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  • Jordan Strate

7 Ways HR Can Help with Change Management

Updated: May 17

In today's world change is inevitable. Whether it's adapting to new technologies, restructuring operations, or responding to market shifts, one thing is certain: businesses must adapt to stay competitive. However, mastering change isn't just about successfully implementing new processes or systems; it's about being able to guide employees through transition. This is where HR support can play a key role.


a group of business people discussing change management


According to a survey conducted by McKinsey & Company, organizations that use HR involvement in change management are 1.7x more likely to outperform their competitors in implementing their transformations. Additionally, research from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reveals that 94% of HR professionals consider change management to be a critical competency for HR leaders. Furthermore, a study by Prosci found that organizations with dedicated change management teams led by HR professionals were six times more likely to meet or exceed project objectives compared to those that didn't use such teams.


These findings underscore the significant impact HR has on change management outcomes and highlight its role as a strategic partner in guiding organizations through change. Here are 7 ways HR can help you with change management:


1. Understanding the Dynamics of Change

Change can evoke a range of emotions, especially among employees, including fear, resistance, and uncertainty. HR professionals are uniquely equipped to help employees navigate this. They can be an impartial bridge between leadership and the bottom line, making communication easier and fostering a supportive environment.


2. Crafting a Strategic Change Management Plan

Effective change management begins with a plan. It's important to develop a strategy that outlines objectives, timelines, stakeholders, and resources. Take into account the organization's culture, values, and the impact of change on employees.


3. Communication and Employee Engagement

Communication is the cornerstone of successful change management. Clear, transparent communication channels are vital to keeping employees informed. These channels can take many shapes including meetings, emails, or forums.


4. Supporting Employees through Transition

Change is meant to be unsettling, but it doesn't have to be stressful. Supporting employees through transitions may involve establishing peer support groups, providing resources like counselling or skill development.


5. Managing Resistance and Addressing Concerns

Resistance to change is natural, but concerns shouldn't inhibit progress. Conducting one-on-one meetings, practicing active listening, or leveraging champions of change — employees who advocate and support the change within the team.


6. Evaluating and Adjusting Your Strategy

Change is a continuous process and it's important to track your progress and adjust accordingly through feedback mechanisms like surveys, focus groups, and performance metrics.


7. Celebrating Success and Sustaining Change

As you begin to reap the rewards of your efforts it's important to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions of everyone who helped you along the way.


HR is not merely a bystander; it is a catalyst for transformation. It facilitates change by providing support and expertise in important fields like communication and employee engagement. In so doing it plays a central role in guiding organizations through the complexities of change and positioning them for long-term success.

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