By: Together Abroad 30-11-2015
Creation of the right project team
There is a high need to create a group of people that will be responsible for the change. It should be a group of people from inside the company, as they are affected very much by the project and in addition should have a specific inside view and knowledge regarding the company. They should also be volunteers because then, employees are usually more passionate and motivated to do the best they can to improve their business and working environment. They have to be willing to devote a lot of their time to drive the change as the day-to-day business has to be run alongside the project as well. The right group should consist of people that are intensively but voluntarily supporting the project and passionate about the change topic. Furthermore, it is helpful to enable networking, that is to say, to bring together employees working in all areas of the business, with various knowledge and experience backgrounds. When their specific skills are needed, these experts are contacted and then involved in the project work. Thereby, the group diversity will provide profound knowledge in different fields but is managed in the most time-efficient way. Following that principle, the most suitable and helpful changes will be developed. The “army of volunteers” is one of the most crucial parts of the change process.
Planning your change to include short-term goals
To show your motivation towards change as a leader, to act as a role model for the rest of your company, you should engage into the change project team as well. Try to set the focus in the beginning on creating a clear plan on how to reach the change goals. It should consist of the various steps of what to do, when to do it, who is involved etc. It is necessary to write down not only the overall objective which will be reached in the long-term view, but to also include short-term goals as well. Each goal, be it a big one or a small one, that is successfully implemented and can be marked off, is a motivation factor for the project team and the employees. So they will finally see the outcomes of the work they did put into that project and if these outcomes are helpful, they will intensify their contribution to the project even more.
Feedback and continuous change
Finally, it is necessary to collect feedback of people affected by the change implementations. Do they notice any improvements? Are there still any adaptions necessary or do they also have other ideas now, how to improve the organisation? When you are able to state the benefits brought to the company after successfully implementing the change actions, communicate them throughout the whole company. The result of this will be gaining more support among your employees and convince more sceptic membvers of your business that the changing process was a good thing to do. You reinforce the importance and need of change that was stated in the beginning. That is important to create a working culture in which change is accepted and continuously pursued in order to keep the business competitive in this fast changing world.