Changing Employee Mindsets during a transformation initiative
Updated: May 5, 2021
If you are a business leader about to embark on a business transformation, you must be wondering what is the best way to personalize change so that each individual in your team adheres to the new reality and that there are fewer roadblocks on the way to success.
Unfortunately, there is no magic formula for this.
Organizational change requires a lot of communication and convincing. A one-size-fits-all approach that does not consider employee mindsets will prove inappropriate and undermine progress and final results.
The six steps that you can take to guide your organization through change
Identify the behaviours that need to change across your organization.
Map roadblocks that might prevent employees from adopting the new behaviours.
Before establishing a communication plan, you will need to establish the different personas (or group of employees with similar needs and wants) so that the communication is tailored to each group and addresses what they need to know at the right time and with the right format.
Ideally, you will run a pilot with a subset of the organization so that you can deploy your plans, learn with a smaller group, and adapt before launching to the rest of the organization.
As you deploy, whether during the pilot or with the rest of the teams, gather feedback from employees. This will enable the re-prioritization and personalization of interventions to reduce resistance. Using a dashboard to measure performance against specific metrics will also be useful to provide a view of where things are progressing or lagging.
Sharing successes and learnings across functions and departments will also create momentum and favour change adoption. In addition, this will help reinforce the new behaviours and embed the new reality into the organization's DNA.
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