Are you seeking a change in your workplace? Is the chatter in the lunch room, vending area, or staff meeting about workplace change? Is organized change possible?
It seems almost everyone is seeking some change. Personally, we may seek to get in better shape, lose a pound or two, or quit some bad habits.
Workplaces seek change often. Changes to adapt to customer needs, changes because of economic conditions or government policies.
Do People Change?
It doesn’t take long in a conversation about change for someone to suggest that people often don’t change. Discussions normally center around whether the individual desires the change or not.
It seems then that the trick of having organized change is the organization part. This where change is planned, it is organized. It isn’t spur of the moment, such as a flat tire that alters your plan, or a bad storm halts things at the airport.
Are people going to change to the needs of the organization?
Perhaps, if they become interested enough to be pulled (compelled) to change.
There were the days when people didn’t want to give up their typewriters, fax machines, or corded phones. Eventually, for many, but not all, change won.
Was it organized?
Every individual in the organization has the power to change. They can arrive with a different attitude, pivot bad habits to good, and learn new things. Arguably, if they want to.
When everyone is convinced change won’t happen and change cannot be organized there is still an opportunity. The opportunity is to establish the change in a compelling manner such that the change is better than the alternative.
Change shouldn’t be threatening or bullying, rather a desirable force of the individuals.
Sometimes we call that culture.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.