The Personal Side of Organizational Change

Does your organization have a history of change or reinventing itself?  It could be marketing strategies or it could be changes in funding that drive it but whatever the reason it will impact your employees.  Some will be excited by the changes, others will be stressed.

In my human resources career in the forest industry we were in a state of constant change, especially in the late 1990’s.  I used to joke that when I started with the company we were doing 10 year plans and when I left we were doing 10 day plans!  I watched the impact of the changing market forces and the struggles our employees were having with the reorganizations and the eventual takeover of our company.

Sometimes as individuals we are unaware of why stress comes into our lives and it isn’t always work that creates the stress as we have a life away from work as well.  By having a better understanding of our personality type we can adopt strategies that lessen the impact of the stress no matter the source.  It is also useful in determining career direction and guiding our choices so that we create the best work/life balance for ourselves.  If we are doing activities that we enjoy we will be much happier in our work.

The benefits to an organization of having employees with the best fit in the positions are huge.  It can be the difference between employees doing just what is necessary and giving 110%.  The Myers-Briggs Step II is an option that you might consider making available to your employees if they are open to it.  Because it is personal information it is up to the individual and cannot be prescribed as something they have to do.

About laurencerumming

Background in business management, in particular human resources. Business Management Certificate, Certified in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, and Strong Interest Inventory®. "Our passion is to raise the potential of organizations and individuals through the understanding of human interaction in the workplace and in life."
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