AMETHYST 3-1

Answer/ reply to below in 150 words/ 10 sentences min

Organizational change is necessary for any organization to stay relavent and successful. Change is scary and getting people on board for change can be a challenge as it can be easier to just stick with what you know.  I love this quote by Albert Einstein, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  We use this one a lot at work, especially when bringing up changes to employees who typically are against it. We are in the process of “fixing” numerous issues with our medical maintenance programs and for the most part, the issue we encounter with others is the fear of the unknown. Even though we are trying to fix something that is broken, people stick to “Well, that’s the way it’s always been done”. That drives me crazy! Looking online, there are numerous strategies I found, but a few strategies I came across that I liked to involve others in planning organizational change are as follows:

  1. Consult the team on the plans for change and allow them to participate. This one is critical because if the team is not included in the plans, they will not be accepting of the change when it is implemented (Bremer, 2018).
  2. Management supports the change. When management is showing a positive reaction to the change, then employees tend to follow. But if management has a bad attitude towards the change, this will show and make the transition painful.
  3. Communicate the change early on and effectively and throughout the transition process. Self explanatory.
  4. Finally, follow up. Changes will take time to implement, therefore, following up and receiving feedback on what is going well or what might need to be tweaked is important to ensure the change is effective.

 Like I mentioned, these are only a few of the strategies, but if I had to pick one, I’d say the communication piece is probably the most important when implementing changes.

What would you say is the most important strategy if you had to pick?

Reference

Bremer, M. (2018, Mar 10). Sucuri WebSite Firewall – Access Denied. Retrieved December 10, 2018, from https://www.ocai-online.com/blog/2016/10/Organizational-Change-what-are-4-Strategies-to-Change

Lotich, P. (2018, November 5). 8 Steps to Implementing Successful Organizational Change. Retrieved December 10, 2018, from https://thethrivingsmallbusiness.com/implementing-organizational-change/

 

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