My wife and I moved our home recently.
At an outing a few weeks ago I mentioned the move to a colleague who pointed out that it can take up to 3 years to get fully acclimatized after a considerable change such as moving to a new home, unfamiliar city or country.
Three years seems excessive to me but I can certainly relate to change especially when it comes to moving to another country. I spent a few years in Zurich, Switzerland and the uncomfortable feeling over the first year was palpable. Certainly I am not unique in my experiences there.
We have been in our new home for 3 weeks.
We love it but it feels foreign to me.
I have a new gym, drycleaner, barber, grocery store, among other things. All the things that are part of most people’s normal lives which are not all that different but different enough to make it all new.
It’s exciting but the change takes you out of your routine or dare I say it; comfort zone.
Everything was humming along for 7 years (or maybe it was only 4 years considering the 3 year adjustment period) then blammo. It’s all different; some slight, some dramatic. It feels like I am starting something new. Even my commute to work has changed; more walking, less transit. The whole thing makes me feel good but there is that nagging unfamiliarity with the things I haven’t resolved.
Even the coffee tastes different.
Imagine what a company’s employees feel who have their spaces renovated or move offices?
As Interior Designers we work so hard envisioning their new experiences but in relation spend little time considering their experiences before, during and after their move.
We all know how it feels…..
What can we do to better manage change?
Well, we can consider how the change affects the assets of a company by introducing a change management process into our design solutions. We didn’t do anything quite like this for our own personal move. Why would we? Moving your home is like a mini-adventure. Fun around every corner but when it comes to business process adventure is not always the best approach to keep productivity on the upswing.
A good change management plan is primarily about communication and we all know the benefits of good communication. If you consider a plan to keep employees informed and help them understand the company’s goals the benefit can improve productivity during and after the change.
We all have family, friends and colleagues. We may not all be change agents but we can certainly influence people around us by being supportive, understanding and open-minded. Think about these benefits a bit and see how they might apply to your next change be it personal or professional.
A good change management plan can……
- Help increase employee engagement.
- Reduce an individual’s resistance to change.
- Help employees understand the impact on the entire organization not just on themselves.
- Help the company contain costs.
- Create opportunities for improved culture and development of best practices.
- Reduce the time needed to get back to “business as usual”.
That brings us to today’s quote.
I came across Mr. Frankl’s famous book, Mans Search for Meaning (no affiliation), while reading another book called Flow. Flow has inspired me to find that place where I can be at my best. This exercise helps me get there.
Mr. Frankl certainly was inspired by his life and when considering change and the effect of change on a person, his story is certainly an inspirational one. I will leave you with the following quote and hopefully your adventures will lead you to a better understanding of the man and your personal search to manage the changes in your life; wherever they may take you.
If that doesn’t brighten your day then maybe this will.
Have a great Monday and an awesome week.
If you want to read last week’s quote simply click here.