“When life is hard, you have to change”
Shannon Hoon, Blind Melon
In life, change is inevitable, including in the workplace. Today’s workplace is continuously shifting, ushering in a new norm with a variety of changes and disruptions. This can bring about positive change and growth, or lead to negative consequences.
PCC Professional Development & Training program tilted “Leading Change Management” provides the tools to recognize how change is sabotaged, even killed, in the workplace; how to follow the path to becoming an agent of change that produces assistance not resistance; and create action strategies to detect unique talents for implementing and managing sustainable change.
Here are a few key changes in the workplace that may affect employees:
1. New management
When a major management change takes place, it’s natural to feel apprehensive about the potential changes. You may be wondering how it will impact your current projects, the workplace culture and even the status of your job. Whether you’re directly or indirectly affected by the change, it’s important to have the foresight and knowledge to best handle the transition.
2. Workforce reduction
Companies are always looking for new ways to cut costs, and this often includes downsizing. This usually leads to major layoffs and job reductions as cost-cutting measures. In some instances, entire departments are eliminated, creating unease throughout the organization.
This works hand in hand with workforce reduction. In a reorganization, entire departments may have to absorb the work of others, or employees may find themselves doing a job they weren’t trained for as a way to lower costs. This may cause employees to feel as if their jobs aren’t secure, which leads to poor company morale and an environment where people are disengaged.
There are times when companies are bought and merged with other companies. This may create an additional layer of employees, and roles could be shifted. In some cases, managers may have new bosses, or they may be demoted. Once the acquisition has taken place and the transition begins, employees may feel uneasy because a reorganization would be the next step.
5. Physical move
There are instances where the corporate office decides to move to a new location. This may be in the same area, or an entirely different state. If it is in another state, there are programs designed to offer key employees a chance to go with the company. For other employees, the possibility of a layoff is possible, especially if there won’t be a satellite office remaining.
In organizations, change may be unavoidable. Whether it can be attributed to new management, workforce reductions, an acquisition, relocation or restructuring, it’s important to know how to successfully adjust and manage these changes in the workplace.
Register today for more information on the course and how this may help you prepare for these common changes occurring in an evolving workplace.