The last few years have demonstrated that those who adapt to change quickly are likely to do well. All the changes that have occurred – from remote working, travel restrictions, click and collect shopping – have needed agile and focused responses to them.
Change takes place every day in business, whether it is new projects, employee programs, to improve products or be more competitive in the market. Any change, whether it’s implementing new processes or technology, or a business-wide transformation, will affect all stakeholders. Change management is about how to implement changes at the same time as ensuring employees are comfortable with those changes.
Change management is swiftly becoming a key area that needs to be integrated with project management, to ensure the success of change within organisations.
What is the difference between change and project management:
Why is change management necessary?
If change is inevitable, why do companies need to consider change management as part of their project management strategy?
Project management tends to focus most on results and fulfilling the aim of the project. The team on the project may include people from various areas of the business, they aren’t always able to address the impact of the project on those in the organisation who aren’t part of the project team.
Those outside the project team may be confused, anxious or resistant about the project because they don’t understand the need for the project changes or aren’t sure how to adapt to new processes. Without all of those affected by the change fully on board, the project can be stalled, or the outcomes aren’t realised in a meaningful way.
Change management supports the people affected by the project to transition seamlessly, acting as the support team for the project. Change managers must create and then deliver positive messaging about the project, communicating the reason for change, and help those affected to identify issues and work forward effectively.
How to implement change management
Change management is a set of possibilities for addressing the people-side of business changes. It brings together many different tools and processes such as communication, sponsorship, coaching et cetera.
Technology can also measure the success of change management initiatives and understand if people are adopting change as required, to maximise the chances of the project’s outcomes being realised. Technology allows change managers to streamline documentation, track information, improve engagement, and measure key target areas such as change effectiveness, leadership, communication, adoption, and benefits.
Managing change is no mean feat, especially with today’s digital workplace. Get your company up to speed with change and talk to the experts at Linktech Australia to achieve your business goals.