November 26, 2018

The increase in competition in the business industry forces organizations to subject to changes. The evolution of technology, homogenous markets, and globalization are some of the factors that drive companies to react for survival. Organizational change usually revolves around the structure, technology, and people within the company.

In order to manage changes that occur within the organization, it is important that the desired state is achieved at a minimal effort and cost.

1) Access current state and align business goals 

 What needs to be changed? Is it necessary for a change? These questions should be raised through the early stages of managing organizational change. A review on organizational goals and objectives is required before any changes occur. The change needs to put the business in the right decision and generates a positive impact both financially and ethically.

2) Determine those that will be impacted 

Once a strategy is implemented, it is crucial to review the impact on the business structure and determine which members are affected. This information helps provide insight on who needs to be educated and where support is required.

3) Educate and provide training

When implementing changes, adequate training and support should be provided to help employees learn the appropriate skills and knowledge. Training can be face-to-face, online modules or involve the two methods together.  Educating and allowing employees to seek support is crucial in adjusting the transition, generating positive attitude and behaviours to achieve the desired performance.

4) Analyze the change process

 The change management process needs to be closely monitored in order to measure the success of the changes. Evaluating the process can help the business determine the effectiveness of the change and whether there are other opportunities that can build proficiencies.

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Leaders initiating changes in organizations has become different compared to ten to twenty years ago. With proper preparation and planning, organizations are able to analyze potential risks and minimize impacts of threat.

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