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The Dealing with Change business simulation is centered on a personal and proactive strategy to handle the emotional aspects of change. It enables employees to learn how to reclaim control and transform their negative emotions into constructive actions.

Change Management

Workshop and assessment


Employees in mid-level positions

1 hour


It's natural for managers to become equally stressed as employees by the rigors of change. Most do not have the time or the skills necessary to anticipate all of their employees' emotional and professional needs. This leads to employees feeling resentful, confused, fearful, or resistant – and a manager's change effort may stall as a result.

Dealing with Change is effective when used as a stand-alone resource or as part of a larger change management training program. This business simulation focuses on a personal and proactive approach to manage the emotional side of change. Employees will enjoy discovering how to regain a sense of control and how to turn their negative emotions into positive actions.

How it works

Using an introductory scenario, participants imagine they are amid a frustrating and challenging change initiative. They then rank a list of 12 action items that will help them to participate positively in the change effort. Participants then compare their scores to the expert ranking and discover how well they are managing change. Finally, an easy-to-follow five-step plan shows employees how to apply their learning to their job.

The Dealing with Change Five-Step Plan:

  1. Voice your concerns
  2. Ask questions
  3. Take the plunge
  4. Visualize the future
  5. Keep learning

Learning outcomes

By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Uncover 12 actions that will help regain a sense of control during change
  • Discover how to turn negative emotions into constructive action

Uses and applications

Dealing with Change is effective when used as a stand-alone resource or as part of a larger change management program.

Use Dealing with Change:

  • Before an organizational change effort is launched
  • To surface issues and concerns causing problems amid change
  • As a discussion starter to introduce a change

What to order

Facilitator Guide: Order One Guide Per Trainer.

The Facilitator Guide includes the administrative guidelines, theoretical background, the Five Steps to Personal Change Management scenario, and ranking and rationale for the 12 change-management actions.

Paper Assessment 5-Pack: Order One Pack for Up to Five Participants.

The Paper Assessment includes a change-related scenario and a pressure-sensitive response form.

QuickStart Train-the-Trainer: 1-Hour Virtual Coaching Session for This Product

QST is a convenient, one-hour virtual coaching session for first-time facilitators of this product. You'll receive personalized, one-on-one coaching with a subject matter expert who will get you up to speed quickly and accurately so you can step into the onsite with confidence. We'll answer all your questions about the facilitation of the product. And you can add additional coaching hours as needed. Your coaching session can be provided by telephone or video call and at a time of your choosing.

Facilitators will also receive an HRDQ Certificate of Completion for completing the QuickStart session.

About the authors

Chris Bayley Giblin is a former member of the research and development team and a writer at HRDQ. Before joining HRDQ, Chris was a member of the TV Guide writing staff, and she earned a B.A. in English from Principia College.

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