In many ways, a workplace is a continuing learning environment because it rarely stays static in regard to required tasks, organizational culture and relationships among employees. An organization that is facing significant upcoming changes and wants to prevent disruption in employee satisfaction can benefit from consulting with a professional such as Mike Lehr of Omega Z Advisors. Employees become accustomed to a routine and a set way of doing things. They don't always handle it well when the company needs to implement changes to increase profitability or productivity. They may view the changes as a threat to their job or their contentment with their work life.
Effective methods of managing change in the workplace involve providing employees with all the information they need to understand what is happening and why. Vagueness is never appreciated and leads workers to speculate among themselves, often in a negative fashion. Managers and supervisors can make it clear to employees that they are available to listen to concerns and help clarify the situation. Sometimes just listening to what employees have to say makes a big difference in how workers feel about the management team and the entire company.
When changes in the workplace are imminent, managers often underestimate the impact on employees and the organizational culture. That can leave them blindsided when employees start to give notice in greater numbers and when their general dissatisfaction becomes evident. Consulting with a professional about how to prevent these problems is highly advantageous. Managers learn how to ensure that the workers feel hopeful about the changes instead of despondent or anxious. The change might involve eliminating obsolete positions and promising to move employees into other jobs. It also might involve cutting staff by not filling empty positions.
Even a change such as moving a team or department to a different workplace can have a significant effect on the organizational culture. Moving a team from a corporate headquarters to a satellite office, for instance, leaves those workers without easy access to the larger building's cafeteria and fitness center. Managers must be proactive in preventing dissatisfaction that can lead to bad attitudes and turnover.