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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 offers a proactive plan for coping with the challenges of organizational change. 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

Uses and Applications

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

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

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

Product Details

  • Product Type: Workshop and assessment. The Facilitator Guide includes everything you need to lead a successful training session.
  • Target Audience: Employees in mid-level positions.
  • Measures: How mid-level employees handle change.
  • Dimensions: Problem-solving, communication, and compassion.
  • Time Required: One hour.

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.

About the Author

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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