How you plan for change plays a big part in the effectiveness of your strategy and the outcome across the entire organisation. However, it’s not always easy to plan for change. Sometimes, change is spontaneous.
This is a very dominant issue right now, as many organisations grapple with the fallout of COVID-19. Disruption, you might say, has never been more prevalent. So, what is the course of action in these surprise situations?
The answer, it seems, isn’t in an action plan or strategy, but could be in the foundational culture your organisation is built on. In our last Disruption Circle event, prominent HR directors discussed the important role business culture plays in change management.
It seems that things we do in non-disrupted periods can really affect the way all change (even when spontaneous) is effectively managed. Simply encouraging employees to ‘speak up’ can help you better weather the storm of uncomfortable change.