I RECENTLY MOVED DESK!
I’m not talking new street, building or office floor... but a mere seven feet from my previous spot.
Admittedly, this a minuscule change in comparison to some organisations planning large scale office relocations, new exciting ways of working or those being challenged by expediential growth adding even greater complexity to a workplace.
My point is, having personally partnered with various organisations to resource Change Management support, this exercise opened my eyes (if only a small glimpse given the scale) to the impacts this type of change can have both on individuals and a workforce. It forced me to reflect on my daily routine and connections to my surroundings, both people and objects.
In my experience…
PROS TO THE CHANGE
I would be closer to my team, an opportunity to ‘reset’, the change was communicated upfront so the why/how was explained
CONS TO THE CHANGE
Business interruption should there be technical glitches, the environment (re-homing my shoe collection), adapting my working style
People go through a pretty predictable set of emotions when faced with workplace change, not restricted to only office/desk relocations. For some, they feel excitement but for many shock, denial or anger. Behaviour, habits and emotions are key change management considerations.
To behave differently we have to think differently and reminded of the big picture. So many organisations have or are now experimenting with hot-desking, flexible work arrangements, co working and asking potential employees to outline their preferred and suited working conditions. When anxiety and fear hits, logic and business strategy can seem irrelevant and change resistance grows.
Habits are choices we make deliberately that at some point become automatic. They make up just under 50% of what we do every day and we often don’t know the difference between a good habit and a bad habit. Change threatens natural habit patterns but whether a new desk, meal plan, manager or car, we adapt.
“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” - Tony Robbins
Navigating change, both professionally and personally requires forming new habits and questioning the why, which can be discomforting but rewarding. The good news is we can intentionally train ourselves to think and behave in new ways with the help and guidance of others.
Project Resource Partners provide an honest and consultative approach to help guide and prepare your teams and business through change and projects.
If you are looking for your next move, wish to discuss market insight or seeking change specialists for business transformation and projects, please do reach out.
Project Resource Partners
Level 29, 360 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
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