In today’s climate, organizational agility is essential to keep pace with rapid change. Digitally driven transformation must be executed with cohesive teams who view change as a journey rather than a destination. The last problem you need as a business leader is to have barriers to change during a business transformation. Understanding how to overcome barriers to change accelerates company growth and employee satisfaction. In this article, we will discuss the top five barriers to change and how to overcome them to ensure a smooth and quick business transformation.

Fear of the Unknown

In business and life, people resist change because they are afraid of the unfamiliar, and it is easier to stay comfortable with what we already know. However, this frame of mindset stunts our growth by keeping us in one place. It is up to business executives to encourage their employees to not fear change by helping them see the benefits of adopting the change.

Ineffective Management

For employees to embrace and follow new workplace practices, business leaders need to help employees understand how these new procedures will benefit them. Create a training program to show how dedicated you are to ensure your employees have a smooth transition into the new guidelines/strategies.

Lack of Communication

Communication is one of the most important factors in ensuring your employees accept the new changes. When an organization does not have a strong sense of communication, the entire company suffers. Management needs to be very clear on the changes that the company is implementing. And they need to develop a strategy to help their employees adapt to each change. When everyone is on the same page and understands what is expected of them, the organization can swiftly shift over to a business transformation.

Keep It Simple

Avoiding complexity in organizational change or change management is essential to ensuring the transition is as smooth, effortless as possible. Complexity tends to make people afraid or unsure of the processes. For a business to embrace change, business leaders may need to implement small steps that reach a total business transformation overtime. By breaking up the process, employees will slowly immerse in the process and gradually become fully involved with time.

Overlooking Employees

When new business practices or workflows are introduced, employees experience fear and resistance to the new change. Unsuccessful organizations overlook or do not notice their employees’ feelings and move at full speed to implement the new changes. However, this can result in disgruntled employees and can harm the organizational culture. Business leaders need to take their employees’ feelings during a business transformation and do everything in their power to ensure their needs are met so they can accept the new changes with open arms.

Organizations can overcome barriers to change as long as they pay attention to their employees and develop strategies to ease them into the process. At Team Capital Partners, we understand how beneficial a business transformation can be for everyone involved in the organization and beyond. Want to learn more about how to overcome barriers to change? Join our newsletter for more updates!