Unexpected change causes panic and breeds uncertainty, demonstrated by the pound plunging and change in Prime Minister. While none of us really know what will happen in the future, the HR department can put tools in place to help employees manage change effectively and their subsequent reaction.
The complication for HR is that we all react differently to change. Whether in your professional or personal life, change can trigger challenges both good and bad. While some people embrace, even thrive on it, others try their utmost to avoid it. Working in HR, you will see employees encounter changes throughout their career (changing jobs, colleagues and financial cycles) but learning to manage change more effectively is perhaps one of the most important and empowering skills they can master.
However, if change is unavoidable, even inevitable (like Brexit), you may wonder why taking steps to address it is worth your time. Making the time to understand how employees will react to change and proactively putting steps in place to address this will benefit your business by being one step ahead. It will also increase your employees’ confidence and reduce the emotional impact a period of change can cause.
But how do you achieve this? By implementing the following techniques you can be a step ahead of the change process, and prepare your employees to take on any challenges it might bring: