Changes experienced in business setting is considered as a good sign in terms of business survival. Generally changes are made during expansion and also while minimizing employment and maximizing use of resources. The former is, of course, the desired change of everyone but there are times when a company has to make some cuts not only in their resource usage but also with their employees strength. As a leader, you need to be prepared to face these situations so that you can survive and even smoothly adapt to the different changes offered by the company.
When everything has been said and done, starting over after a major change in a business setting is not just going back to your desk and finish your assigned work.
Learning from the Past
Before you look further on the changes implemented in the company, it is important to look back and learn as well. Write down the events that led to the downfall or to the improvement of the company you are working with. If the company’s movements led to its success, then it should be emulated. On the other hand, if the company struggled that they have to make some significant cost cutting in their business then let the past become a lesson.
Also take note your experiences during the process of change. From the reaction of the employees as well as your actions as a leader, these events have to be noted for future references.
A leader should always be about goals and targets. There should always be an end in sight. This is not only for the leader wherein it could become the measurement of their productivity but this is also for the employees wherein their talent is never put to waste. A goal would mean that their actions actually have some effect on the business and their continuing dedication will lead the company to new heights.
Goals or targets should come in two formats – small goals and bigger goals. The smaller goals are the ones that could be done in one day or in one week. The bigger goal could be reached through the achievement of the smaller goals. This should be discussed to the employees so that information will be properly streamlined and monitoring would even be a possibility.
Comparing New Needs to Skills
Company change could also mean the change of needs of the customers or clients. If the company expands to other services then there would certainly be new needs that should be considered. But even if the change is just a simple alteration in location, expect new needs since new customers will be coming in and their needs could be different in a new location.
At this point you should be aware of your employees’ individual skills. Although they all have impressive skills related to the industry, their additional skills should be considered as well. From customer to sales skills, each employee has a talent that might let him or her stand out in the group. These skills could be matched according the new needs of the company. Through these skills, the team would slowly evolve not just as simple employees but as exemplary individuals that might be promoted.
Aside from considering the needs of your customers, it is also important to determine your needs to perform well. From additional gadgets and applications to physical support from other employees, the leader should see to it that every need of the employee will be met so that they could perform as expected.
This is not actually spoiling your employees. You are just there to give them what they need to perform their job well. This is actually covering your bases on leadership – you give them everything they want while you insist from them everything that the company needs. If this setting is always observed, then everyone is happy. The company will never hesitate to offer support to their employees as long as they reach the expected output.
Learning from the past, setting goals and knowing individual skills for increased productivity should be the first priorities of the leader. Change is not just a theoretical idea but a fact that should be dealt with new enthusiasm for work.