Change is challenging, but in the modern workplace, it is also inevitable. Change takes many forms
from introducing a new senior team or CEO, new ways of working, implementing new technologies,
or even downsizing or relocating.
As change professionals understand only too well, a change programme will only be successful if an
organisation’s workforce is on-board and informed, but with many people finding change
overwhelming, this can be a challenge.
So as leaders, what can be done to ensure successful employee engagement in the change
programme? In addition to a clear vision, strong leadership, and open lines of communication,
harnessing those in the workforce who are positive, early adopters of the change programme – the
change champions – can be hugely beneficial.
Those employees who can take on the role of change champion will:
- Have a good understanding of the organisation
- Be solutions focused
- Have a willingness to embrace change and listen to new ideas
- Be good networkers and communicators
- Focus on people
- Be willing to take risks
- Communicate effectively with leaders
Engaging and motivating change champions early on in the change process can have a significant
impact on the outcomes of the change management programme, if they are well managed,
developed, and supported. However, it is important to note that the change champion is only one
string in the change and transformation bow, and should form part of the wider strategy.
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