Companies and organizations must reinvent themselves and revisit their strategic plans to remain competitive. Organizational change may be a necessary part of rebranding a company. The process of restructuring a team is often challenging for even the most experienced executive staff. It requires more than simple management techniques that work for daily operations. Here are some sound leadership tips for conducting an internal restructure.
Define Clear Goals
The first step toward successfully restructuring any company is to determine what changes are required. Employees need to understand what changes are happening and why. This sometimes means rehashing past obstacles. Reiterating challenges that sparked the need for change will ensure the company does not backslide into bad habits. Sloppy business practices that result in an internal restructure include:
- Poor communication
- Sluggish sales
- Ineffective leadership
- Employee dissatisfaction
- Low productivity
Most internal restructures result in new positions being created, and many result in current positions being eliminated. Employees at all level of the organizational chart may fear they are on the chopping block. Communicate with your staff regarding potential layoffs and additional organizational matters. This eliminates an undercurrent of fear, quells rumors, and maintains a positive image surrounding the reorganization.
Revisit Job Descriptions
Virtually every reorganization requires an overhaul of current position descriptions. A fresh set of goals, responsibilities, and expectations should be delivered to and reviewed with each employee. Gaining employee support, in this sense, can be vital for moving the organization forward in a new direction.
Answer Questions and Follow Up
Communicate new priorities early and often. Check in with employees to ensure they understand the shift in focus as well as their role within the organization. Answer questions openly and allow room for discussion. Share relevant data that expresses the success and challenges of the internal restructure.