Have you ever felt that change is the end of the world as we know it? Change can be frustrating, time-consuming, and down-right scary. The forecast is fine…until you throw in the unknown.
(Picture created by the ever-creative Brandon Savage, a Project Manager on the 3Sharp team.)
When changes aren’t fully explained, productivity can suffer immensely. Wondering about the unknown consumes time that should be spent getting work done. Take, for example, the end date of the Mayan calendar last December. How much time and energy did people spend (half-jokingly, I’m sure) wondering if the world really would end? If the Mayans had just explained the why and how of their calendar dating system, I’m sure we would have spent less time worrying and more time being productive.
One of the first and most important steps of change is communication. Tell people why it’s happening and how it will make things better. Fast Company just published a great article about the 6 steps to successfully initiate change.
Change is a bumpy ride, but if you do it right, you’ll gain even more productivity and success.