Organizational change is a complex process that requires careful planning and execution. To ensure successful implementation, it is essential to have a strategic vision and business case. According to research conducted by Prosci, those who use a structured approach are 33% more likely to experience good or excellent effectiveness in managing change. Middle managers are often the most resistant to change, but this can be mitigated if they are comprehensively addressed in the change plan.
Automating tools can help minimize the burden of change management processes on teams, while proactive change management communication can create a desire for change across the workforce. Leaders must be proactive in guiding the organization through change and participating throughout the life cycle of change. Change management professionals should also be aware that communication is key to successful implementation, and an intentional and defined approach to managing change provides the structure needed to stay the course. Proactive identification of barriers can allow the organization to respond to and resolve problems that create resistance to change.
By following these best practices, organizations can ensure successful implementation of organizational changes and reap the rewards of improved processes, products, services, or organizational cultures.