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Change to Spare: Embracing technology change in the workplace.

Posted by Patrick Tucker on Mar 31, 2021 10:45:00 AM
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The only thing that never changes is that things always change. How we work through the change we experience makes all the difference in whether the outcome is positive or negative. That being said, not all change is equal. What are the factors that contribute to that positive or negative experience?

Some changes we precipitate

Is the change expected?

Some changes we may precipitate. They are born from our desire to produce them, like finally moving into that new house you’ve been saving for. Some changes are brought to us completely out of the blue. Whether the latter is positive or negative probably depends on the next factor.

Some changes we anticipate

Is the change welcome?

Some changes we can anticipate. Is it a welcome change like getting a promotion or winning the lottery? If so, unexpected is perfectly OK. Is it an unwelcome change like a suddenly large utility bill or news of an illness? Unwelcome changes are rarely positive, but especially when they are not anticipated.

Some changes don’t allow us to hesitate

Is the change complicated?

Some changes don’t allow us to hesitate. Change that impacts fewer aspects of our lives can usually be embraced more readily. The more complicated a change, the higher our resistance level becomes. I for one am more likely to put off dealing with a complicated change until I have no choice but to adjust.

Some changes require us to acclimate

Is the change permanent?

Some changes may require us to acclimate. If a change is temporary, perhaps we’re more likely to put up with it for a little while. If my parents tell me they’re staying with me a couple of days while they get some repairs done, no problem. If they show up one day with a U-Haul full of boxes and tell me they’re moving in, that’s going to require a much bigger adjustment and a much longer period of acclimation.

When it comes to embracing change in our workplace with the tools and technology we use, these factors apply just like any other change we experience. Maybe that new collaboration app is not a change we asked for, but it might be a company requirement starting next month. Perhaps, we’ve been advocating for a new system that better models our processes and meets our requirements.

We can either motivate or disintegrate

All technology change is human change.

In the face of that, we can either motivate or disintegrate. Just because change is inevitable doesn’t mean that it can’t also be a positive. Watch this space for ways we can help you to implement and drive change in your organization – in both technologies and in your employees. KiZAN has long been known for continuous improvement when it comes to Microsoft technologies. What better answer is there for continuous change than continuous improvement.

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Posted by Patrick Tucker

Microsoft & ProSci certified trainer, consultant, and speaker passionate about collaboration, change management, and customer success.

Topics: Change Management, Employee Engagement, Viva