Navigating the people aspect of change journeys
Why change initiatives fail?
How can apathy and inertia be remedied?The redefining of traditional work norms and expectations is causing people to evaluate their work life. If their purpose at work is not compelling, they lose motivation, productivity drops and they are likely to walk out the door. Organisations must know their purpose and what they stand for. They must then have the culture and leadership to follow through, starting at the top. The leaders will set the tone and will need the competencies to draw out the “whys” of their people to create alignment and engagement. This requires trusted and relationally competent leaders. Learn more about how leaders can build trust to find alignment in this masterclass: The Emergent Leadership Imperative.
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Change is often a response to internal and external factors. The external drivers include political developments, social issues, technological advancements, and shifts in the economy. Developments within the organisation can include changes in the company’s management policies or approach, internal systems, procedures, or even employee behaviors and attitudes.
Transformation efforts face three major obstacles, as identified by a PWC study on Strategy and Culture’s Role in Enabling Organizational Change:
48% of respondents say their companies do not have the necessary capabilities to deliver and sustain the change. Quy Huy, Professor of Strategic Management at INSEAD identified that failures in strategy execution is often due leaders lacking emotional literacy to achieve employee alignment and overcome resistance.
Failures in strategy execution is often due leaders lacking emotional literacy.
Employees who are more resilient are better able to manage the discomfort of the changes
Supporting their staff in times of change also involves being able to understand their subtle nonverbal cues in order to address underlying issues.
Managers are lacking the relational skills such as being able to listen empathically which is necessary in order to develop an emotional engagement with their staff so that they can coach them through the necessary changes.
Senior managers have a tendency to exclude lower-level employees in the selection, planning and implementation of change initiatives.
This lack of engagement limits understanding and buy-in. 44% of surveyed respondents say they don’t understand the change they are asked to make and 38% say they don’t agree with it.
nagement may not possess the relational skills to be perceptive of the thoughts and emotions of the various stakeholders. This may cause them to be less likely to have the credibility to lead the change.
Not having the relational skill makes it challenging for the leaders to:
Understand the concerns on the ground
Respond in an appropriate way to solve problems
Create the buy-in necessary to drive change
Change fatigue is a general sense of apathy or resignation towards organisational change.
It often occurs when employees are being asked to follow through on too many changes at once. 65% of survey respondents say they have experienced this.
One of the contributing factors that cause change fatigue is the lack of personal resilience. Employees who are more resilient are better able to manage the discomfort of the changes. This allows them to remain productive instead of being overwhelmed by change fatigue and paralysed into inaction.