Managing Change is important , learning the fundamentals of managing change as a managed, organised process not only speeds up how quickly change is implemented it prevents loss of employees and reduces the degree of pessimism in your organisation.

On the other hand if change is unmanaged it takes longer for the organisation to accept the change, become productive again and there is more negativity and pessimism in the workplace.

There are 5 essential factors that need to be considered when managing change, when all of these ‘factors’ are aligned the change process can be implemented with greater effect.

1. Vision.

The First step in managing change is to consider that everyone in your organisation needs a vision. When there is a clear vision this will create buy in from your staff, in addition a clear vision gives everyone a focused common goal to work towards.

Questions to ask yourself and others are;

What is it we want ?
Why are the changes necessary?
Who can see what the future looks like?

2. Skills.

Managing change effectively requires skill, there must be the managerial skills in your organisation for managing change, and the leadership required to make the right decisions.

What skills are needed to make this happen?
Do we need any training?
Do we need and external support?

3. Incentives.

There’s nothing better than to have motivated staff this seldom happens until incentives are aligned and everyone in the organisation have their incentives aligned.
People have different incentives, depending on their values and what motivates them.
People either work for themselves, their organisation, the kudos success will give them, the service they provide, the interest of the job or for the general good of all,

What drives someone may be different and before managing change it is worth finding out what values motivate the staff in your organisation and create incentives to drive your organisation forward and through the change process.

4. Resources.

Resources amounts to your levels of staffing, equipment, IT and finance.
The resources you have at hand create the conditions necessary for change, it is important when managing change that you have the staffing and tools at hand to make it work.

5. Action Plan.

A well worked out project plan of what things need to be done and when avoids confusion and false starts.
With a well organised project plan people know exactly what their roles are and what they need to do and by when. Managing change includes detailed planning and project management.

 Summary.

Change is inevitable but it needs to be managed, managed change is quicker and less people are upset or lost along the way.

Without a vision there is confusion, without the skills at hand anxiety levels increase, without incentives change is slow, when resources are missing there is frustration and  without a plan there are false starts. Managing change is the process where all 5 of these factors are aligned.