Change is always constant within any organization; especially now in 2013 as the United States might face another recession or as some say, ‘Call it what it is and call it a depression.’ Whatever wording one uses; the United States is in times of economic hardship. The organizations’, firms and the United States government is in trouble due to minor and major cutbacks.
This is a phenomenon in which the natural cause of economic order is in chaos. The familiar rank or status is becoming a thing of the past, and the familiar is no longer present for most American households, because of the organizational change and changes which have, or are occurring. Economic hardship is a part of everyday life for some, so how does one help in aiding organizational changes?
When organizations initiate major changes within the company roles; employees are also likely to change and fear will become the status-quo. How does an organization help with the fear-factor when changes are happening? Most employees will dislike change whether good or bad, so have an open-line of communication, and help the employees understand the change of the dynamics due to the market change is vital.
Employees will show major discomfort, so have open discussions about the uncertainty of the business or risk that the organization might endure. When the discussion is open allow the subordinates to give feedback; perhaps there is an idea that the higher-ups have not thought about. Remember the Human Resource Department saw something in them to be able to hire them, so do not assume employees are just, ‘employees,’ as each employee is smart and intelligent.
Psychological impacts may be prevalent, so the smart and the intelligent employees the firm hired might just have an innovated idea. Emphasize innovation, for innovation is the new-norm as one can clearly see within the market-place, and so with-this-being-said, communicate the benefits of innovation by maintained market shares and company stability.
Remember to give every employee a voice, because one might just get the idea for the deal of a lifetime.