Friday, October 14, 2016

Resilient Organizations

Change is a permanent feature of all organizations regardless of sector or size.   However, the ability to take charge of change can be a key distinguishing feature of a successful organization.   Change impacts all of us in different ways.  How quickly we bounce back from change reflects our level of resilience.  We can help our organization to become more resilient by leading change.

Three Characteristics of Resilient Organizations:

1.  A Clear Purpose And Values
An organization must have a strategy to be successful.  A clear purpose is what encourages individuals to get involved and actively participate in the activities and direction of the organization.  Employees will then understand why they are there, what needs to be done, and most importantly - where they are going.  A sense of purpose supported with clear values and principles must be known to everyone within the organization.

2.  Prepare Employees For Change
Regular training of employees on how to understand and manage change is essential.  Don't wait until the change is impacting your organization before preparing employees for change, or it may be too late.

3.  Build Flexibility And Innovation
In times of change, innovation will allow an organization to break down boundaries, while flexibility will enable employees to prepare the organization for the future.  These characteristics can also help us with personal resilience.  Having a clear purpose, being prepared for change, and ensuring that you have the innovation to break down barriers will help you on your journey.

Until next time...

Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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