We really never know what the future holds. But today, on the precipice of 2020 as we usher in not only a new year but an entirely new decade, are we prepared for the changes that are coming? Every company will face changes, whether that’s in the evolving workforce, the economy, or technology. How can you ensure that your employees are on board? Here are some tips to help everyone embrace change as we turn the calendar page to January.
Be Clear About Your Vision
When you want to make sure your team is on board, it’s essential that you are clear about your visions, goals, and the tasks that will get you there. When you think out loud, which everyone does, you’re not communicating effectively. Your employees may not recognize what is and isn’t a priority. Instead, take time to think through what you want to accomplish and how you want to approach the change and communicate that to them once you have a clear goal in mind.
It’s also important to be open and honest with your team. When it comes to change in the workplace, it can be scary. It shakes up the status quo and threatens to upend everything you’ve done to get where you are today. It’s okay to have reservations, but you need to be transparent about each step of the process. Without that, your employees will feel like they’re in the dark, too. That uncertainty can create dissatisfaction on the job.
Ask for Feedback
When change is happening, you don’t have to do it alone. Your employees can be a great source of information to help you implement new processes or come up with new solutions. When you’re making a change or looking at the changing market, ask your team for input. They may have innovative new ideas that can get you out of a rut.
Lead by Example
Finally, be sure that you are leading by example. If you reject change, even when it’s inevitable, you can’t expect your team to embrace it. Let go of the thought that this is the way it’s always been done. Embrace change and show your team that everything will be just fine in the end, of not improved overall. When you take the leadership position, it’s important that you are able to accept these workplace changes to encourage others to do so as well.
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