What is Organizational Restructuring?
Organizational restructuring happens when change needs to occur in an organization. There are many ways and methods to restructure your organization and many models to help. If you do even a little research on the internet you can find dozens of models. You will just have to pick the one that is best for your organization.
Before you begin to do any restructuring of your organization, you will have to know more about it and how to do it successfully. One way to start is to have an organizational restructuring definition that better helps to define what you want to do. One definition is any major change in administration structure that is associated with intentional change in programs. There are other definitions, but this is a good one to begin with.
There are many steps in restructuring your organization, and to be successful you should follow the steps. Not every step will work exactly the way that you would expect it to, but it does not hurt to try them. If one step fails, you can pick up and begin on the next step while stopping for a bit to see why that step failed. Listed below are some steps that you could take to restructure your organization.
Steps to Follow
1. Plan Carefully
You need to plan what you are going to do to change your organization and you need to plan the steps along the way. Make sure to include what you are going to do, why you are going to do it, and when it will be done. You also need to include changes in personnel and their duties.
2. Be Transparent
Even if you cannot immediately give all the reasons for the change and the steps that you are taking, you need to be upfront and transparent about what is going to happen. If you cannot tell them everything, find some things that you can tell them about. This will go a long way into helping your staff to understand and to trust you and what you are doing.
3. Tell the Truth
While you may not know all the answers up front and you want the staff to know that you are doing the right thing for the organization, you want to be as honest as you can with them, as well. Do not sugarcoat the negative things, and do not be overly optimistic about the positive things. Just be as honest as you can and tell the staff what they need to know.
You will need to communicate with the staff on each step of the process to make sure that they know what is happening. Make sure they know what is happening and why it is happening. Make sure that you are open to their questions and that you know the answers to those questions. See here for questions and answers about how to communicate. Allow your staff to come and talk with you if they have additional questions for you.
5. Create a Roadmap
You need to create a roadmap to show your employees where the organization has been, where it is at the moment, and where it is going in the future. You do not want to have any surprises and want to be able to show them what is going on. This will help your employees to understand that you are trying to include them in the changes.
6. Provide Training
You will need to provide any training that is necessary, especially if there are technology changes that are happening. This will allow you to move into the changes more freely and allow your employees to be more confident in the changes.
7. Invite Participation
Even if it is not always possible, invite your staff to have a voice in what you are doing. Ask them questions and then show them that you value their input. Allow them to offer up ideas and see if there are ways to implement those ideas that fit into your restructuring plan. This will help your employees to feel valued and able to help with the changes.
8. Do Not Expect to Implement Change Overnight
You do not want to make all the changes at once, they may not work as you expect if you get into too big of a hurry. Things could go wrong, and you would have to start over again. Slow down and do it right the first time and you can save time in the long run.
9. Monitor and Measure
You want to see how things are going, so monitor the changes as you make them. Measure the success or failure of the steps that you are making so that you can stop and reassess the situation to make it better. See this website for ways to monitor and measure for your business: https://www.diycommitteeguide.org/download/strategic-plan-step-6-monitor-and-review. This site has many recommendations for you and your company.
10. Demonstrate Strong Leadership
Make sure that your employees see you as a strong leader and one that is willing to change along with the staff and the organization. If your staff feels that you are weak, they may not feel as comfortable with the changes that you are making.