All working environments go through periods of change, whether that is changes in leadership, premises, protocols or procedures because businesses need to adapt in order to grow and survive.
The issue that faces businesses is that not everybody reacts well to change, yet many of the new procedures and implementations need everybody to be co-operative in order for them to actually work. An example of this is when you are implementing changes to increase your company’s energy efficiency – without everybody doing their part, a lot of the intended measures won’t have the desired effect.
People tend to react more positively to change if they know why the changes are happening, what effect it will have on their role and their average working day and, more often than not, what’s in it for them. Getting your employees on board is more than persuading them to go along with the new changes, it’s about helping them get to a point where they want to work with the new changes.
Having everybody reading from the same sheet doesn’t just stop complaints, it can also save you a lot of money and ensure that you do your part for the environment. For example, replacing heating equipment with more energy efficient models or selling your waste paper and plastic are commendable efforts to reduce your carbon footprint and cut costs, but if you have several members of staff leaving windows open with the heating on or not placing their waste in the correct receptacles, your efforts are futile. As well as not seeing a difference in your carbon footprint, all the money that you could have saved on your company’s energy bill is going quite literally, out of the window.
A lot of people will agree that the key is knowledge – both in training your staff in the new procedures as well as educating them on how they can play their part. This is important because they will understand why the changes are important to the business and in turn will make them feel part of the solution. Furthermore, by being involved they should feel happier which can only be positive for productivity! – Some employees are reluctant to change as they feel slightly powerless when they don’t fully know what’s going on and why. You may have to arrange meetings with your employees for larger changes, giving them the opportunity to contribute their suggestions and answer their questions as fully as possible will make them feel more comfortable and willing to accept changes in their working lives.
Positive reinforcements, such as setting incentives for the team to save the most energy or getting a member of each team department to be responsible for making sure that people adhere to new guidelines, puts an almost fun spin on it and encourages employees by giving them personal responsibility. Some people don’t like change in their workplace as they can feel like they are not in control and this, combined with taking on board employees’ suggestions, can help them feel less anxious. The happier your employees and the more they appreciate changes, the less time you will have to take out of the working day for further meetings and training. If you combine this with the amount of money saved from being more energy efficient, getting your employees completely on board can save you thousands of pounds.
Retrostructure provides Employee Engagement Programmes to help employees/tenants embrace new ideas, policies and procedures when it comes to energy efficiency. For an informal chat about our services please call us on 01273 358 534Categories: Employee Engagement, Latest News, Productivity
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