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Three Change Management Challenges that keep IT Leaders Awake at Night

By Umme Sutarwala - February 02, 2022 3 mins read

In today’s fast-paced life, IT issues cause sleepless nights for many IT leaders. Rapid change is accompanied by dread of the unknown as IT teams continue to use technology to solve business challenges.

Change is difficult, but it is inevitable. It can also be a crucial driver of growth and competitiveness. To satisfy the wave of consumer digital demand at the outset of the pandemic, businesses were forced to embrace a hybrid cloud strategy. For IT teams, making that transformation meant racing into the unknown. There was no way of knowing what would work and what would not.

A change management process does not have to be complex. It should, however, be comprehensive. In today’s business environment, IT leaders face a number of challenges.

Give permission to fail

To begin, IT leaders should recognize and reassure their people that such tough positions will always include unknowns. Vendors will promote new systems and technologies as soon as they are available, promising increased efficiency, cost savings, and revenue growth. Some of the assertions may be accurate. Being the first to adopt new technology, on the other hand, has few advantages. Before IT leaders invest money, let another organization test the potential of new technologies.

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It’s also a good idea to put the technology to the test in the real world before making a final decision. IT leaders should let their employees try out new ideas, knowing that some, if not all, of them, may fail. If IT leaders allow themselves to fail, they stand a chance to try new things and be more creative.

Encourage team members to take on new responsibilities

Knowing that they can try new things and fail will inspire team members to speak up if they don’t think they are in the greatest position. It’s in their best interests, as well as IT leaders’ and the company’s, to ensure that everyone on the team is in the position where they can make the most impact. Someone in the cybersecurity team, for example, can be worried by the constant, growing threats from hackers, but has the technical expertise to support e-commerce or another vital component of the business.

Team members can use open discussions to determine whether they are in the correct job or should pursue one in which they can be more effective. Some members may require retraining in order to recognize new possibilities.

Constantly communicate

It is critical to have constant communication. Everyone on the team should thoroughly comprehend why technology is changing and why other options are not being pursued. This will not only keep them up to date on the latest cybersecurity threats but will also ensure that team members are performing at their best.

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There is understanding when there is regular communication. The team will take ownership of the change if it is understood. This is quite important. People who have access to information are better equipped to make informed decisions. People who are empowered are also released from some of their fears.

IT leaders must try out new technologies and provide their employees the freedom to do so. Encourage them to explore new opportunities within the IT department, and communicate openly and frequently.

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Umme Sutarwala

Umme Sutarwala is a Global News Correspondent with OnDot Media. She is a media graduate with 2+ years of experience in content creation and management. Previously, she has worked with MNCs in the E-commerce and Finance domain

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