~by Dixie Somers~
Planning a major company change should include an emphasis on employee adjustments. The impact of relocation or reorganization can be stressful for everyone involved.
To help employees stay focused, consider taking steps like the following.
Give plenty of notice
It’s never a good idea to spring a big change on employees. Give ample notice, months or weeks in advance, to allow preparation and transition time. Email notices, posted bulletins around the premises, and even one-to-one informal discussions let employees feel like a valued part of the process and will allow them time to plan their workload accordingly.
Offer support and assistance
Many changes can loom during a major company event. If physical objects need to be moved, arrange for assistance from a corporate moving service like Wheaton World Wide Moving. Tasks like organizing storage, packing, loading and unloading, as well as setting up office equipment can be managed through a professional service, thus helping to reduce the burden on employees. In addition, professional corporate movers can advise office staff how to transport important items safely and efficiently.
Be willing to negotiate
Employees involved in a company merger or downsizing may request special assistance, such as an extra day off to move their own families or for an important interview if they are being let go. Those directly involved with company activities as a result of the major change will appreciate overtime pay and schedule adjustments. Listening to employee concerns and answering questions honestly and clearly will prevent confusion and reduce gossip to reassure everyone in the organization.
Reward employees for patience and support during the transition period. A free lunch or appreciation dinner, while acknowledging above-and-beyond efforts will enhance company morale and let everyone feel like they played a valuable role that was appreciated. Even a mention in the company newsletter or website displays a sense of camaraderie and may enhance company loyalty.
Be prepared to troubleshoot
No matter how well organized a major transition may be, there is still the chance that something, or some things, will go wrong. Try to anticipate and prepare for any difficulties that may arise, such as a company official who is expecting a child and may deliver early, and thus not be available at a critical time.
A big company change often comes with unexpected opportunities, but also with some challenges. Plan ahead to help employees navigate the impending event with confidence and success.
Dixie Somers is a freelance writer who loves writing for business, finance, and those with an entrepreneurial spirit. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters.