Dear Member June 17, 2019 - Change

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What is the one thing that stops many of us cold in our tracks and puts the fear of God into us? CHANGE! I swear it can be the most fearful word for humankind. Surprisingly, we are faced with change every day. However, when it comes to an organization, the word “change” can create an internal mechanism that immediately starts the wheels of fear churning. What does this “change” mean for me? Am I going to be safe? How is this going to affect me? It hits deep, touching on our primal instincts.
 
Having these reactions are just normal human reactions to change and what we all experience. Which brings me to this point. Recently I have seen the sale of several NRV businesses. While selling a company can be a stressful undertaking for the owner, it is also stressful for the employees that work there. As an owner, you carry the bulk of the burden. Not only do you have to handle the negotiations but you need to maintain some semblance of normalcy through the process. It is easy to forget the impact on employees. Don’t underestimate the value of your employees. Employees are the most valuable part of any company and may have been a major consideration in the negotiation of the sale. 
 
So, when your employees have given you their all and have been loyal to the company, they deserve some consideration. Help your employees to make a smooth transition. Be the kind of leader who will put yourself in their shoes and try to understand what they are experiencing. Elevate some of their fears by involving them in the change and communicating honestly with them. Listen to their fears and ideas. Help them move into the next phase. “Research indicates that workers have three prime needs: interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company”(Zig Ziglar). If you are intentional about acting on this, you, your company, and your employees will benefit.
 
Work hard, be productive, and above all else, stay positive. 
 
Peggy White
Executive Director
Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce
peggywhite@pulaskichamber.info
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