Avoiding change fatigue is a must for employers

Not doing change very well can be an 'organisational albatross', according to experts

Change – good or bad – can take its toll on us. And a report by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) recently suggested that for any organisational change to succeed, employers must address how it will affect their staff. 

Principal research fellow and author of the report, Dr Alison Carter, said change fatigue is causing many businesses to stagnate. 

If organisations are to overcome “change-weariness”, she added, HR and senior leaders must put the human aspects of change at the forefront of any initiative.

“A track record of not ‘doing change’ very well can be an organisational albatross,” Carter said. 

She added that leaders can have useful conversations within their organisations about creating agility by asking what is currently helping or hindering the company and what could be done to accelerate the process.

To boost employee engagement and adaptability, the report suggests collecting feedback so lessons can be learned, offering a compelling vision of the future after the change and letting those who express doubts be heard. Spotting pitfalls early, it adds, will benefit both the business and its people.