We all know that businesses involve risk. One of the more common risks can be constant change. It’s not uncommon for changes to occur frequently in a business, from simple daily operational practices to complete organisational change; that’s why it’s important to ensure you have a change management plan in place.
Take an airline for example – just one flight delay can trigger off a whole range of change with schedules, maintenance, crewing, and so on.
Businesses should consider having recognised change managed through basic risk management processes – where hazards and risks introduced by change are identified, evaluated, approved, communicated, monitored and recorded.
Change can bring opportunity. It can include things such as modifications to facilities, equipment or processes, using different materials, moving to a new building, employing new personnel – particularly at the executive level, working in a new workplace and so on.
Let’s face it, change is common. It can be a good thing – but it’s important we do it right.
At Intesafety, we have adopted a simple change management cycle. We encourage our clients to use this when faced with change that could impact upon their objectives.
6 Stages of the Change Management Cycle
Of course, whether change is managed formally or informally depends on the potential impact. We see many examples of where change goes wrong. Where, instead of achieving the intended objective, it actually ends up with an undesired result.
When analysed, this failure often results from one of the first five steps in the change management cycle being missed or ignored.
Our Health & Safety partners can discuss with you how to introduce a formal change management process to suit your business. We will ensure you have the correct knowledge and tools to recognise change and drive the correct change management work cycle practices. This will benefit your business and keep your workers safe.
Call us today so we can discuss your challenges and develop a strategy to achieve your goals.
Written by Aaron Neighbours, Intesafety Principal Health and Safety Partner and General Manage
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