Change is good. Change is difficult. Change leads to more change.
And you are going through a change with your team- could be team shuffling, can be inclusion of distributed team members, can be a transformation and you want the team to stop worrying and be at ease.
Here are few ways to get it done:
- Provide enough information to stop the panic-If you already know the road map share it with your team, so no one is in panic mode and work continues. Make sure you answer questions, share your vision and keep them engaged during the change.
- Communicate often- Talk to them on what’s bothering them, look for honest feedback, listen to their needs and keep the communication open. Set up a communication plan with your team- a meeting once a week or an email update that goes out on Friday 5 pm.
- Naysayers- Keep them in the communication loop. It’s easy to spread discontentment and negative word around much faster, so make sure you know what’s going on at the water cooler.
- Mind your Body language- You don’t want to be the manager who says something and believes in something else. Before you go out on an information sharing crusade make sure you know what you are talking about and know it well to filed any questions coming your way.
- Acceptance- If you want your team to accept the change, make sure you create an environment that allows them to stay positive and get all the right information at the right time.
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