Change is Good

My mom always says a common phrase, “Change is hard, but it can be good for you too.” On a human level, we like the status quo. It makes us comfortable. There is nothing scary about it because we know what to expect. The same is true in the business world. If we are comfortable and are happy in our status quo, we will resist the change that is needed to stay up to date with an ever-changing world. (Gulati et al., 2017; Tsaousides, 2020)

Organizational change refers to the process of various changes in an organization like strategies, culture, and processes. This helps businesses prepare for future, potential opportunities. Usually a business will realize it needs change when their strategy no longer is in step with the environment, or they are not able to keep up with competitors. The change can be triggered by various factors which can be from the internal or external environment of the organization and can include things such as, economic change, social factors, global environment, disruptive technology, etc. With how quickly everything moves in today’s business world, change in inevitable and is now the normal state of business. So why is it so hard? (Gulati et al., 2017; Tanner, 2021)

Even though change is evident in today’s world and impossible to avoid, organizational change is not an easy feat. In fact, resistance to change is not irrational. Our resistance to change comes from our perspective of how we see the change affecting us. One reason organizational change is hard is because of the leaders and employees themselves. Many times when change is presented, all types of employees are afraid they will fail. Employees may doubt their capabilities to perform their job when they have to incorporate the changes. They will worry that they will not be able to meet the new requirements and could possibly get fired. To get beyond this, you need to help your employees move beyond these fears and work with them on training and development so they feel comfortable with the changes being made. (Gulati et al., 2017; Tanner, 2021)

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Another reason organizational change can be hard is the company might not have the technology needed, or the knowledge of up-to-date technology, to implement the change. Technology is probably the greatest driver for change in today’s business world. Technology has influenced almost every part of business. This includes inventory systems, manufacturing processes, HR management and processes, and even finance. All of these areas could see major improvement in their productivity and accuracy when they adopt and integrate new technological systems. (Gulati et al., 2017)

Lastly, leadership can greatly affect the success or failure of organizational change. If you do not have a leader that can influence change it will fail. Leaders must be able to effectively communicate to employees that change is good and that this change can help the employees to get the job done in a faster, more efficient way. A leader cannot simply announce that a change is going to happen and hope that the plan will take place. Leaders must present to employees the dissatisfaction with the way things are currently being run and introduce a new model that is realistic, compelling, and appealing, and then establish a process for how this change will take place. This is called the DMP forces. They need to fully address concerns that employees may have about this change in order to avoid any problems. Employees will need to be educated and trained on new systems so they can perform their duties with confidence. (Blue, 2019; Gulati et al., 2017)

Change is agreeably hard. It affects our current status quo and makes us look at things and processes in a different way. But, like the caterpillar, we know that change can help us metamorphize into something more beautiful with new abilities.

Resources

Blue, W. (2019, February 11). How Does Leadership Influence Change in an Organization? Bizfluent. https://bizfluent.com/facts-5991275-leadership-influence-change-organization-.html

Gulati, R., Mayo, A., & Nohria, N. (2017). MindTap – Cengage Learning. Cengage.Com. https://ng.cengage.com/static/nb/ui/evo/index.html?deploymentId=557615113112872025758405199&eISBN=9781305643673&nbId=2485825&snapshotId=2485825&dockAppUid=16&

Tanner, R. (2021, June 25). Organizational Change: 8 Reasons Why People Resist Change. Management Is a Journey®. https://managementisajourney.com/organizational-change-8-reasons-why-people-resist-change/

Tsaousides, T. (2020, October 16). What Makes Change Difficult? Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/smashing-the-brainblocks/202010/what-makes-change-difficult

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