Change in the workplace most of the time it feels scary or uncomfortable to step out of the norm and do things differently. The process of change often feels so bad because we’re accustomed to our habits. But it’s essential in both life and work. We subconsciously fight against change. Although most people agree that once they’ve stepped out of their comfort zone, they’re glad they did. Change is very important in a business setting. Companies that don’t adapt are at risk of stagnation. They may have trouble adapting to the needs of the market. Here are just some of the reasons that change in the workplace is generally positive.
Businesses need change and innovation to grow
It’s impossible to avoid change as a growing business. New ideas and new perspectives are what drive innovation and growth. As the team begins to expand, processes will have to change as well. While a few businesses can get by doing the same thing they’ve done for years, most companies need to be constantly innovating to stay afloat and thrive. Encouraging innovation and change, hiring a diverse workforce, and shaking up company culture regularly are all ways companies can stay competitive in a changing economy. For example, organizations can adapt by staying on top of new trends. Trends like the move toward a circular economy, which emphasizes sustainable initiatives.
Challenge the norm
If you’re like most people, then you probably can’t be expected to do the same job over and over and never get bored. At a certain point, most people feel pushed to change from sheer boredom and lack of any kind of challenge. Eventually, boredom can convince even the most enthusiastic employee to find a new, more challenging job elsewhere. Keeping employees interested in the work they’re doing and retaining the best talent requires a little creativity. Managers need to challenge employees to build new skills by assigning them new responsibilities and changing their everyday workflows from time to time to encourage growth.
Prevents monotony and encourages cultural growth
People don’t want to come to work when it’s the same old thing day after day. Change in the culture should take place on a fairly regular basis, whether that means bringing in new perks, changing seating arrangements, or hosting team-building exercises. Companies should keep their core cultural values constant over time, but little changes in culture break up the monotony and allow new employees to integrate more fully into the culture.
Provides new opportunities
Business changes and innovation provide more than just growth for the company. Employees are opened to more opportunities as changes are made within the organization. Some employees may volunteer to become champions of change. New projects and even new positions will often become available through organizational change. The most motivated and adaptable employees will have a chance to take on more challenging and satisfying work.
New office culture
Convinced that change isn’t the enemy? Then it’s time to start thinking about changes you could make in your own office. Doing things differently in the workplace can be a positive sign that growth is happening, but it can be uncomfortable for employees. Managers and executives need to be ready for some dissent among staff and prepare for it. One way to do this is to implement a change management strategy, which allows leaders to anticipate the challenges within an organization and devise a plan for the successful implementation of changes. A formal policy for handling changes, along with adaptable leadership and transparency, is key for healthy change and a growing company.
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Andrew Deen has been a consultant for startups in almost every industry from retail to medical devices and everything in between. He is currently writing a book about scaling up business and his experience implementing lean methodology.