ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE MANAGEMENT TOOLKIT
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Stop 4: Managing Constant Change
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In an age where change is happening all the time, people can suffer from what experts call “change fatigue.” What, exactly, is change fatigue? It refers to the amount of change an organization is experiencing compared to how much change it can handle. When changes occur frequently or in rapid succession, it can be too much for an organization and its staff to effectively handle, resulting in change fatigue.
This situation is often confused with resistance because the signs can look the same. However, staff who usually embrace change can appear resistant merely because they are burned out from experiencing too many changes overall or changes that have happened too rapidly.
What are the Signs of Change Fatigue?
The following are signs of change fatigue:
How Do You Manage or Prevent Change Fatigue?
One way to manage change fatigue is to review the goals of your change effort and expectations. Are the goals too ambitious, vague, or unrealistic?
Next, review your Communication Plan. Are you communicating enough? Are you communicating but sending the wrong messages? Are you communicating at all? Remember that no communication is saying something! A lack of communication can cause fear and apprehension in stakeholders and increase change fatigue.
Also consider the following questions:
Try adding some excitement and making the change process fun: