Even though it was only less than 2 months ago, the Brexit seems as though it happened an absolute age ago, especially with all the comings and goings which has happened in and around Parliament with the majority of parties suffering leader losses or leader no confidence. Parliament has a distinct unknown feeling to it at the moment with a new PM.
Although one thing that is inevitable in business in the coming months and years after the Brexit decision is change!
Whichever way you decided to vote, the result of the referendum means that you and your business must be prepared to change and adapt to a new business environment. Here are a few change management tips which could benefit your business
Create a plan and set realistic goals
People tend to resist change so create a plan that outlines each step of the change process, the key stakeholders, the timeline and the deliverables. Someone might have a great idea to contribute to the plan – sometimes all you need to do is ask.
Communicate your vision clearly to your team. Identify what it is that you are trying to achieve through the change process. What is in it for your team?
Your employees may agree with your vision for the business initially, but they may become frustrated or disillusioned at some point along the road if the changes/plans made do not come to fruition straight away. This is where you need to find ways to keep the dialogue going between staff members. This could be by team meetings, casual conversations, team building days, staff surveys etc. Always ask for their honest feedback and actually listen to what they have to say, and on the flip side you should also be honest with them even on things you aren’t sure about and commit to keeping the staff updated when details are finalised.
Get the team on board
Getting the senior management team on board is relatively easy. They should be able to see “what’s in it for them.” However to succeed in managing change in your business you need to get your middle management and your junior staff members on board too. Ask representatives from different groups across your business to get involved, share their views and take ownership of different aspects of the change process.