Greek philosopher Heraclitus is quoted as saying, “Change is the only constant.” This is true in life and in the workplace.
Over the years, there have been changes in flexibility, diversity, technology, creativity, communication, collaboration, and the list goes on. The amount of change, particularly in the past few years due to the pandemic, can feel overwhelming for employers and employees. Instead of being intimidated by the changes being made in the workplace, here are some ways to be better prepared for change:
Understand the need for change
Understanding industry trends can help keep your company up to date with the market and help you identify possible areas that need to change.
Researching will also help you understand why change is necessary. Here are some topics that can be beneficial to review:
- Competitor articles and updates
- Industry publications
- Current trends
- LinkedIn posts
While it is easy to continue the status quo, trends and advancement allow you the opportunity to consider alternative ways of doing business, keeping you competitive when it comes to recruiting employees and finding customers. If businesses around you are evolving and improving, then jobseekers and current employees will naturally gravitate towards those companies.
Ask your employees about what adjustments they think should be made. Sending out surveys or scheduling frequent meetings with your team can help you receive direct feedback on what changes they think are necessary. Employees are more likely to accept changes in the workplace when they feel they have had a voice.
Surveys are specifically a great way to receive feedback because responses can be anonymous which may help employees feel more inclined to speak up. Discuss feedback received from employees and strategize with managers about ways to use what is learned.
Get out of your comfort zone
Change is often intimidating and requires us to get outside of our comfort zone. Growth can only occur as an individual and an organization if you try new things and push for advancement. Creating a culture of constant improvement in the workplace will make it easier for employees to accept necessary changes and build a successful organization.
If there is no progression made for your company, then your company will fall behind with competitors. To keep your business relevant in today’s world, it is necessary to get outside of your comfort zone.
Change doesn’t have to be scary. Focus on the positive aspects of change in the workplace to allow your company and your employees to grow and succeed.