As the old saying goes, “the only thing that stays the same is, everything’s changing.” This is extremely true in business environments, and when companies start to become stagnant, negative change begins creeping in. Companies need to understand that when it comes to change there are two main types. Those which are controlled and guided by the company, and those which are controlling the company from the outside. It is, of course, essential to control every aspect of every change occurring in a facility whenever possible.
With this in mind, businesses shouldn’t look at change as a negative which they have to endure, but a positive which they should embrace and push forward. When a company is deciding on the changes, and implementing them according to their own best interests, it will help improve and grow the company. While not all changes will be successful, it is this type of risk which is a key driver to innovation and will keep a business in any field competitive.
Planning for Change
Once a company accepts the fact that there are going to be changes whether they like it or not, they can start planning for these changes. This doesn’t mean getting ready for the change to arrive and prepare to react to it. It actually means preparing the change itself and pushing it out into the company. This is a proactive approach to the reality of change, and it will ensure the changes which do occur are only those which are intended to benefit the company.
Kaizen Guide: Better your business with continuous improvement
To be successful, you can’t make an improvement once and forget about it. Effective lean businesses use kaizen, which means “continuous improvement”. In kaizen, everyone looks for ways to improve processes on a daily basis. This Kaizen Guide explains the kaizen mindset, basic kaizen concepts including the PDCA cycle, and real-world examples.
Planned changes are much less likely to cause problems within the company as well. Even for those people who don’t like change at all, it is much better to have a planned change put in place than one which is unexpected. When coming up with ideas for change within a company, it is important to include individuals from throughout the workplace. This will help ensure everyone is not only prepared for the change, but participating in its implementation.
Another great thing about companies which embrace the fact that they must be the driver of change is that they get to control it, at least to a large extent. Controlling change can be beneficial in a wide range of ways. If, for example, a particular change is being planned, but it is discovered that the areas of the company which will be most impacted aren’t yet prepared for it, changes can be made. The implementation of the change can be pushed back to a better time, or further training can be provided.
Companies can also schedule these changes at times which are ideally chosen rather than just waiting for it to occur. Many companies, for example, have specific times of the year where business is slower. Scheduling major changes to be made at these times is going to be much easier than trying to deal with them at the busiest times of the year. Controlling change, to the extent it is possible, is an important part of any successful business. It allows people to plan and prepare for the change, so when it occurs, they are ready to embrace it and move forward with confidence.
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