It is my privilege to provide our clients with insight into what’s happening in the New Zealand market. In CDL we are continually updated on the hot topics keeping our clients awake at night and – no surprises at the start of 2016 …. Change is definitely a continuum.
Traditionally, coming back from the holiday break, organisations typically settle back into ‘business as usual’ – not this year! Everybody has hit the ground running. The pace of change is staggering. People are in top gear, driving hard and striving to be at the top of their game in a highly competitive and global market.
Technology and automation are replacing traditional skill sets, and with this comes the obsolescence of many traditional technical jobs, especially across the manufacturing, information technology and media sectors. Technology is also presenting business risk and this risk must be managed. When people face workplace change, they are usually at their most vulnerable. Whether the business is up-sizing, right sizing, downsizing, recruiting new managers, creating new teams, implementing new technology, if employees believe that their employer, or manager, is failing to engage them through change, not communicating vision, not providing relevant information, or disempowering people through change, then the business runs the risk of creating a disgruntled workforce. If not managed well, some of that workforce will turn to social media to vent their frustration … and we all know the power of social media!
FACT – Change is constant, it just keeps on keeping on.
FACT – Embracing change as opportunity drives competitive advantage.
FACT – Up Skilling the workforce with the tools, skills and confidence to deal with the pressure and stress associated with change is a ‘no-brainer’.
FACT – The greater the levels of empowerment and confidence experienced by people; the more they are motivated to embrace change as an opportunity. The greater capability a business retains to deal with change related pressure and stress, the more a business successfully manages the risks associated with change.
Simply stated – if your business is facing change and you are unclear on how to approach and manage change, then try asking yourself two simple questions to start your planning:
- How important is it to protect business brand, stakeholder interests and reputation in the market?
- If you were facing workplace change and uncertainty, how would you want to be treated if your role was at risk of changing?
Some businesses understand the people and business value that comes with effective change management. One such business is Holcim. As a long standing CDL client, we applaud and congratulate HOLCIM New Zealand, who have recently been recognised by HRINZ for their commitment and excellence in managing Organisational Change and Development.