As forward-thinking as your company may be, some employees will still resist workplace change. That’s just how people are. And that’s fine. In this context, fast change is better. It gives resistant employees one thing to cope with — change as a whole — rather than having to deal with a series of disgruntling changes over a long period of time.
The fast path eliminates the drag in the process that can prevent the buildup of momentum. And lack of momentum is the kiss of death for any workplace change management process, so any successful change has to be swift. One strategy is to limit priorities to two to four major items, chase them hard and fast, and insist on early, tangible deliverables.
If placing demands on workers during a speedy transition sounds cruel, here’s the silver lining: it gets their minds off all that distracting workplace change, and provides positive reinforcement. Momentum is derived from the commitment of the workforce, and a committed workforce is one that feels like it’s making progress.