Even though you cannot escape change in today’s workplace, employees always perceive it negatively. But the way change is implemented is the basic reason why people tend to resist change. Hence, improving the process of how change is executed can be helpful in enhancing the change management efforts.
Appreciation and change management
According to our Human Capital Consuting team, when the workforce is appreciated for their job and how they tend to contribute to the thriving status of the company, the change process within a company takes place more smoothly. Team members who are appreciated are less reactive and tend to be more open to the changes in a company that impact them in a personal way. On the other hand, if the employees are underappreciated or never appreciated at all are more likely to respond negatively to the changes giving them a feeling to defend themselves from being used by their company.
Distinction between recognition and authentic appreciation
Many companies have some employee recognition activities but the traditional ones don’t make the workforce feel truly valued. As a matter of fact, the employees feel apathetic, sarcastic, and cynicism. These reactions are for a reason. Many programs are organized on the basis of generic actions, general, infrequent, and group based. Eventually, employee recognition is perceived negatively as the recognition isn’t perceived as authentic. Luckily, there are ways to make them feel valued. They feel valued when their appreciation is:
- in the language and actions important to the recipient
- communicated regularly
- delivered individually and is about them personally
- viewed as genuine and authentic.
Impact of authentic appreciation
- Effective Behavior Reinforcement.
First things first, appreciation lets for effective behavior reinforcement. When trying the employees to change, bring in positive change. Appreciation must be individualized and done in a way so that the concerned person can actually hear it.
- Emotional Energy for Change.
Authentic appreciation is important for running a huge workforce filled with people who are ready, willing and urgent to evoke change in the company. When managers express the value of their employees by displaying authentic and personal appreciation, employees tend to trust their managers more and put extra effort to make necessary changes.
- Reduced Resistance to Change.
Thirdly, when your employees feel valued, they are more ready to accept and embrace the change. To create a change, increase the force that will overcome the resistance or reduce it.