Making Change a Positive Experience

Communication is key By Christopher Nagy   A necessary transformation if a company wants to remain relevant and innovative. It is necessar…

Communication is key

By Christopher Nagy

 

A necessary transformation if a company wants to remain relevant and innovative.

It is necessary because the world around us is in a constant state of change. Without change, we can’t keep up. Without change, we wither on the vine.

With change we learn, we blossom and we grow.

There has been some change within the Dow Michigan Operations I-Park. But this change in motion was planned and signifies tremendous progress. And progress means opportunity – plain and simple. Such intentional change can take some moxie and drive. And it becomes clear who can adapt: Those willing also succeed.

 

How can an employer help a company’s staff adapt to change?

 

  • It helps to have a modicum of transparency between management and employees; with those employees understanding they don’t need to know every specific behind that change in order to get the job done.
  • Lead your staff through transitions by focusing on the planned outcome. Reinvigorate them with team building, educational opportunities and recognition.
  • Build confidence through leading by example. Positivity from management can quickly dispel any uncertainty.
  • When presented with ideas to help the transition, be open and flexible. Instead of saying “no” or “no, but,” learn to say “yes, and …”
  • Communication is key. Your staff should be in the know before changes make the local news. Work with them, speak efficiently but listen just as effectively.

For some within the Dow Michigan Operations I-Park, the change is evident but so is the growth. That growth is leading to continued success and paving the way for the future.

Change, when done with intention and proper planning is good. Very good indeed.

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