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Adapting to Changes in the Workplace

Along with technological advancements comes change in day-to-day procedures in the workplace environment. Our team is embarking on a workflow and print capabilities transformation since purchasing our new HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press. When introducing a catalyst to the workplace, a lot of moving parts are at play, not only with equipment, but with your team as well. How do you adapt efficiently and effectively?

Don’t be afraid to deviate from the “norm.”

 It’s Monday morning; you get to work at 8 AM and then grab your first cup of coffee in preparation for your 8:30 AM weekly huddle. Once that’s over, you begin checking items off your daily to-do list. You could probably do this with your eyes closed since it’s what you do every day. It’s in our nature to search for comfort and normality – a routine.

Keep in mind that the purpose of investing in anything new – technology, a work process, or even an amendment to the handbook – it is important to understand that trial and error can and will occur, especially in the introductory phase. With trial and error comes empowering managers and their employees alike to re-evaluate their approach to work methods. By doing so, this will help your organization stay ahead of any market vertical that your company is invested in – like continually investing in your members.

Communication. Communication. Communication.

Changes will most certainly evoke questions for all departments regardless of their degree of direct involvement. An open form of communication is key to overall success. Working across departments to create an open dialogue through weekly meetings, email threads, and consistent updates on individual progress will help ensure that all departments are on the same page and that they understand one another’s workflow. Communication, in large part, is being able to dial into which procedures work and which do not – document your findings and share them with your team to avoid future pitfalls. Knowledge transfers are crucial in the passing of important information from one team to another to avoid failure.

Change is a good thing.

Sometimes change seems overwhelming, but remember, with change comes new opportunity and room for growth. While the learning curve may take some time, it’s important to recognize that the intentions of advancement are growth and forward mobility. Embrace it!

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Article written by:

Nathan Revard

Marketing Assistant

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