Technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace, and ineffective technology will prevent your business from accomplishing its goals. Embracing technological changes will empower businesses to accomplish more in less time. The transformations that technology has brought about in the business world are mind-boggling and with progress comes stress.
Without a defined change management strategy in place, avoidable inconsistencies are more likely to occur and you risk disrupting essential operations and losing valuable team members due to burnout. Keeping that in mind, before you begin implementing new technology in your infrastructure, you must understand how ineffective technology can hurt your business and the significance and business-building opportunity of effective change management.
Change management is an approach that deals with changes or transformations in organizational processes, objectives, and technologies. The goal of change management is devising strategies to implement and govern transformation while helping your team adjust to it.
Making a case for dumping ineffective tech and trusting change management:
Change management is crucial because:
- It addresses the effects of change on individuals, processes, and more – Every change has repercussions in multiple areas of an organization, and change management helps address each of these.
- It enables organizations to prosper in an ever-changing business environment – Organizations that use change management achieve better results even when managing multiple distinct transformations.
- It empowers people – Change management prepares, empowers, and supports people to adapt to changes in their workflows, environments, and technology.
- It increases the success rate of a transformation – Excellent change management increases the likelihood of meeting objectives by reducing risks.
What could go wrong with ineffective change management?
- Gaps in Communication – Effective communication is, without a doubt, one of the most critical factors for organizational success. Employee resistance may develop if they feel bombarded with changes and aren’t comfortable expressing their concerns due to a lack of two-way communication. Communication breakdowns or gaps cause demotivation, employee frustration, a lack of collaboration, attrition, and ultimately, business failure.
- Employee resistance and frustration – You should expect some of your employees to resist change initially. However, failing to handle it proactively could undermine your objectives. If ignored, it eventually leads to disengagement, decreased productivity, and increased absenteeism. Plus, if an employee is frustrated for an extended period, it may create a dull workplace atmosphere that will eventually affect other employees.
- Workflow glitches and stoppages – Workflow glitches and stoppages are obstacles that no aspiring business should tolerate. Remember, neglecting such hurdles can harm productivity, timeliness, and future prospects. It’s worth noting that in today’s complex business environments, unexpected workflow glitches and stoppages will almost certainly have a cascading effect and destabilize other related/dependent business components.
- Lost productivity – In an era when businesses compete to optimize their productivity and be the best in their domain, lost productivity can certainly eat into the profitability of a careless business.
An effective change management strategy is critical for businesses to tackle all the problems listed above. Are you fully equipped with the experience and expertise to handle it on your own? If you feel your company lacks certain resources, it’s best to work with an MSP capable of easing your transition to a higher-performing technology ecosystem.
With our wealth of experience and knowledge surrounding successful technology change management, we may be the ideal partner for your company. Feel free to contact us to set up a consultation.
Additionally, to learn more about change management, feel free to download our infographic “Technology Change Management Best Practices” by clicking here.