Develop frontline managers to influence organizational change ability.
Frontline managers are often informed of the change at the same time as the broader workforce and are rarely consulted before key decisions impacting their teams are made.
Despite being in the prime position to influence employees to adopt change, managers’ knowledge and expertise of their teams and functions are left untapped. Managers are also not provided with the necessary support or training to be effective leaders of change.
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Given their proximity and daily interactions with employees, frontline managers are best suited to support, influence, and lead employees through change. Equip frontline managers with the training and tools necessary to effectively navigate their dual role as both the recipients and leaders of change.
Impact and Result
Create a standard plan to involve frontline managers at all stages of change, communicating key change messages, consulting on key decisions, and participating in training to be effective leaders of change.
Evaluate frontline managers on key change abilities and curate a resource toolkit for frontline managers to address gaps and facilitate successful implementation and sustainment of change in the front lines.
Monitor the effectiveness of the toolkit and establish a regular cadence to update the toolkit.
Activate Frontline Managers in Change Management Research & Tools
1. Assess current state of manager involvement and change abilities
the organization’s current change management approach by identifying gaps in
frontline manager involvement, developing a standard plan to involve frontline
managers in change management, evaluating frontline managers’ change abilities
and setting goals and metrics.
2. Create a toolkit to develop managers’ change abilities
Create a toolkit to develop managers’ change abilities by reviewing McLean & Company resources for change abilities, selecting resources, reviewing logistics and capacity required, and creating an action plan to launch the toolkit.
Develop a plan to communicate and share the toolkit with frontline managers, then deploy the toolkit and establish a regular cadence to measure the effectiveness of the toolkit and explore opportunities to facilitate addition learning opportunities.
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