ERIC Number: ED380556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Employees as Partners in Change. Workforce Brief #3.
Mitchell, Steve; Kaufman, Barbara
According to the employees, employers, and service providers who participated in a series of 18 focus groups across the country, companies striving to reinvent themselves to compete successfully are beginning to recognize the benefits of making employees partners in the change process. Companies have only three levers for making changes in companies: design, technology, and people. Successful change requires that organizations have employees capable of functioning in the new environments resulting from design and/or technology innovations. Engaging employees as partners in change creates a new covenant between employers and employees that includes the following elements: employability, training, information, capacity to act, and rewards. Companies that want change to be a positive force must understand how to engage employees as partners in change. Employees and managers from small and midsized businesses involved in both successful and unsuccessful change have offered the following guidelines for managers wishing to engage employees as partners in change: communicate throughout the change effort, create a culture that supports change, value workers, treat workers equitably, design training to improve performance on the job, and be committed to change. (MN)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: Produced by the National Workforce Assistance Collaborative. For briefs #s 1 and 2, see ED 378 406-407.