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5 Ways to Engage Employees in Change Projects

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Engaging employees in change projects is essential to ensure that the change initiative is accepted and “sticks.” Consider these five ways to engage employees in your next change initiative.

  1. Get employees involved in shaping the change early on. Ask their opinions via a survey or in focus groups. This enables employees to provide their thoughts, concerns and feedback. When employees are involved in shaping the change they are more committed to the change overall.
  2. Ensure a cross representative group of employees who will actually work on the tasks associated with the change project. Since employees will be working with the change, it is important that they serve on the team who is working on the change project.
  3. Ask for feedback throughout the change initiative. As the change project progresses, ask employees to provide their thoughts through participation in pilot group testing, surveys, an internal website, focus group sessions or in one-on-one conversations. Enabling for continuous feedback enables for shaping a change initiative that will work for employees.
  4. Consider creating a stakeholder support committee. This group, comprised of employees from throughout the organization, enables for regular engagement in the change initiative. For complex change initiatives in particular, a stakeholder support committee are your champions on the project and keep others engaged in the initiative through sharing information about the change project.
  5. Once the change initiative is launched, be sure to check in with employees after they have had time to work with the change. This may be through surveys, focus groups, department meetings or in other forums. Use this check in time to determine improvements that may be made to ensure the next change initiative is even better.
Posted by Gina Abudi on: September 11, 2017 02:36 PM | Permalink

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Organizational change management is such an important component of every implementation project! Thank you for the tips in engaging employees and keeping them committed.

The more the merrier when it comes to change, Stephane. Hence I love the idea of Stakeholder Support Committees as it gets a broader group involved in the initiative.

Yes, there should be different support levels, leveraging change champions and change ambassadors.

Gina, BIG thanks for the artice!
As it is about ways to engage employees in change projects, a reliable and honest communication is important embedded in an Organizational Change Model covering the steps from Vision, Design, Implement and Sustain the change.
Engagement has a better chance from my experience, as soon as employees can understand the following key points in practical terms:
Why do we need the change and what does it means for my role and responsibility?
How will it happen and what is expected from me?
What does the transformation means to me and how will I get supported to cope with the transformation?

Thanks for your comment, Peter. I have a questionnaire that I have clients fill out prior to initially communicating on change to ensure we cover key points - including a number of items you mentioned!

I agree with all the point made in charge project. The 5 key point Analysis are basic. It open doors for better understanding within all that are involved in the project. The balancing point is the Employee.
Thank you Abudi.
Thank your, l am learning better from you the experts.

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