Implementing change with effective leadership
Let's face it no one really likes change. Adapting to a new management style, computer program, or a new work system is going to be a challenge for any manager. Organizations are all run differently and the only way to figure out how to implement change in your organization is to take a look at your leadership style. The way you react to the change and adapt to it will reflect to your staff and it can cause them to either shy away from change or accept it the same way that you have. Here are some tips to help you implement change:
Tip # 1 - Know your leadership style
The way you interact with your employees and lead them will play a large role in your ability to help them adapt to change. You need to know what your employees are comfortable and help those that may have reservations about change. Make sure you are clear that all complaints about the new changes must come to you instead of passing through other employees. This way you will be able to reduce the blame game that is common for a lot of employees that like to blame one another instead of adapting to the changes. As a leader you need to be able to immediately recognize these problems with your employees and find a way to help them embrace the changes instead of fighting against them.
Tip # 2 - Be clear
Your employees must have a clear understanding of the changes. If you just implement them without warning, they may initially reject the changes. It's a good idea to give them a heads up that some type of change is coming and start to prepare them for it. The best way to overcome resistance to change is by being very clear about the new expectations and changes that your employees will need to follow.
Tip # 3 - Communicate effectively
Almost every aspect of business comes down to communication in one way or another. You must have the ability to communicate effectively with your employees in order to help them understand the changes and to follow them. Supervise your employees well as they adjust to the changes and try to help them when they seem confused. Explain to them what you may see that needs to change if it seems that they are not understating what to do. You also need to keep your door open to communication to discus some of their concerns and frustrations due to the changes.
Tip # 4 - Responsibility
You must make your employees responsible for their actions. They need to understand that they are accountable for what they are doing. If they are rejecting the changes and going back to old systems and styles, you need to make them responsible and accountable for their actions. There are certain behaviors that are not tolerated and forgoing changes because they don't feel like adjusting is one behavior that should not be tolerated. Be clear to your employees what your expectations are for them, what their role is, and the consequences they will face if they fail to step up to the plate and adjust to the changes.
Tip # 5 - Proper training
When you make changes, you need to take time to make sure your employees clearly understand it. You must provide them with the training they need in order to embrace change and to help the organization head in the right direction. Spend plenty of time with the employees to make sure every possible question is answered and that they all feel comfortable with the changes and are able to move forward with the company.