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The Role of Management in Organization Change

 

We all know that there’s only one thing that is constant in this life of ours and that is change itself. Change can be scary and cause anxiety but it can also be rewarding at the same time. Even though things in our life are constantly changing, it doesn’t not mean that our response to it gets any easier. It could be something as significant as a merger or acquisition situation for a company or something common like layoffs within an organization. Whether the change is big or small, the role of management is crucial to know how changes are handled in a workplace.

Change is inevitable in every organization and it’s necessary for survival. Your role as a leader or a manager is to adapt and adopt so that you can:

  • Help facilitate the transition of the change that is occurring
  • Overcome any resistance
  • Build resistance within your department

You’re a vital link to the pipeline to ensure the success of the changes that take place. It’s very important that leaders, managers and supervisors are aware of their dual responsibility throughout the course of change – both to themselves and their direct reports. Supervisors and managers are in unique positions and they are more apt to hear a direct communication from the executive level of a company that is related to change and then they must be able to translate this transition and vision of change into a concrete term for their staff. Regardless of their reactions and personal opinions to the change that is happening, they are obligated to do their best to make this transition work.

To simplify and make things easier for you as a manager in the midst of impending change within your company, it’s very important to bear in mind to keep things transparent and neutral. From the onset, your role is to make your employees aware about the upcoming change and remind them that they can depend on you to keep them informed. The more information is kept closed off, the more it create an anxious environment within the workforce. So rather than being discreet and thinking ‘what they don’t know can’t hurt them’, be upfront and open with your employees and it’ll go a long way to a healthier workplace environment.

Every great manager knows how important being neutral is. Acknowledge your opinions and emotions while keeping a clear head. Playing the role of someone calm, cool and collected will ease off those apprehensions and anxieties of your employees and staying neutral will help keep emotions at bay.

No matter what, the role of a manager when thrown into a situation of change is to continue on unfailingly and to lead by example. While it’s true that change isn’t going to be easy, as a manager, it’s important to keep a level head and create a peaceful and positive workplace environment that is needed to continue despite any turmoils or difficulties.

 

 

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