Organizations spend a lot of money getting employees to accept change.
"A system is changing and we need employees to start using it differently."
"A policy is changing and we need people to start doing things differently."
"Our department is changing and we need people to accept it."
And the list goes on.
Entire departments are devoted to helping employees navigate the change. The organization I work at has one - the Organizational Development team. Maybe you have one too? Change Management team? Transition Management? Sound familiar?
Change is hard, so it's good to invite people to help others in the workplace navigate that change and (if you're lucky) embrace it.
But what if instead of devoting resources to helping people embrace the change, we devoted resources to helping people embrace Change?
Rather than being reactionary when there's a change, instead get people bought into the idea of change as a good thing in order for the organization to meet its vision.
How about hiring people who encourage change, the people who see it as a pathway to getting good stuff done?
How about sharing with new employees how the organization has changed for the better and how change will help it in the future?
How about workshops that help your leaders not only accept change, but run towards it?
Rather than change management, how about Change Embracing?