Organizational Change: Is it an Uphill Battle or a Fun Ride?

calendar December 11, 2018

What do you think when you see this sign?

“Oh, yeah!” or “Oh, no!”

If you’re an “Oh, yeah!” kind of person, you’re probably not afraid of industry shake-ups and organizational changes. Bring on the speed! You can’t wait to test your agility, quick maneuvering, and technical skills.

If you’re an “Oh, no!” person, chances are this sign scares the heck out of you. All you can think about is how dangerous and out of control things seem. In fact, you’re probably already picturing a spectacular crash.

But think about this for a second: In each scenario, it’s the exact same sign.

This thing is coming. The only difference is in how you see it. And what you intend to do about it. You can go down that hill kicking, screaming, and envisioning your inevitable demise. Or you can lean in and enjoy the ride.

Should you take some practical steps before heading down an unknown path? Of course. Now is not the time to yell “Look, mom! No hands!”

Whether you’re taking your entire organization in a new direction, leading an organization-wide HR effort, or simply making changes within your own small team, here are some things you can do to make the ride go as smoothly as possible.

Be confident, strong, and committed. No one wants to jump onboard with someone who looks scared to death.

Embrace the inevitable but have a clear and well-thought-out plan. “The ______ is coming. Here’s how we’re going to adjust.”

Focus on the positive but be realistic. “Did I say adjust? I meant flourish! But yes, it’s going to take a little flexibility and a lot of teamwork.”

Provide as many knowns as possible. Is this hill 200 feet or 200 yards? What will it look like when we get to the bottom? How long will it take? What should we expect on the way down?

Recognize that you probably have “Oh, Yeah!” and “Oh, no!” people on your team. Emphasize that while some things are changing, others are staying the same. Give examples of each so that everyone has something to be excited/relieved about.

Organization change is a fact of life, but your outlook and your approach can make all the difference in the world.

So strap on that helmet. Make sure your tires are full of air and your feet are securely on the pedals. Pay attention to the obstacles in front of you.

Then, when you’re ready, hit it! If you’ve done your job right, it will be a great ride. Recruiting and retaining employees is easier when you can offer a comprehensive benefits plan that makes your team members feel as valuable as they are. At Combined, we build cost effective, long-lasting employee benefits strategies to keep your business and your employees in optimum health. CONTACT US NOW to schedule FREE CONSULTATIONS, FREE DEMO, FREE COMPLIANCE REVIEW.