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Managing change successfully (3): Planning the change

Author: Debra Cadman

Overview

In this guide to managing change successfully, we look at the factors HR teams should consider when planning a change to ensure its success when implemented. This is the third guide in our series on managing change successfully:

Summary

  • Planning how a change will be managed is key to the success of any change management project. The HR team should set out the details in a "charter for change" and a project plan. (See How to approach the change project)
  • HR should calculate the cost of the change project in conjunction with the finance team. (See Costs)
  • When planning the change project, HR should consider timescales for key tasks, drawing on, for example, previous experience of change within the organisation. (See Timescales)
  • HR should appoint someone to oversee the change, and they may wish to appoint a change management team. (See Roles and responsibilities)
  • HR changes often arise from, or lead to, changes in information technology, so effective collaboration with the IT department will be essential. Technology can also help HR teams to embed a change more successfully, for example through gamification. (See Technology)
  • There may need to be a different approach towards implementing the HR change in different areas of the organisation. (See A tailored approach)
  • The impact of the change on employees is an essential consideration for HR. (See Human impact)