Company Leaders Are Not Ready for Organisational Change – Say a Quarter of HR Professionals

A significant portion of HR professionals (23%) report that the managers they collaborate with lack readiness to spearhead organisational changes, encompassing structural, technological, remedial, or cultural shifts. Furthermore, a third (33.2%) perceive a lack of preparedness among employees for such strategic organisational transformations. These insights stem from a survey conducted by Censuswide on behalf of global leadership experts Right Management, drawing responses from 1,000 HR professionals in the UK whose organisations are presently undergoing or preparing for change initiatives.

Additionally, one in five HR professionals note a deficit in tailored upskilling programs for leaders to effectively navigate change. When asked to prioritise areas crucial for managing change programmes, respondents underscored processes as paramount, closely followed by communications and people management. Nevertheless, a concerning revelation emerges as one-fifth (20%) of respondents disclose the absence of a communications plan to support change programme delivery.

Among the 80% of HR professionals whose organisations possess a communications strategy, the majority (35%) indicate it undergoes revision merely three times annually. This contrasts starkly with the frequency of change programme updates, with half of the surveyed professionals (50%) reporting monthly revisions, highlighting a disconnect between overarching change plans and their communication strategies. Additionally, more than half of the consulted HR professionals reveal an average of six concurrent change programmes annually, a significant portion of which necessitate innovative approaches or entirely new paradigms.

Leadership Skills to Effectively Navigate Organisational Change

In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, effective leadership is paramount for successfully navigating organisational change, requiring a combination of vision, communication, adaptability, empathy, collaboration, risk management, and a commitment to continuous learning and improvement.

Vision and Strategy

Effective leadership during organisational change requires the ability to articulate a clear vision for the future and develop a strategic plan to achieve it. Leaders must inspire and motivate teams by outlining the purpose and benefits of the proposed changes fostering buy-in and commitment among colleagues.

Communication and Transparency

Communication is crucial during times of organisational change. Leaders need to communicate openly and transparently with employees, providing regular updates, addressing concerns, and soliciting feedback. Clear and consistent communication builds trust and helps minimise resistance to change.

Adaptability and Resilience

Leaders must be adaptable and resilient in the face of uncertainty and challenges. They should demonstrate flexibility, quickly adjust strategies as needed, and remain composed under pressure. By modelling resilience, leaders inspire confidence and encourage resilience among team members.

Empathy and Support

Understanding the impact of change on employees and offering support is essential for effective leadership. Leaders should demonstrate empathy, actively listen to concerns, and provide resources and assistance to help employees navigate through change successfully.

Collaboration and Teamwork

Collaboration and teamwork are vital for driving successful change initiatives. Leaders should foster a collaborative environment where diverse perspectives are valued, encourage cross-functional cooperation, and empower teams to contribute to decision-making and problem-solving.

Strong leadership skills are indispensable for guiding teams through the complexities of organisational change, ensuring not only successful adaptation but also fostering resilience and driving positive transformation within the organisation.

How Can Wellity Support You?

Ice & Fire – A Leading Through Change Programme

An essential leadership skill in the modern working world is the ability to navigate through change and lead from the front. It has always been undeniable that the business landscape is often in flux, and this has never been more so than in current times. In the face for such relentlessness change, strong change leaders will remain to be one of the most sought-out antidotes to the chaos and complexities in an uncertain world.

The ‘Ice and Fire’ Training Programme has been specifically designed by the Wellity Global academic team, to reflect the challenges faced by organisations across the world as more and more managers face turbulent and changing times and tides.

“This was a fantastic course that I believe will deliver positive outcomes very quickly through practical implementation of the training. The sharing of situations by other participants in a safe environment was enlightening and the passion and expertise of the trainer really brought it to life”.

Objectives:

  • Understand the fundamental process of change leadership and unlock the power of self-awareness and accountability.
  • Identify the importance of purpose in the face of change and develop the skills to drive a resilient team.
  • Learn the practical communication strategies to lead through change.
  • Develop the tools to increase change agility  and adaptability.
  • Discover sustainable energy management practices.

To book this session, contact our team at hello@wellityglobal.com.

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