Coaching Employees Through Change

Efficiency is the name of the game at Agents of Efficiency (obviously) so we’re making it even more efficient for you to improve your business. Every week, we sort through all the boring stuff to bring you the best tips from the wide world of the web. For this week’s #2tips4tues, we look at coaching employees through change.

Like a chameleon, your business must adapt to its environment frequently. So how can you get everyone on board, in agreement, and acting in accordance with change?

Explain the “Why”

Organizational change research for large companies has shown that when teams understand the reasons behind a change, they are more likely to cooperate. So set aside time to chat with your team and explain the “why” behind what you’re doing. Even more importantly, outline how they will benefit from the new changes being made. Confusion and false assumptions are less likely to brew when teams can get behind their leader.

Engage and Implement in Stages

People often assume that it’s best to ignore or gloss over times when employees voice resistance to change. However, this can lead to a failure of change adoption and employee disengagement over time. Instead, address any resistance or skepticism from team members early on. Engage with your team and implement change in simple stages – especially if your business is making a major shift.