What happens when the rug is pulled out from under an organization?
Most businesses change every few years. Some never even consider doing so. What happens when the rug is pulled out from under an organization? Well, it can be tough because doing so will often cause serious emotional upheaval. In order to be effective leaders who focus on change at their organization, they need to pay close attention to the emotional impact that implementing and managing these changes will have on everyone involved. You don’t necessarily have to be a therapist or a social worker to understand that. It just takes a bit of knowledge and some empathy for people from outside your own organization to understand what they’re going through. Below are three ways to pay attention to the emotional side of change management.
1. Look for a counselor or a professional social worker with expertise in the type of change management problems you might encounter. You don’t have to be that person; you just need to know how they could help.
2. See a counselor or a social worker about all of the changes that will be taking place and what they might be like for your employees and employees’ children. You can do this by visiting with your mental health provider and giving them an update. Your provider may be able to give you an idea of the effect that change will have on some of the vulnerable people in your organization.
3. Talk to your immediate supervisor and let them know what you’re experiencing. They can help you navigate through some of the emotional chaos that will inevitably occur as change and disruption take place.
The ultimate goal of any change management course is to produce a more efficient, productive, and productive workforce – one in which employees are motivated to produce while they’re engaged with what’s going on in the workplace. When employees are treated and feel valued for what they’re doing, and when they are promoted or given a pay raise, the change and disruption often go far easier than anticipated. For employees in schools, the employee engagement rate is often lower than in corporations, given the time constraints that they may be working under. It’s very difficult for schools to implement change without offering additional incentives and conditions for employee engagement. What is needed is a system that allows school districts to pay what they think is fair, while also giving employees enough information to not only become aware of what’s going on, but in some instances, make the process easier. To truly create an environment where employees are engaged and committed, schools need to be able to make things easier for them, and identify and communicate with them accurately. Having the right people in place, communicating effectively with employees about the changes going on, and providing incentives to make them feel like part of the change process are some of the best tools to help maintain employee engagement and engagement. Schools need to act now in order to prevent that which we don’t want to face: demoralization and demoralization. There is nothing worse than watching employees snap their fingers and refuse to do anything because of the constant stream of turnover. Schools must be proactive to regain the people who have always been there, while at the same time providing incentives for people to stay put. When a school district doesn’t act, they only increase the need for the different types of intervention that it will inevitably have to offer. Understanding the emotional impact of change management and what will be required to create and foster an environment that achieves the goals of continued success will enable the top leaders at your organization to be effectively the ones who guide the change process and are always there for help and support.
For more information, contact Tamika Joy Smith, Co-founder and Director, Lifeline Associates
Lifeline Associates Inc. is a national behavioral health counseling company headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. Lifeline is a local charity that has taken a critical approach to providing crisis intervention and empathetic counseling services for over 22 years. Lifeline helps people with depression, anxiety, stress, family problems, relationship breakdowns, drug/alcohol abuse, and many other issues. Lifeline has created a safe haven for people to receive the support that they need to get through the hardest times of their lives. Lifeline feels that the purpose of services it provides is to help people get past their experiences and fears so that they can walk forward to a successful future. Lifeline aims to be that ideal resource that will help people achieve their goals by helping them achieve more sleep, better time management, more laughter, a better outlook on life, a healthy body, and more productive productivity. Lifeline recently received an award from the City of San Antonio as one of San Antonio’s Most Found Businesses for 2017. For more information on Lifeline, go to http://www.lifelineassociat….