5 Must-Do Methods to Manage Teams Through Change
Change on any level comes with an amount of discomfort, especially when we’re talking about change in the workplace. Even if your team is a well-oiled machine, adaptation to new circumstances has its challenges. But there are approaches you as the manager can easily take to make the transition smoother:
- Communicate Clearly and Often: Discomfort is fueled by uncertainty, so when people feel left in the dark, an atmosphere of anxiety is created. Not to mention the rumor-mill. In times of change, crank all channels of communication to 11, hire a town crier, use all means necessary to be as clear and transparent as possible.
- Set Clear Expectations: Knowing there’s a light at the end of the tunnel makes fumbling along in the dark less scary. Fight feelings of helplessness by providing clear, realistic expectations of purpose. Readily share these expectations with all stakeholders.
- Encourage Feedback and Input: Healthy, productive communication is a two-way street with many lanes. Don’t just broadcast from a pulpit -- be on the same level as your team to get on the same page. Start writing the next chapter empowered together!
- Support and Empower Your Team: Change often requires innovative solutions which may come from a place you hadn’t considered. Enabling your team to contribute not only their feedback but also to their own collective success of weathering the storm and rebuilding after is a key element of your role as leader.
- Lead by Example: The team isn’t the only one going through this change. Set healthy, personal boundaries while demonstrating determination, advocating on their behalf when called to do so. Invest in your team by investing in yourself.