Steps of Motivating Employees Amidst Change

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Change can be a hard time for all involved, but especially for the employees that work as a company. Find out the steps of motivating employees amidst change with help from an accomplished attorney, author and speaker in this free video clip.

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Welcome, this is HR That Works president, Don Phin, and today I'm going to answer the question how do we motivate employees amidst all this change. You know things are happening at a faster and faster rate and they're happening faster and faster. So keeping up with change is one of the biggest challenges we have today and in my experience there's three types of employees you deal with when you go through change. The first type of employee I call a resister and if you think of a resister, the job of a resister is to slow down the energy going through a wire and these people will slow down your change efforts and it's mainly because they're afraid of the change you know, who moved my cheese business. They're afraid that they may be found out that they're not that good. Right now they're kind of hidden behind their incompetencies but in this opening up and the changes going on they may be viewed as less valuable to the organization. So those people are going to be naturally resistant to change and at the end of the day if you've got people who are resistant to the change they ought to be working at your competition where they can resist change over there. Now the second type of person I call the sheep. you can kind of hear them, baaa, they just move along wherever they are pushed. The problem with that type of person is they've got one foot into the equation and you want to have people with both feet in and the way you have to do that is make their worlds bigger. You kind of drive the fear out of the way and you show them how this change is going to make a difference in the lives of your customers and your clients and how that will in turn increase the life and the work experience of people working for you right now. So this is a good thing to move towards, not a negative thing and by the way, we're only going to be able to take it one step at a time anyway so it's not some giant leap where you're going to fall off a cliff. Let's just take this one step at a time. Now the third type of person I might call champions and I love those people. They're the type of people to help drive change and really encourage change. The only challenge I find with people like that is you've got to keep them focused you know. They still have to do their job and not just get caught up in the interesting conversation about change. There's still going to be some core elements they've got to be focused on. So while they can help champion the change, make sure they're tied down to their core functions and then make sure that's getting done while all the change is going on. Those are the three types of people that's how you motivate people through change. Take care, hope that helped.

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