When to Include Change Management Activities in Your Plans
It's really fairly simple and straightforward.... change management is about getting the business ready to adopt the change and is needed anytime an organizational initiative requires individuals to alter how they do their jobs. Below, I've listed some examples of events when I'd recommend that "business readiness" activities be included as part of your implementation plans...
1. When business processes are changing
The demand to do things better, faster and cheaper persists ever stronger. "Operational Excellence", "Six Sigma" and "Lean" initiatives often include the redesign of business processes. Differences in how work moves through the organization, changes in reporting relationships and competencies require that impacted users understand the purpose for the redesigns and be trained to execute on the new processes.
2. When technologies are changing
Are you aware that in the near future, PDA's, Smartphones and tablets will be a thing of the past? Rather it'll be all about "wearable" devices such as watches, glasses and rings that will deliver emails, connect phone calls and download learning courses. (As this article was going to print, Apple announced its new iWatch.) Imagine the impact on worker populations - learning how to learn differently, conduct meetings differently and so on! Additionally, new technology systems and applications that enable globalization work will continue to be implemented. Adapting to all of the above will require business readiness activities.
3. When leadership regimes are changing
As organizations continue to leverage each other's capabilities through mergers and acquisitions, new leadership structures and ways of leading emerge. The chances of gaining buy in across the organization are significantly increased when various change management events are embedded in the plans.
4. When workspace configurations are changing
The workplaces of the future will be dramatically different than today's. Collaboration oriented work environments will eliminate assigned seating and cubicles. Workers, when in the office, will sit at any available spot at long tables situated in open, airy, wi-fi workspaces with small group meeting pods peppered with throughout the space. Private offices are replaced by small conference rooms. For people to be productive in these workspaces, adequate preparation will be required.
Given that significant dollar investments are made when implementing important organizational changes, it just isn't a good business decision if business readiness activities are not included in your plans. Learn more about our services