In the runup to the election we have been hearing a lot about the changes political parties would like to make and that got us thinking about change management in organisations. If you are looking to make some changes in your workplace it can seem daunting, so here’s some top tips to bear in mind.
1. Draw up your ‘manifesto’
Whilst it may be tempting to jump straight in with trying to implement your ideas, proper planning is important. It will help you to get all your ducks in a row and reduce the likelihood problems will arise later. Particularly for significant changes, it’s important to be clear about the ‘who, what, when, why and how’:
- What changes are you proposing?
- Why are you proposing them?
- Who may be affected?
- How will they be affected – is it a wholly beneficial change such as increasing employees holiday entitlement, or something more contentious such as a proposed restructure, redundancy or reduction of a benefit?
The answers to these questions will affect how you try to implement the changes and enable you to assess the impact your proposals will have on your workforce. Remember, it’s important to be alert to potential issues of discrimination.
2. Communication is key
Whether you are proposing minor changes or ones which will have a significant impact it’s important that the changes you wish to make are clearly and appropriately communicated to employees. Remember that change of any kind can be unsettling so it’s important for managers to be prepared to deal calmly and patiently with employees who may be unhappy or upset.
3. Do the right thing at the right time
When trying to implement changes it’s important to go about it in the right way. The process you should follow will depend on what changes you are trying to make and how many employees may be affected. Significant changes such as those regarding changes to terms and conditions or re-organisations should not simply be imposed on employees as this may result in employment tribunal claims, instead a specific process involving employee consultation should be undertaken. It’s important to seek advice on the changes you wish to make before taking any action. Kingfisher Professional Services Ltd can give you detailed practical advice on your situation and the appropriate process to follow.
If you have an employment law matter you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact us as we are happy to help.