WINDS OF CHANGE
When the winds of change blow, some build walls and others build windmills.
~ Chinese proverb
September's Poster of the Month is about attitudes to change.
Change happens in every workplace. New equipment, new management, new rules and new processes can all take some adjustment.
Some people adapt to change better than others. They are the ones who build windmills. They always try to see the benefits and embrace them.
Others can find it more difficult, especially if they have done their job the same way for a long time. For them, the prospect of change can be very unsettling. They may not understand why it is necessary and they may worry that they won't be able to cope with it.
They sometimes become the ones who build walls — resisting the change, digging their heels in, being unsupportive and sometimes even sabotaging its progress.
The best way of instigating change is to involve your employees before the changes take place. They are likely to be more accepting if you:
- tell them what is going to happen and how it will affect them
- explain why it needs to happen, focusing on the benefits
- invite, and respond to, their questions and concerns
- offer the support and reassurances they need
Kodiak posters regularly cover change, attitude and flexibility.