Change management and training in the ever-changing corporate world
How right was Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus, who said that “Nothing endures but change?” His words, often mistranslated as ‘change is the only constant’ but essentially implying the same meaning, have trickled down through time and through all stages of our society between his time, many centuries ago and now. Those who understand the true importance of this philosophy would realise the value of Change Management and Training in corporate.
The environment of our workplace is subject to constant change due to the dynamic nature of the market. Technology, methodology, planning, procedures and every other activity in any business is subject to constant and often unpredictable change. Such change may be caused by external factors or may be induced by company’s own management in order to achieve overall improvement in efficiency and productivity or simply to keep pace with the world. It may be in the form of change of plans, change of machines and technology, improvisation or a complete overhaul of current techniques, and maybe even the change of staff.
Change Management and Training is indispensable for those management professionals and organizations who want to keep up with new developments in their field of work and the world in general. Everything from the most minute change in regulations to vital changes in an organization’s structure can cause great discomfort among team members. Not only do they tend to get intimidated, but they might actually go out of their way to resist the change. This will disrupt normal working of the office and greatly reduce productivity, leading to high losses for the company. What the management needs is to incorporate skills in themselves, which will enable them to help other employees and gradually ease them into the new process.
Even the most brilliant idea for a positive change will turn out to be pretty much useless if it does not have the full support of the employees. It needs proper communication and explanation. This is where Change Management and Training comes in to save the day. A ‘change manager’ needs to make sure that he highlights the ‘pros’ of the imminent change. He or she needs to make sure that the employees anticipate the change with eagerness and not dread.
Not only employees but even other senior members and even the stakeholders must be brought on aboard to be excited about the transformation. Besides spelling out the advantages of the change, the manger also needs to explain to all relevant parties that why the proposed change is necessary and what damage would be caused to the company if they do not go through with it. Change Management and Training is necessary for any management to form an ‘authoritative alliance’. This is in order to secure long term support, since a significant change may take time to completely evolve. An authoritative alliance includes a mix of people from all levels of the organization with different job profiles and roles.
The key to successful Change Management and Training is proper strategy and planning. The training not only teaches you how to develop a clear vision but also the right tactics for change managers to make their ‘orders’ seem logical and for the betterment of all involved parties. Some of the most famous and renowned professors of change management teach at esteemed institutions in Dubai, which has become the new hub for multinational companies and worldwide organizations. Any interested organization can request for their prospectus and course specifications. Alternatively, most of the big institutes have their own websites with downloadable copies of their brochures or online pages giving details about the curriculum, duration of the course and eligibility criteria, if any.