3 Tips To Save Employee Satisfaction During Change

Change Leadership Can Save Employee Satisfaction

Change is our bread and butter

I had just added another spoon of coleslaw to my plate when Mark squeezed through to the BBQ and started to do small talk. It didn’t take us long to find common ground because, like so many organisations, Mark’s employer was going through major changes.

 

Approach Services has been helping leaders and organisations navigate the challenges of change projects and transformation for a decade.

We know the patterns

Mark feels the pressure, and although he has big hopes for 2020, he’s concerned about how he and his team will manage. He’s not enjoying it and finds it hard to motivate his team to perform. Much energy is spent on rumours and water cooler talks.

 

Today I’ll share our 3 top tips to save employee satisfaction during change. And this is what I shared with Mark and would say to his boss.

Don’t forget the people

Empower confident change leadership

Ensure sustainable learning and development

First, don't forget the people

We’ve come a long way. With change being more common, organisations have become more keyed into needing Change Management. And so they throw Change Management in the mix of a project team to deal with the people side of change.

 

However, more effective than someone with the title of a Change Manager is that your leadership team understands how human brains and bodies react to stress and uncertainty. Resistance and worries are inevitable for you as well as your teams. Once you grasp this, you will need to be kind, patient and prepared to deal with a fight, flight and freeze behaviour. This can not be solved with a mass email.

Your people will look at you for help to get through the rough waters.

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In our EXCELerate change leadership workshops, we deliberately create a safe space to work through some of the tension that change can cause. Each workshop gives the people simple tools to navigate change. They create confidence and empower in times when people feel most helpless. It will be as important for you as a leader as for anyone in your team to see where you are still in control. This prevents victim mentality.

Save employee satisfaction during change - unsatisfied employee

Do you struggle to keep your employee's satisfaction during change?

Helping your team through a transition used to be a big headache. Luckily, there is the perfect solution! Try the Resilient Change Leader course for free, and gain control, learn rapid change planning and focus your motivation.

Second, empower confident change leadership

Mark is really keen to be proactive about his situation. I mean, on good days, he is really on board with the changes, wants to prepare his team and gets going. But then he has to deal with the lack of information, the unforeseen sick days and the overall distraction of people by rumours. Most days, it’s hard for him to focus on what matters. He’s swamped, and it doesn’t feel good.

Our EXCELerate Change Leadership program prepare leaders to navigate change with confidence and ease.

Here is the problem: Leaders are the most important asset for companies in change. It doesn’t matter if we are talking about a childcare centre, a hospital, a science centre, a mining giant or Coca-Cola. Your people will look at you for help to get through the rough waters. But you will look at your leader, and he at his and so forth. And everyone is still trying to find their way. So whilst Mark might not be able to give his team certainty about the ins and outs of every step of the way, he should give his team certainty on how to manage change on an individual level and his intentions.

Third, ensure sustainable learning and development

Just as I finished my plate of coleslaw, I also wrapped up my advice to Mark. Look, it is tempting to buy in expertise when you are out of your depth. And, yes, it is often wise to do so. Just make sure it is sustainable. Learning a new skill like leading through change and managing change is establishing a new habit. It is actually a change in itself.

Therefore you will get excited about it but at the same time feel unsure, you’ll resist when it is too hard and make excuses when you can’t get it to work. To succeed, you’ll need someone to hold you accountable. You will need a refresher every now and then until managing change becomes part of how you manage.

Save employee satisfaction during change - satisfied employees
Save employee satisfaction during change - unsatisfied employee

Do you struggle to keep your employee's satisfaction during change?

Helping your team through a transition used to be a big headache. Luckily, there is the perfect solution! Try the Resilient Change Leader course for free, and gain control, learn rapid change planning and focus your motivation.

Resilient change leaders rise to the challenge, commit to the future and work on what is in their control.

A confident leader creates a safe space for his team. Whilst some things are uncertain, others are within your control. A proactive change leader can even help the C-Suite find answers to the questions they haven’t gotten to yet.

We recognise this, so we ask organisations to accredit their in-house trainers on our EXCELerate Change Leadership program. This is a cost-effective and sustainable way to build empowered change leadership across the entire organisation and over time.

Happy Change!

Eva

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Eva is one of the masterminds behind Approach Services' blog and The 6 Cents of Change. She is an innovator, trainer and change manager. Her work has been published in the Schmalenbach Journal of Business Research. In her spare time, she enjoys camping with her two little boys and permaculture gardening.

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