Across the nation, businesses must be flexible--change is here and it is time to focus on our employees. Our teams, our people need leadership to move forward.
According to the 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer, 64% of people believe that there will be valuable innovations and change as a result of the pandemic. Embracing even positive changes in the face of adversity can be difficult. As managers and business leaders, it's our job to assist our employees and ready them for changes while highlighting the long-term positive opportunities for them and the whole workplace.
In this issue of HR Insights, the ReWork Editors discuss “Learning in Times of Change.” Their description of the change cycle (loss, doubt, discomfort, discovery, understanding, integration) is interesting. The knowledge that everyone experiences this cycle in the same order, but at different rates and in different ways, is good insight for managers.
Remember, trust is an important ingredient for every manager to build with their employees. Teams look to their managers to walk them through the new paths ahead. Healthy, consistent, open communication before you hit the path as well as during the numerous bumps and celebrations along the way helps build trust and helps your employees act as a team. My first mentor used to say, “when leading people, especially during times of change, look around often and be sure everyone is in the boat or on the path.” So as we engage with employees, we can monitor responses to change and provide appropriate support for whichever stage of the change cycle they are in. We can provide learning opportunities to help them adapt and support any undertakings they find on their own.
Over the past 40 years, Employment Enterprises has seen numerous workforce changes at the national and local levels. Because change is the only constant, it is always the right time for leadership to employ best practices and provide resources and communication to help employees thrive.
Lovey Hammel, President
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
—Viktor E. Frankl
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