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Embracing change as an opportunity for growth

In this article, we outline the best practices when it comes to navigating organizational change, how to tackle challenges and maintain a clear vision when unprecedented issues arise.  

Peter Ryan, Managing Director at emagine Netherlands

Meeting objectives and achieving goals is a rewarding process, but it rarely comes without challenges. Obstacles can present themselves at any given time and, as a business, it’s important to know how to manage them when they do arise.  

As companies evolve and adapt to keep up with innovation, team members must understand how to handle the challenges which come with implementations of change in their organization.  

 

The importance of being agile  

Organizations should strive to be agile in order to thrive in today's dynamic and rapidly changing business environment. Agile management involves being flexible and responsive to changes both within the business, as well as on the market.

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It encourages continuous feedback on projects, allowing teams to improve on areas they feel could be better and flag potential hiccups early. This flexibility brings a competitive edge which provides a business with the right tools to effectively respond to market trends.

Agile methodologies empower businesses to embrace change, planned or unexpected, and make informed decisions that are not clouded by a sense of chaos or uncertainty.  

 

Effective communication 

As stated in a recent Forbes article, effective communication is the secret ingredient to business success. It seems simple, but clear communication enables businesses to convey an overall strategy and vision and, with this transparency, any reasons behind a certain change can be understood and accepted by stakeholders.


 

  Flexibility brings a competitive edge which provides a business with the right tools to effectively respond to market trends.

 


A workforce should receive regular updates and open communication is always encouraged. At emagine, we champion a Nordic working style which means our core values are based on an openness towards new ideas and most importantly, crystal clear communication. 

To be motivated, you need clarity. If employees are not presented with the bigger picture, it can be difficult for them to understand how a change aligns with their organisations mission and values, which can have a negative impact on motivation.

So, when a change comes into effect , it’s important to address this and set any transition in the context of the organization’s overarching goals. Involving teams in the process also helps employees gain a sense of ownership and responsibility, which encourages participation later on in the decision-making process in case challenges arise.  

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Upskilling employees 

Employees must have the necessary training and resources to adapt to changes. Upskilling your workforce ensures people are equipped with the latest tools, technologies and methods to help them move through change seamlessly.

A workforce that is up to speed with competitive industry trends is not only proficient in handling the technical aspects of projects, but is resilient and agile when faced with unexpected challenges. We believe organizations should foster a culture of continuous learning, to encourage employees to embrace change as an opportunity, rather than a barrier or threat.  

Pitfalls to avoid 

Implementing change without proper planning and consideration can cause confusion and resistance. Allowing a suitable amount of time is also key. It’s advisable to announce any news as soon as possible and to follow up with a transition period or timeframe to help teams create a realistic plan.

Leaders should always offer training and support if employees feel they need it or if they are dealing with a scenario they haven’t dealt with before. This will facilitate a smoother transition. It's also normal for employees to feel unsure when faced with change, therefore a sensitive approach towards teams will help to avoid any feelings of resistance or decreased motivation.  


 

  Organizations should foster a culture of continuous learning, to encourage employees to embrace change as an opportunity, rather than a barrier or threat.

 


It’s never recommended to exclude key stakeholders from the process. Companies may think they only need to communicate with those directly affected by a change, but all stakeholders should be carefully considered, which could include customers or investors.  

Different teams will deal with change in their own way. Each organization has its unique challenges and requirements, and senior leaders must tailor change management strategies to meet these needs.

Successfully navigating organizational change requires a combination of clear communication, buy-in from employees and an acute awareness of the external landscape. With these considerations, companies can create a resilient culture that thrives on change and uses it as a stepping stone for growth and success.  

 

emagine runs a range of training courses to equip team leaders, projectmanagers and senior leaders with the skills they need to lead successful organizational change. Find out more about our courses, or make an enquiry for a tailored session. 

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