November 18, 2022

In today’s workplace, creating the conditions for adaptive thriving teams is a top priority.  Smart leaders are intentionally developing a cohesive workplace strategy and building organizational capabilities to manage change effectively. The key? Versatile human-centric design that serves the unique needs of your workforce. Our team are experts at navigating through ever-changing workplace standards. In our recent webinar, we walk you through key steps to unlocking the key to effective change management and workplace strategy. 

So, where to start? You first should begin by listening to unlock the unique connections between your team and their environment.  It is also useful to understand  current trends in the external factors and world around us today. According to Trend Hunter, there are 4 primary pillars of trends that we should look at for 2023 and what it means for your workplace strategy. First, the chaos of the post-pandemic framework and way of working means everyone is at a different stage in their workplace strategy–we’ve seen that while some of our clients are quickly accelerating to adapt to changes following the pandemic, others are waiting and seeing how they should inform and execute their strategies. Second, we need to understand the generational shifts within the current workforce, with 5, and now 6 generations entering today’s workplaces. Third, Ray Dalio’s Principles for Dealing with The Changing World Order informs us on how the economy, supply chain, and more are impacting you and your business. And finally, learning how to adjust to the accelerating pace of change in technology, data transfer, and how quickly this rate continues to advance. When closely looking at the connection between your team and their environment, it is essential to consider how these pillars influence workers today and their demands. 

In the process of understanding the connection between people and place, it’s wise to explore how to connect managing transitions and your workplace strategy from a Change Management Expert. At Kolar, Tanya Kleindienst is our Change Management Expert with more than 25 years of senior-level business experience. As an organizational development professional and certified leadership coach, Tanya works with leaders in all business sectors to inspire change through brain science and emotional intelligence. According to Tanya, the companies that are going to be successful in this new way of working are the ones that do adapt and accelerate through change. This time of uncertainty should be seen as an opportunity for innovation, excitement and optimism for our shared future. Companies that choose to listen to the needs of their employees and create the environment and conditions that are right for their unique team will empower experimentation and decision-making more quickly and effectively. 

With effective change management, you can unlock the necessary insights to implement a workplace strategy that makes a big impact in your organization, helping you reach your desired strategic outcomes. When it comes to physical space, it means dealing with how we can transform trends of the past–between open spaces and mostly in-office work–to accommodate more collaborative workspaces and keeping pace with the transformative technology we are faced with in today’s environment. One important consideration for the hybrid work model, for example, is to figure out how your team as individuals and as a whole can best leverage the time you do spend together in-person and how to guide the specific work to be done and the new work patterns that emerge. By fully understanding how your team works best and the post-pandemic workplace reality, you can more effectively manage the way your team collaborates and create a work environment that best suits the specific needs of your workforce.

At Kolar, it is our goal to help advise and guide your team in today’s new working environment. We recently hosted an expert-led webinar on this topic, with full details on the trends and insights for effective workplace change management. Watch the full recording here.