Supporting Change Within Organisations

Topics: Minimum wage, Employment, Strategic management Pages: 6 (1500 words) Published: March 31, 2014
The Impact of Change

We are a family owned multi award winning Construction Company working across the East Midlands and South Yorkshire, we are a leading SME contractor building sustainable growth, having dedicated teams, creating value for all, nurturing talent and rewarding success. We have been in business since 1946 and since our incorporation in 1978 have grown steadily from a turnover of £200k to over £22m today. As our turnover has increased so has our staff numbers, if we go back 20 years we employed just 36 employees but today we have over 80 employees. We have an ongoing portfolio of projects and our dedicated teams deliver exceptional value through their courage and passion to do things differently, We specialise in:

Design
Construction
Refurbishment
Conservation
Repairs and maintenance
We have a business plan where our “Big Hairy Audacious Goal” is to have sales totalling £60m by 2017, to achieve this we need to make sure we have the right people, who will fit into the culture of our organisation and embrace our shared values, doing the right jobs.

All companies need to change to keep one step ahead of their competitors, when looking at our S.W.O.T. analysis we can see factors that drive and influence change within our organisation.
Helpful
to achieving the objectiveHarmful
to achieving the objectives
Internal Origin
(attributes of the organisation)Employees
Leadership
Company Name
Shared Values
Waste management (1 skip per site)
Health & Safety Plan
Survival

Growth
Turnover
Profit margins
Salaries
New IT system

External Origin
(attributes of the environment)
Times top 100
New contracts
Competitors
HSE
Cost of materials
Minimum wage

To enable our organisation to change we must look at areas within the SWOT analysis: New IT system – this drives change as all employees are learning to use the new system which for some is more difficult and can take longer. Our ongoing training means that support will always be available either in the office or out on site.

Health & Safety Plan – as a construction site can be a dangerous place to work, we take health and safety very seriously and are now more health and safety aware. We have adapted a system where we only work with sub-contractors that pass our health and safety vetting system, turning them from red to amber and then green where they prove they have completed risk assessments on all aspects of their job to be able to work on our site. We are employing more people within this department to allow for more site inspections. This has an effect on the organisation by helping to prevent accidents. All site operatives/visitors must now be able to produce an in-date CSCS card which must be relevant to the tasks they will be carrying out; if a sub-contractor does not hold a card we will help them source and complete the training so they can apply for a card. Survival – as we have been here since 1946 we have seen many of our competitors go into administration during the economic crisis, not only have we continued to survive but we have managed to grow and have even moved to larger premises to accommodate this and to enable further growth. Minimum Wage / Salaries / Cost of Materials – these three areas from our S.W.O.T. analysis are linked together, if the government increase National Minimum Wage to £7 in October, as reported in the news recently, it will have a knock on effect throughout the industry. This in turn will affect organisations by costing them a lot more money for the same workforce, meaning the cost to employ will rise significantly, both for ourselves and our suppliers, which will lead to our suppliers putting up the price of materials and labour therefore we will have to increase our costings when tendering for projects which could mean we lose work. Employees – for any business to succeed it must look at all its employees. When...
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