Why is organizational change important

Change managementWhat is change management or change management?

To reduce the risk of failure, changes are planned and managed like a project. Such a project is then referred to as a change project. It is carried out in several steps:

1. Recognize and record the need for change

It must be determined exactly why a change is needed and what exactly needs to be changed. From this, goals and measures are derived, but also the reasons given to those affected.

2. Initiate change

This justification right at the beginning of a change project is crucial for success. The initiator for far-reaching changes is always top management (board of directors or senior management). This has to be communicated in an understandable and comprehensible manner right from the start. The workforce and those affected then want to be adequately informed and involved. Management needs allies for its change project; it has to promote change.

3. Planning, implementation and monitoring of the change

The actual measures are planned, implemented and monitored like a project. The rules of project management apply here. It is important that the project plan shows where the change should lead (goals and results), which measures are planned in detail and what advantages and disadvantages this entails for the employees. Successes have to be celebrated and secured so that the old situation does not slowly return.

4. Follow-up to the change

Change projects also have to be ended. In practice this cannot be taken for granted; some projects creep slowly with ever new goals and content, others fall asleep and peter out. For this reason, results must be named in every change project, the achievement of which shows that the project has ended. The employees get the important message: “That was it, and it was successful!” They need another time in which they can work in a stable environment. This promotes a culture of change in the company. This is what is needed for future change management.