Can we just stop talking about change as though there is an end? As though, if we can just get through this current change, everything will settle down?
It won’t happen. We know that intuitively. We might wish for change to halt and give us a break, but does it ever? Have you noticed that everything you communicate to employees has to do with change:
- New benefits
- Different strategy
- New leaders
- The market
- Instead of talking about when “integration is scheduled to be complete,” what about engaging employees in discussion about “how can we continue the great business process improvement work spawned by integration to improve other parts of the organization?”
- Instead of just spoon-feeding how-tos on a new software tool and giving deadlines for migration action steps, how about creating a wiki where new users can share techniques they discover and things they love about the new tool?
- Instead of talking to employees about “until the market settles down,” what about conducting a web-based town hall that solicits ideas for how the organization can streamline processes and be more innovative all the time, not just in tough times?