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Choosing the Change Management Strategies to use

December 17 2012

There are many different change management strategies an organization can choose to use. The path that is decided on will help in determining just how successful the incorporation of the changes into your organization will be. The one that causes the fewest disruptions will be the best course to follow.

When deciding on which of the change management strategies to use when you have to make an adjustment to your daily business routine or a change in a process, the staff or project team should be considered. It is not their personalities you need to be concerned about with but rather their aptitude to learning that should be taken into consideration. The organization with a staff that can make adjustments easy, learn a new concept and accept changes is vastly different than the ones who have to deal with resistance.

In many organizations the need for more than one change management strategy might be necessary. There should be one for changes that will make life and the accomplishment of tasks easier for the staff. These changes are generally accepted with little to no resistance. A training session should occur where a clear explanation of the changes that will be instituted should be scheduled. At the training session there should be handouts for quick reference should suffice for the staff to have the ability to cope with the proposed changes.

For the staff that might be more resistant to changes, the best change management strategies should include an explanation of why the changes are necessary. It is easier to accept changes if you know why they must occur. It could be as simple as it will increase the profit potential of the organization or cut down on the work required for a task to be completed. The reason why the changes are not the important thing, it is that the information is being provided that makes the difference in the attitude of the staff.

To know which of the change management strategies is most effective within your organization a change of management monitoring program is advisable. This way the project manager can see and document the effects the changes have on the staff and how well the change is fitting into the daily business routine of the project team.