The world is changing and so his how we work. Due to breakthrough technologies like AI, robotics, seasonal viruses and racial tension; over 96% companies plan to redesign how they work according to Forbes. In addition, the culture of where we work will see some drastic changes as well.
It will be important for organization will need to adapt and change their culture, which means humans or employees will need to change their habits to keep up with the altering work environment. While it is true that investments in digital will be the latest trend, there are still people running the show. The way they think, their approach to collaboration and how they innovate will be a huge factor in the success of any transformation.
Although a vast majority of companies plan to redesign how they work, very few employees feel “change agile.” In retrospect, less than 40% of change initiatives succeed which is frightening. That means that the majority of firms trying to adapt to a new world simply won’t succeed. This will cause a lot of upheaval, unemployment and disruption which can be avoided.
The biggest factor in why organizational change fails, involves a failure to change human habits. In case after case, everything was right — the strategy, the plans, the budget — but the people were not changing. The prevailing theories for how to change organizational culture simply don’t line up with the latest science about how humans learn, develop, and grow.
There are three types of activities needed to occur for an organization or even an individual change to succeed.
- Every employee needs to understand that there are new priorities that really matter. These priorities need to be easily recallable, sticky ideas that make complete sense with everything else going on and get people thinking in new ways. They need to appear desirable, as well as feasible. Without those three factors, people will not pay sufficient attention to a change.
- The harder work, involves building true habits that support these priorities. Building habits take time and attention, it doesn’t happen by just wanting to.
- Create systems that support everything, to keep the priorities and habits alive. As a simple example, you can get people to want to be healthier, but to do so they have to actually go and exercise, and that’s much easier if give them a gym to use and get them to schedule this in their calendars ahead of time.
Staying consistent and keeping change simple will profoundly influence the culture of your organization touching every single employee without lowering productivity. By imagining the future, inspiring your team; you will make it happen.
Questco is there to help you inspire your labor force through a plethora of HR Services such as: Payroll Services, Benefit Plans, Benefits Administration, HR Technology and Workers’ Comp & Safety Services. Utilizing Questco’s vast experience, your company can thrive in today’s environment.
Charlie Reeves, Senior Business Development Manager, has decades of experience in Human Resource Solutions. He is one of the most senior members at Questco and recognized for helping clients of all sizes save money, improve labor efficiency and provide the strongest support for HR Services. As an entrepreneurs himself, he has lived the long days and sleepless nights on the road to success. He brings the skill and scale to support you in the pursuit of your goals. For more information on payroll services, benefit plans, benefits administration, HR technology, workers’ comp and safety services email Charlie.Reeves@questco.net or contact him directly at 936.521.5841.