What is a change management plan?
A change management plan is a process that a company uses to implement changes throughout the organization. Change management plans are commonly used for large or complex organizational changes that necessitate a more strategic approach due to the impact on someone’s job.
Strategy for change management plan
Your plan will vary depending on the needs of your organization, but each change management plan should include some of the following:
- Clearly defined objectives
Your change management plan’s objectives should be straightforward:
- Inform your organization of the change.
- Assist those who will be directly affected by the change in adapting.
Each of these changes has its own set of objectives. Whatever those objectives are, the core objectives of your change management plan should be to inform everyone about the changes and to guide those who will be directly affected by them.
- Clear communication
Communication is essential in any interaction, but it is especially important when it comes to organizational change. Change frequently involves multiple moving parts that must be communicated clearly so that no one is left in the dark.
Along with establishing goals and expectations, your communication should leave room for feedback from your team to respond to and offer suggestions about the changes.
A significant enough organizational change to warrant a change management plan will almost certainly include new features or procedures that your employees will need to learn. Meetings and training sessions provide excellent opportunities for your team to gain hands-on experience with the changes and ask questions in a safe setting where everyone learns together.