and anxiety reliving activities. Organizing company socials where employees can relax and have fun is a great idea. Exercise can also be an amazing stress reducer. Whenever you work out, your brain releases mood elevating hormones known as endorphins. To harness the power of fitness during changes at work, consider giving employees a free gym membership for a month. Or, encourage exercise at the office by investing in desks that allow employees to stand while they work. You may also wish to fill the breakroom with inexpensive, fitness equipment such as:
- Jump ropes
- Exercise bands
- Yoga mats
Leading employees through uncertain changes can be both challenging and taxing. Thankfully, by practicing the aforementioned tips, proactively managing workplace change is achievable.