Organizational Change in the Classroom

As we go through our daily lives, many things change.  Changes such as our address, employer, salary, car, favorite songs, best friends, pets, and what we do in our free time change constantly.  Think about where you were with each of those topics 10 years ago and where you are today.  We tend to take these changes as a part of life and move on.  So, why is it so difficult to accept change when it comes to our daily lives at work?  Why do we get all bent out of shape when someone wants to move our desk a few feet away? It seems that whenever we vary from the familiarity of our work environment our stress level increases.

As trainers we have several ways that we can help with change in our organizations:

1.  Provide training.  When staff member receives new duties, do not assume they know how to accomplish them.  Give staff time to learn and practice their new tasks.

2. Admit that change can be stressful.  Ignoring the fact that staff is stressed out over the change can make stress increase.  Do not ponder on it.  However, if you admit it and make yourself available, staff may relax a bit.

3. Keep training positive.  Positive energy flowing through the classroom will help ward off the negative thoughts that often come with change.

4. Stress the good things that will come out of this change.  What are the benefits to the employee(s)?  Everyone wants to know what is in it for them.  Although we can cite the benefits for the organization easily in most cases, it has been proven that the more that changes benefit the organization the more the stress level increases.  If employees see the benefits to them personally, that stress level decreases.  If you can get staff to figure out the positives, it will even be more powerful in reducing stress.

What are your ideas?


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