Preparing Your Workforce for Change – iBTR

Preparing Your Workforce for Change

We’re ushering in the changing seasons with Change Management all March long! Our own Change Management expert, Megan Cavanaugh, shares her secrets for successful and effective Change Management.

First and foremost, any organizational change needs to start with workforce preparation.

Daily processes quickly become a habit. If the workforce should be expected to break protocol in favor of something new, alerting the impacted teams of pending changes will inspire workers to embrace the new ways of working. Anyone who will be working with new technology and processes should be communicated with clearly regarding:

  • What the change will be“We’re getting a new payroll system!”
  • How they will be impacted or helped by the change“This will reduce deduction errors!”
  • When the change is expected to occur“You’ll see the change on May 1st.”
  • How impacted workers will be trained“HR will schedule training meetings in April.”

Keeping employees informed about any upcoming changes will reduce general anxieties, supporting corporate messaging about how valued and respected members of the team really are.

Outside of workforce preparation, there are several other key elements to consider when implementing a change strategy. Overall, change management is important because it helps organizations to effectively manage change, achieving the overall strategic goals and objectives for progress and adaptation to needs.

Organizations will become more adaptable, resilient, and competitive in today’s rapidly changing business environment with a carefully crafted change management strategy… more on that in our next blog in the series!

Stay tuned for more Change Management strategies!


Megan Cavanaugh serves as the Director of Consulting at iBTR, working with brokers and employers to create more efficient strategies for HR work. Megan holds over 18 years’ experience helping organizations find the best solution with the most positive impact on their organization. She is committed to making every interaction count by supporting every element of the process including implementation, change management, and ongoing support.