2016 has begun! People often begin the New Year with resolutions, but did you actually sustain yours in 2015? Recent research indicates that only a third of Dutch people actually are successful with their resolutions. Apparently many people struggle, changing is never easy, but why do we find it so difficult?
Most changes take time and their results are not always immediately visible. They are quickly abandoned due to impatience. That is particularly the case if change within an organization results in opposition because, for instance, the benefits are not clearly communicated.
Our common sense doesn’t always rule
We aren’t always conscious of it, but even though we are evolved as human beings, our brains are still programmed to pursue survival. As long as there isn’t an urgent reason, such as a life-threatening situation, we always procrastinate as long as possible on changes because the “tried and true” lacks the risks of something new. So we hang onto old practices even when it comes to bad habits, such as sitting too long or moving too little. We’ve always done it this way, so why change now?
If you want to successfully implement change, first institute a good plan. Otherwise the first cracks in the resolution will soon appear. For example, if you want to lose weight and on day one the refrigeration is still full of goodies, it is likely that your plan will quickly crumble. It is better to eliminate possible temptations in advance, preparing well for your plan for change.
We also hear from our clients that the transition to paperless meetings is a struggle in the beginning. Support within the organization is therefore extremely important for a successful transition. If you don’t have it, then opposition can crop up. Thus, it is vital to organize, for instance, a brainstorming session prior to instituting the change. That allows everyone to vent their ideas and concerns, increasing the chance of success.
In addition, we enjoy helping our clients during the implementation process. We arrange for, among other things, a training session on site so that the tools are implemented in the correct manner. This way you broaden the support base for change and we help the associated employees to get on track without delays. And then the advantages are quickly apparent!
Celebrate the success
Successful in your transition? Celebrate your successes, private as well as professional! You can do that at the office, for instance, by announcing the savings obtained by the initiative in your company newsletter. Or, in a visible place such as in the staff lunchroom, place a chart that tracks the positive effects of the change. Then you will get your colleagues more quickly on board the next time! For now I wish you many successful positive changes in 2016! And maybe paperless meetings will be one of your New Year's resolutions.