At some point in time every business, no matter the industry, will have to implement projects that will change the way they do business. It’s an unavoidable process and in order to be successful you must have a plan on exactly how you plan to effectively manage the changes. This is why it is absolutely necessary to have a Change Management Plan in place when the need arises.
Change management defined is a formal strategy wherein a process is established to facilitate changes that occur during the project (Whitten & Bentley, 2007). One of the key areas of concern is managing the people within the organization for which the change will affect. If you don’t have the support within your organization the project is doomed to fail. Change Management
Change can be very threatening to employees and the organization as a whole. In this day in age the systematic improvement could mean that you need fewer workers and can lay off workers. In today’s economy being faced with reality that you may not have a job will naturally bring fear in the equation. This fear could lead to worker intentionally sabotaging the project. In order to manage this fear the organization must keep their employees involved in the change process. The leadership must be an example of accepting the change because the subordinates are looking to them for guidance and acceptance of the change. If the leadership does not support it, no one else will either.
Communication is also a key aspect of implementing change. It is important that all parties involved are aware of the change and the reason the change must occur. It is easy for employees to get involved with the ‘If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it’ mentality. This is why the benefits of the change must be clearly communicated from the start of the project. Even when the employees are aware of the benefits there still maybe employees who resist the change. This is largely due to the fear of loss of control,...