What does change actually look like?

On 2 Mar., 2014

How the change process within an organization actually affects productivity over time.

What does change actually look like?

What does change actually look like?


February 25, 2014


Change in organizations is rarely linear.  A change in the way an organization's functions does not cause an immediate increase in productivity.  In fact, the opposite is true; change creates an immediate DECREASE in productivity.  But, if done properly, in the long run, change will produce a significant increase in productivity.


So why the initial decrease?


This is because change disrupts the workflow.  New procedures take time to get used to them.  Change also creates resistance among those that liked the way things were.  These people need extra coaching (or an additional prodding) to use the new way of working. After a period of time ( the length of time depends on several factors such as the magnitude of the change), the organization should see the intended effects of the change.


And this continues on forever, right?


After a certain point, when the new work processes have been incorporated into the workflow, productivity plateaus at a new, higher level.  This is now the baseline productivity level.  Barring any unforeseen issues or crises, productivity should remain on or close to this level.


To learn more about the change process, please contact Schamp & Associates for a free consultation.