2020 showed us that business is everything but predictable. The social and economic disruption of the past year is reflected in the new vocabulary we use. Speaking about a business planning a ‘pivot’ is as common as the concept of who is in your household ‘bubble’.
Thinking about how their teams will cope through periods of transformation can keep chief executives awake at night. So how can people in positions of leadership bring about needed change in a way that earns the support of those who are affected?
The building blocks of successful change management
Well before kicking off any changes in your organisation, it is critical that everyone in an organisation understands why changes need to be made. They also need to be given the knowledge, tools and the ability to implement and sustain the required changes. AskYourTeam draws on ADKAR model’s five building blocks to keep in mind that help to bring about successful organisational change:Awareness
The need for change may be obvious to people in leadership roles, but it’s important to spend time clearly and carefully articulating the reasons for changes across the organisation and how these will benefit the organisation. People need to understand the expected benefits as well as the risks, and the implications for the business and customers. One of the first reactions many people have to proposed changes is ‘what does this mean for me?’ Good awareness of why, how, and how long changes need to happen are a fundamental step in the process.Desire
Why putting people at the heart of change management matters
At the heart of successful change management is understanding how your employees experience change, and providing the vision, tools, frameworks, resources and ideas they need to transition. Ineffective change management can happen when people feel left in the dark. If employees perceive a lack of clarity about where the business is headed, and why, they are likely to feel unmotivated. This can lead to poor performance outcomes.
Human-centred change management puts people at the core of the process. If we are aware of the need for changes and exactly what is going to happen, we’re far more likely to support them. We also need a meaningful and active stake in the implementation - we need to be listened to and know that our voices are heard. Finally, we need to be comfortable that changes were necessary, both for the organisation and the customers that it serves.