Change Management Articles

When it comes time to make changes, the best managers direct the transition from start to finish. How have leaders managed change successfully?

The Timer’s Going Off

My elementary-aged children didn’t have school on Election Day. As a working parent, random school holidays require me to figure out alternative childcare or use a vacation day. Fortunately, I currently work from home so my son, daughter, and nephew can pile up the blankets and pillows, build a fort, and play video games. I’m able to work on work projects while caring for (and yet ignoring) the kids.

Millennials have come of age in a layoff culture, so their understanding of loyalty isn’t based on a sense of job security. They crave a clear career path, mentoring, training, and other learning opportunities.

Equipping the Workforce of the Future

Certain skills will be required to succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Here are four recommendations to help bridge the youth skills gap.

Employers should take a forward-looking perspective in considering ideal candidates, and rather than focus on what people have done in the past, consider ways to understand how a person learns.

Often, too often, corporate culture turns toxic and entrenches itself so deeply that the organization can no longer serve its purpose effectively. This usually initiates the most painful form of change management. You're the new kid on the block, new C-suite or director or someone else with some ability to make changes to policy and employee communications standards – maybe you were even hired specifically to do that. What do you do about it? Bear with me for a brief history lesson.

I just finished six weeks of international travel so I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about sleep, exercise, and diet. (Yes I’m taking good care of myself, but it does really take an effort.) What I want to talk about is the well-being market, which is something that has come up in every city I visited. I’ll be publishing a more detailed research report on this market later in the year, but right now I want to share some information which you may find useful.

Leadership in the Digital Era

Leadership is changing. The digital and VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world is turning old models on their heads. How can you keep up? There is no shortage of advice about how to lead a digital transformation project. But business strategist Amit Mukherjee goes further, exploring how the absorption of digital technologies is fuelling this transformation.

Reimagining Learning: Staying Open to Change

Kathy Gallo, senior vice president and CLO of Northwell Health, says her learning delivery strategy changes as the organization changes. She expects learning delivery methods to continue changing and improving in the next five to 10 years with increasing knowledge about the science of learning.

Communicators can become indispensable bridge builders by listening to employees, confronting biases and standing up for what’s right.

Hire more diverse staff, don’t ignore thorny issues, and do your bit to create a culture that values candid conversations.

Not responding to pitches. Abandoning stories without notice. Spiteful online shaming. A public relations pro has her say on the worst attributes of smug reporters.

[Video] Turn the Tide Towards Respect

The voyage to a more inclusive, respectful workplace starts with a great overview training film. We recommend “How Was Your Day?“ Getting Real about Bias, Inclusion, Harassment and Bullying as the place to start. Learning professionals agree: this 8-time award-winning film introduces the topics of bias and inclusion to your staff in an engaging way.

Incivility is a virus that can disrupt even the most efficient work spaces. How can change management efforts and corporate culture training defeat incivility before it spreads?

Now is the time to re-engineer your business to separate yourself from the carriers and to formally serve your clients.

When it comes to building a healthy company, few attributes are more important than fostering a strong corporate culture. Your culture has a direct impact on the satisfaction of your employees, which in turn affects productivity, turnover, and other key factors that can make or break your profitability.

According to the Employment Law Alliance, almost half of American workers have experienced bullying at work. Common bullying tactics range from humiliation and sabotage, to threats and intimidation, all of which interfere with productivity and may create a toxic work environment for one or more employees. Many managers may be tempted to simply tell employees to work out their own differences and put their personal issues aside, but ignoring that bad apple can actually cost the company much more than minor inconvenience.

An Essential Cog in the HR Machinery

Managerial efficiency is one of the most overlooked areas where technology can play a role. Aditi Sharma Kalra explores the experiences of HR leaders who have dabbled in HRIS decisions, integrated talent management, predictive analytics, and more.

As corporate purse strings tighten in the post-recession era and the need for ROI is seemingly ever-increasing, it’s not uncommon for workloads to expand without the corresponding increase in talent. And studies are finding that this is simply not good, either for short-term burnout or long-term health.

This dirty half-dozen utterances can undermine staffers’ trust in the process—and in you as a leader. Along with these taboos are alternatives to help foster dialogue and ease the transition.

Last week, we addressed the shifting workforce skills needed as we approach 2030, outlined in the recent McKinsey study The Shifting Future of the Workforce Part 1 .

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