Over the last 10 years, large and small companies have chosen new workspace solutions that challenge the one desk per person tradition. Today, the focus has shifted to providing a workplace environment that encourages a flow of movement and allows employees to choose the right surroundings for the task – quiet spaces for individual work, or larger open areas for group collaboration.
Workplace change can have a positive impact on employee productivity and morale. Change is inspiring, new, and fresh.
But with all change comes challenge and a period of adjustment. Ensuring you are prepared for what lies ahead can make the transition as smooth as possible.
Planning for Workplace Change
Successful workplace change requires a structured plan and involvement from the top levels of management in any organization. To soften the impact that workplace change has on employees, clearly communicate the details of change early and often. Below are some things to consider when developing your plan for workplace change.
Goals for Change
What are your goals for workplace change?
What outcome will be achieved?
Why it is important to make this change?
What are the consequences if the change is not made?
Impact of Change
Define what will be affected by workplace change.
Define how the change will impact each department.
Define how the change will impact employees.
Define how the change will impact customers.
Benefits of Change
Clearly outline the benefits you expect from workplace change. Here are a few examples:
fresh, new working environment
better team collaboration
improved employee productivity
improved employee engagement
improved employee interaction
improved employee wellbeing
attract new talent
Taking the time to define what workplace change will look like and how it will impact your organization can go a long way in making the transition as smooth as possible for your company and for your employees.