That said, no company can afford to totally ignore that workplace change is, in fact, disorienting. It’s hard to find anyone these days telling managers to “take it slow,” but it’s even harder to find someone who advises against open lines of communication. And true communication among employees and managers inevitably adds time to the process.
Employees need assurances that employers are concerned and will do as much as possible to assist them during unsettling times. People don’t resist change. They resist being changed!
Solving problems and shaping our environments is satisfying and inspiring, so it’s important that employees get to voice not only their experiences, but also their ideas and suggestions. Empowering employees to be agents of workplace change introduces new channels that need to be tended and managed to encourage growth. Which, again, takes time and energy. But what you gain in morale and participation — not to mention the bright ideas your employees may come up with — more than balances the cost.