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Change management demands that HR ensure employees are sufficiently informed and ‘bought into’ the change, and that momentum is maintained post-implementation for sustainable and positive adoption.
But the reality of managing, enabling and supporting change management programmes is often challenging for HR teams where there are limits to internal capacity or expertise.
Change management considerations for HR
Change is a pervasive feature within organisations. Whether in response to external forces or internal mandates, organisational changes demand specialist expertise to ensure successful outcomes are achieved.
But change management is commonly cited as a key concern for employers across the economy. Failed change management initiatives can significantly impact organisations, wasting resources, time and effort, demotivating employees and limiting the potential of an organisation and its people.
In HR terms, there are a number of considerations that can help create effective change programmes:
- Early engagement – Involving employees early in the process supports better engagement and change success. This involves being open about why the change is happening and why it is necessary or preferred to the current status quo.
- Give individual context – Impactful communication will emphasise what the change means for employees on an individual level. This is about giving individual context to improve employees’ connection to and understanding of the changes.
- Be open to objections – Through the change process employers should invite meaningful and open dialogue with employees, making them feel comfortable and able to raise concerns or objections. This is invaluable insight into potential barriers to adoption, which can then be tackled head-on to improve change engagement.
- Alignment to culture – If change is to result in transformation, ensure there is clear alignment to aspirational features of organisational culture.
- Key learnings – Throughout the process, capture, measure and monitor activity and performance. This will offer invaluable learnings for future change projects.
We can help
At DavidsonMorris, we support employers with all HR aspects of effective and impactful change management initiatives.
Our specialist team of HR professionals work with management and in-house HR functions to provide expertise and guidance across the employee engagement and communication need, through the change process into implementation and follow up training and support.
As a team of experienced HR professionals, we bring critical skills, knowledge and behaviours that facilitate effective change, including expertise in:
- Employee engagement
- Relationship management
- Stakeholder consultations
- Cultural alignment
- Transition planning & implementation
- Learning & development
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to change management. Every organisation is unique and every change will impact teams and individuals in different ways.
We will work with you to devise tailored support, including guidance on strategies for change and optimal use of HR tools, techniques and best practice to ensure a smooth transition and successful implementation.