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Activities for Workplace Change

by Audra Bianca, studioD

Imagine working for an employer where everything is done the same year after year, and business processes rarely change. This can slowly make an organization irrelevant to its market. Managers use workplace change processes to help their organizations respond to new trends in the business environment. Change processes usually shake employees up and encourage them to consider new ideas and work methods.

Promoting Health and Participation

In the office, people sit frequently when they should spend more time standing, taking stretch breaks, walking and moving around. If your employer won't reconfigure the workplace to be more open, get people to act differently. Organize a group of workers to take a walk during a lunch meeting. Ask an employer to provide spaces for different kinds of work, such as quiet spaces where people can work independently and large production areas where employees can be loud while collaborating. These ideas work if the workplace has standardized rules for behavior in each type of space.

Changing Attitudes

To support more activity, look at your employees' attitudes about acceptable activities. If the workplace adopts workstations where people can work standing up, people will be less likely to use them if standing is discouraged. Encourage management to include tables and desks that adjust to different heights. Have meetings with co-workers over a cup of coffee while standing at a raised table. Help people develop tolerance for co-workers who want to move around or pace during meetings, not just people with known conditions such as sciatica.

Changing Business Cultures

Managers might want to make changes to an organizational culture that is holding onto obsolete values or business practices. Business leaders often manage change by getting people involved in forums on improving organizational performance. Plan town-hall-style meetings, create web forums, institute open forums in staff meetings and find other ways to get employees' input.

Creating Task Forces

Organizational leaders might want involvement from every part of the organization before working on a change strategy. They create task forces and invite at least one member from every operational area to participate. Task force members may engage in activities to promote communication, especially if they're from different business processes. Examples are team-building retreats, catered meals, tours of different parts of the business or a day of climbing rock walls. Days of fun should help further the task force's goals and change beliefs and practices, not just serve as a temporary diversion.

About the Author

Audra Bianca has been writing professionally since 2007, with her work covering a variety of subjects and appearing on various websites. Her favorite audiences to write for are small-business owners and job searchers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Master of Public Administration from a Florida public university.

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