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How to Apply Change Management in a Remote Workplace

HR Tech Outlook | Thursday, March 11, 2021

Most change management experts – and almost every specialist, for that matter – are drafting documents in the.doc or.xls formats, so this shouldn't be a big change.

Fremont, CA: People are realizing the need for successful change management more than ever in their ever-evolving digital workplace, and while this might seem obvious to some, the practice of change management may still be a risky idea to implement into the organization. However, as workplaces have become more interactive, change management has become more important. Despite the lack of an apparent human link in our everyday experiences, change management has not lost sight of the importance of people in project performance.

The organized approach to targeted communications and training sessions is one of the most important aspects of a change management plan. Most change management experts – and almost every specialist, for that matter – are drafting documents in the.doc or.xls formats, so this shouldn't be a big change. However, in a remote environment, how one reviews one's plans with clients or stakeholders can be a specific challenge.

One can iterate through different sessions or take a tailored approach by drafting preliminary plans prior to any evaluation, depending on the scope of the project and stakeholder availability. As a best practice, schedule as much of the deliverable as possible prior to any review session, regardless of whether one intends to iterate live or not. This not only saves time in Teams or Zoom meetings, but it also relieves some of the strain that comes with reviewing documents live, as participants can often be wide-eyed when looking at a large paper. Furthermore, as change agents, companies will need to concentrate on overall project governance and keep our partners and sponsors accountable. With vague requests and obligations, as well as a lack of transparency for any missed assignments, it's easy to fall behind on project deadlines. Companies should coordinate efforts to thoroughly review all project plans while ensuring that tasks, duties, and objectives are understood.

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