‘So next week we throw out our BAU processes and administrative tools, maybe there will be some personal changes too, but don’t worry it’ll be so much better than before. We’ll be productive from now on.’ – and then the whole office was jumping and celebrating the new processes in a standing ovation.
If the aforementioned picture is unknown to you then the next one will be more like a real-life experience. Half of the office has disappeared to the smoking area to vent out their anger. The ones who stayed are harshly clapping on their keyboard. Half of the monitors are shining in a Facebook messenger light and the other half is trying to load a doc to dust off that old resume or formulate the dismissal notice. If it’s more like a real-life situation to you, then maybe you should change your communication style about change.
As human beings, we are very complicated. We aren’t good at managing change but we easily get bored in our comfort zone. So the best way is to build resilience in time. Here is an article about the hows. After our team is like a rock and nothing can break it, we can begin to take the chosen path in baby steps.
What do we know about change? How do we perceive it?
Change is always volatile. Let’s look at an example. Let’s hypothesize that you want to make a morning run club with your friends. It’s just you and your 2 best friends, a small group. Everybody thinks it’s a great idea, nobody wants to run alone and didn’t have the motivation, so getting up early together will make the magic.
Everybody is committed so there can’t be any difficulties. But it’s a change so
- It can be volatile. Your mood can change, you can have cramps or get information in the morning that’ll hinder you.
- It’s uncertain. Maybe tomorrow will be raining or your running shoes will be stolen.
- It looks simple, but does it? What will be the route? What happens when somebody gets an injury or can’t make it in time? How will you motivate your friends?
- And there is ambiguity… Maybe your goal is the next marathon, but your friend just wants to check out the scenery in the morning or chatting or get that morning juice at the nearby coffee shop.
It’s just a little change with a few well-known people but there can be many obstacles.
As you could have experienced the only way to make a difference is your way. So that means, everybody has to find their way to get used to it. Sure it takes time but 1 or 2 months with committed colleagues in the mess is better than half a year with half of the team.
What do you need?