Change Management: Everyone resists it.

There are few things in business that generate more opinions (often negative) than using the simple word, “change.” Most employees dislike change, even when it’s for the better. Even owners and managers who embrace workplace or procedure changes often are apprehensive about executing successful change management.

Managing Your Company Always Involves Change Management

Regardless of the size of your company or the industry in which it operates, you’ll need to effectively manage and implement change. In the modern business arena, markets change, regulations change, technologies change and industry focus undergoes change–sometimes rapidly.

Why Employees Typically Resist Change

Unless your staff is composed of robots, your employees are humans, who passively or aggressively typically resist changes of any kind. Humans tend to develop comfort zones at work and at home. Stepping outside these comfort zones is difficult for humans. There are some simple techniques that will improve your change management skills.

Successful Change Management Tips

  • Plan carefully. Designing your plan, with your goals and your staff in mind, is vital to good change management. Keep your eyes on the prize, but understand how change affects people–and include features to get your employees on the same page.
  • Don’t oversell the wonders of change. Managers sometimes try to hard to sell changes to staff. Typically, employees see right through this attempt.
  • Completely explain all changes. By not forcing change, but enlisting support by explaining the “how” and “why,” makes people feel better, sometimes turning fear into support.

The Carleton Group has vast experience at helping with change management. They can help you, too. Contact The Carleton Group to discuss the best way to manage your workplace changes.