Why Apply Change Management Principles to Your Technology Upgrade

The technological landscape has advanced dramatically over the last couple of decades and continues to move faster than anyone could have ever imagined. Failure to keep up with the latest technology trends and current business practices can put your company at risk, but just investing in next-generation technologies does not guarantee successful implementation.

When implementing new technology, you may want to get started as soon as possible so that you can reap the benefits right away. However, implementing new technology and solutions too quickly without following any change management best practices can lead to workflow glitches and stoppages, resulting in employee frustration and lost productivity.

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Change management for resilience considers people, processes and technology to ensure long-term success.

Six benefits you’ll experience from change management principles:

1. Accountability

When it comes to transformations, it’s advisable to hold someone accountable for effectively executing changes because it’s difficult to reap the expected outcomes of a change without considering the people, processes, workflows and so on that are in the crosshairs. Proper guidance, systematic delegation and an increased sense of accountability are unavoidable when contemplating transitions.

Remember that the underlying goal of change is usually to create more value. In many cases, the people impacted by the change will be beneficiaries of a portion of that value. Those individuals will need to adjust to the new environment and capitalize on new chances to contribute value to themselves and the organization.

That’s why a good change management strategy is crucial. It mainly focuses on the people side of change, assisting project delivery with timely and focused interventions to help people adopt change. All other affected components are also kept under watch.

2. Stakeholder buy-in

When change occurs in an organization, it impacts many individuals directly and indirectly. We call them the stakeholders, who consist of employees, teams, partners, sponsors, etc. Stakeholder buy-in is the force that binds a project’s pieces together during any change initiative.

A solid change management strategy ensures that all stakeholders, including senior management, are on the same page for the transformation to be successful.

3. Greater cost-efficiency

Cost-efficiency is one of the most popular tactics for increasing a company’s profit-maximizing capabilities. Businesses assess cost-efficiency by tracking the ratio of output obtained to costs incurred. Another way to do that is to compare revenue generated to expenses incurred.

A business becomes more profitable if the decisions made by it are cost-efficient. Therefore, adopting an effective change management strategy is one of the considerations that any savvy company will undertake since it will slash expenses and unnecessary costs.

4. Clean handoffs

If a transformation occurs without applying change management principles, it will not be well documented, clearly communicated or properly approved, making handoffs to new employees difficult. You will almost certainly have to invest more time and effort in comprehending the work done so far or training someone who has been left out of the loop.

To avoid such scenarios, always prioritize change management.

5. Sustainable improvements

Change management enables organizations to improve in a sustainable manner, looking beyond immediate short-term financial results to create long-term value. It assists businesses in adapting to changing environments, aligning their investments and crucial business activities, products and services in ways that are consistent with their overall vision.

6. Less likely to cause “change burnout”

The psychological impact of implementing too many changes at once is too severe to ignore. Employees may feel exhausted and demotivated, sometimes even leaving an organization due to persistent uncertainty. Change-affected employees report moderate-to-high stress levels in 73% of cases, and those suffering from change-related stress perform 5% worse than the average employee.*

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Adapting to change is a difficult task. If you don’t implement change management principles, you risk damaging key processes and losing critical team members to burnout. However, you’ll have to put in a lot of extra time and effort if you do it alone. An expert like us with years of experience and subject knowledge could be just what your business requires.

Contact us today to schedule a no-obligation consultation to discuss how we can help you implement change management best practices.

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* Gartner