What factors should be considered when preparing employees for a change? How should the leader solicit the involvement of the employees? Provide an example of a change you have been involved in where employee involvement was solicited. Explain whether it was effective and why. .
The senior leaders are in the best position to address large change, regardless of their desire to empower middle managers. They are the only ones with the standpoint to solve the complex problems that may come up during major changes. Solicit feedback from all employees before the changes happen. An employee’s viewpoint on the organization can change depending on their position, tenure, or level. Understanding these issues and concerns before implementing change can mean the difference between success and failure. Leaders should use multiple communication channels to have these “pre-change” conversations with employees and be sure to respond to employees’ questions and concerns. Clearly communicate the strategies and the reasoning behind the changes. Leaders should not assume that the company’s strategy is clear, to all the employees. They must understand “why” and “how” the company will be changing, and that really do have a part in the change. It is important to make all employees at all levels feel that they have a stake in what the changes will mean to the company as a whole. Where I work there is a constant change happening. Our CEO has commented that life is like facing an open fire hydrant daily, and we must be constantly be preparing for the changes. Until things start to level, out which he does not see happening for a nice while.