Business is a permanent change. Of customers, products, people, business environment, successes and failures. And once the company is up and running, you make a mistake: the status quo. How do you establish permanent change management in your company?
How can the company go about change?
How can you make things happen in your company, to break the risk of the status quo?
This dossier offers you an answer. It is theoretically aimed at companies with employees. But we will see that it works even if you work alone.
The company and change management often looks like this:
Employee A has a great idea.
His manager makes him fill in the documents and forms X, Y, Z to describe it.
His manager sends it to meetings A, B, C, etc. to present it.
This takes weeks.
He doesn’t get a response for 2 months. (if he ever gets an answer!)
So, the employee gives up. And the company doesn’t evolve, it stagnates.
In doing so, it is on the defensive, no matter what happens.
How to enable change within the company?
Introduce a change in the company.
Ask questions afterwards.
If employee A thinks that changing points X, Y and Z will improve the company, then :
Employee A should do it immediately.
The company can always go back if necessary.
What happens when you open the company to change?
By doing so, you get a truly motivated team looking for ways to improve your business.
With time, it’s no longer a question of doing your job. It’s a question of participating actively, with pleasure, in the development of the company. “I did it!” your employees will say or say to each other.
As a result, changing your company becomes a culture. It is a positive energy that flows naturally through each person in the team. Change becomes logical and endless.
You no longer have to chat for hours about whether you should change procedure A or product B to something else. You try it, ask questions afterwards, and decide whether to keep or go back to the previous box.
Even better: by instituting change as a culture, employees are no longer afraid of change.
When you don’t know where you’re going, you’re afraid, and that’s perfectly legitimate. On the other hand, when you know that the company is moving and that change in the company is natural, the fear fades.
It’s no longer fear, it’s enthusiasm.
I don’t agree! My employees are not smart enough/qualified/able to do it
Think back to your last workstation. And what you were thinking about to improve that work.
What was it like?
Employees know how to improve certain aspects of their work better than anyone else.
Change. Ask questions afterwards. You’ll see!
The company and change when working alone
The principle is the same, except that the change is to be realized in you.
The idea is to test your ideas without preconceived ideas, with the means to go back if the answers to the questions are not favourable.
What can be worse than before? You started from scratch. And you’ve taken risks to develop your company. So there is little risk in trying new things. Especially if you plan to go back just in case!