How to minimize negative effects of change in your company – short guide

Going through a period of changes and don't know how to deal with potential negative effects of change in your company? Today most organizations are going through constant state of transformation, as they respond to the extremely dynamic business environment, the post-pandemic impact, and the technological progress.
effects of change in your company

And that means processes, systems, and strategies in the workplace must continually change and evolve for an organization to remain competitive.

People say change is good. But sometimes it comes along with a drawback: it usually affects the most important resource, which is your team. Due to frequent changes, sometimes insufficiently communicated, people may choose to migrate to companies where things seem to be more “stable”.

And the loss of people is costly due to the associated recruitment costs and the time involved in familiarizing new employees with the various processes in the company. Every time an employee walks out the door, a lot of knowledge about the business leaves together with him. And that’s why you need a well-developed plan for change management.

What you can do to prevent the negative effects of change in your company

A change management plan can support a smooth transition and ensure that employees are guided on the path to change. Here are some key steps you can take to effectively manage organizational change.

1. Clearly define the change and align it with the broader business objectives

It may seem obvious, but many organizations miss this vital first step. One thing is to talk about the need for change, and another is to perform a critical analysis of necessary change that can really help the organizational and performance goals. The latter helps to ensure that change will lead the business in the right direction.

This step can help you determine the value of the change, which will quantify the effort and resources required from the entire team.

So, the key questions you should answer as clear as possible are:

  • What do we need to change?
  • Why is this change needed?
  • Who needs this change in our organization, and what are the objectives we need to reach through this change?

2. Determine the impact of change and the negative effects that may occur

Once you know exactly what you intend to achieve, you should determine the impact of the change at different organizational levels, both on short and long term.

So, fort this step, the key questions are:

  • What are the positive effects of change? What about the negative effects?
  • Who in our organization will be most affected by the change?
  • How will the change be received at different staff levels?

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Razvan Popovici

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