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11 April 2016
Change Management refers to any approach to transitioning individuals, teams, and organisations using methods intended to re-direct the use of resources, business process, budget allocations, or other modes of operation that significantly reshape a company or organisation.
To achieve their goals, companies who undertake this transition ultimately inflict change on their staff and often what comes with it is a re-structure of positions which can mean hiring new staff to meet their needs or making positions obsolete to meet their needs… All of which, means that it will affect us in some way or another.
If we are not directly affected by this then we may know someone who is. This means that you are then on the periphery of the companies’ transition. This indirect change may take away a colleague or friend from your workplace who you eat lunch with, catch up with, share your life story with, or they may have stayed with the company and have moved away from the area to relocate to another position in another city or state. This connection from work is very important as you spend 8 hours of your day with your colleagues and if you don't see that staff member around on a regular basis, this can make you feel sad because the change has affected you albeit indirectly.
Change is what happens to us every single minute of the day. Life is fluid, not stagnant, change happens around us and often, we are not in control of this, and this is what causes us to sometimes resent the outcome when it is imposed upon us and not of our own choosing.
I am writing about this as I am experiencing my own change management with my current job. This involves leaving one position and commencing another which is closer to where I live and will be better for my family. To make this transition, I had to weigh up the pros and cons of what my needs were for the long term and the impact and effect of staying in my current position would have on:
2: my family
3: my business
This was quite difficult as I love what I do, and do what I love. To me, what kept me in this position where I would travel over 300km to my job and live there for almost a week, then travel home on my time off was the enjoyment of doing what I love. It was a culmination of the environment I worked in, the staff I had around me and the clients that I would see. So what made it different? What made me decide to leave after a few years of happy travelling?
Change management happened from within my organisation which didn't directly affect me or my position but directly affected those around me, the way that they dealt with it then impacted on me, hence the review of my life choices.
I am a very sensitive person and as an empath, I do not wish to see unhappy people in my workplace. Yes, I know, there are a lot of unhappy people that do go to work but after seeing my colleagues who were happy, to then see them become unhappy really affected me. Gone were the happy smiles, the relaxed atmosphere, the ambiance and joy of walking into the office to be greeted with light-hearted good humoured banter, conversation and that feeling of warmth and belonging. Replacing of this warm happy feeling due to changes in policy slowly over the last 12 months resulted in me seeing unhappy, overworked and almost resentful staff who were unable or unwilling to speak up for fear of losing their jobs or if they did, were at risk of creating industrial action.
Has this happened to you? If so, you are not alone and this leads me to ask yourself this question:
How do I feel when I walk into my workspace and place? Am I really happy being here or do I just tolerate what I am doing to pay the bills?
This is a very personal question and is specifically designed to make you think about what you want and the effect it is having on:
2: your family or
3: your business
I ask you to ask yourself this because our time here on earth is very, very short and really, doing something you love (and sometimes being paid for it) will benefit you more in the long term rather than just working because you can, or have to.
Enjoyment is a total body experience. Happiness and satisfaction come from within; the key player in this feeling is the brain. If your brain is not being exercised or stimulated then it does not create the right ‘feel good’ hormones (serotonin) which then travel around the body to give you the warm fuzzy feeling of being satisfied, loved and appreciated.
Knowing this about change management and the effects on the person, if you are going through these sorts of experiences at this point in time. Ask yourself this:
Are you really where YOU are supposed to be at this point in time? If the answer is no, look at your life choices and decide what will suit your needs.
Be brave and undertake your own Change Management restructure. Big business is not the only one in control of you.