Helping Employees Deal With Organizational Change

By Dennis McCafferty
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    68% of the professionals surveyed say that change makes them uncertain or tense.

The vast majority of professionals say organizational change stresses them out, according to a recent survey from Eagle Hill Consulting. The accompanying report, "Across Generations. Change is Change. People are People," reveals that there are differences of opinion between employees and executives as to whether leadership is committed to successful transitions. Workers vastly prefer a more personal style of communications during these times, but they say their companies too often deliver updates via email instead. According to the report, if managers want to pursue a successful transformation, they need to communicate better to ensure that employees understand what's driving the change. "Successful managers know their people, the nuances of how they accept or reject change, and what individual employees may need to hear," says Melissa Jezior, president and CEO of Eagle Hill Consulting. "Concentrating on leadership and communication makes all the difference in leading people through change." Eagle Hill provides management consulting services, focusing on business strategy, organizational transformation, process improvement and change management. More than 1,000 U.S. professionals took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2014-11-11
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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