What is Change Fatigue, and what are best practices, tools and templates for teams and organizations?
Definition of Change Fatigue
Change Fatigue happens when the purpose and outcomes of an organizational change are poorly communicated, creating a sense of frustration and exhaustion. This is especially true when the result that is promised doesn’t happen or is severely delayed. Throughout the change management process, employees can become overwhelmed with work and confused about priorities. If there is an ongoing, constant feeling of urgency, employees will tend to burn out since sustaining urgent energy and motivation is difficult over the long-term.
Description of Change Fatigue
Change Fatigue starts to occurr when the end points and processes aren’t clear.
The best ways to avoid Change Fatigue include:
- Develop an articulate plan: introduce what the change is going to be and what the intended outcome is.
- Communicate clearly: Clear communication between management and employees as to what the change entails and what is expected from them creates understanding.
- Maintain realistic expectations: Explaining in depth what the change is and what is expected from every employee will help everyone get on board.
- Seek feedback: Reaching out to and receiving feedback from employees will lead to a better picture of how to improve and modify the plan.
- Be patient: Understand that adapting to change won’t happen at the same speed for everyone. Reaching out and focusing on those that are onboard will help change the attitude of others.
Tools & Templates
Change Fatigue is best avoided by providing frequent communications through various channels and using a platform where everyone involved in the change can obtain information in real-time.
upBOARD's Online Change Fatigue Tools & Templates
Unlike most traditional Change Management processes, upBOARD’s online Change Fatigue tools allow any team or organization to instantly begin working with our web templates and input forms. Our digital platform goes far beyond other software tools by including progress dashboards, data integration from existing documents or other SaaS software, elegant intuitive designs, and full access on any desktop or mobile device.
Learn more about upBOARD’s portfolio of other change management best practice tools and templates, including:
AIM Accelerated Implementation Methodology, Beckhard & Harris Change Process, Boston Consulting Group Change Delta, Brainstorming, Bridges’ Leading Transition Model, Burning Platform, Case for Change, Change Fatigue, Change Management Curve, Change Management Impact Analysis, Change Management Maturity Model, Change Management Levers, Change Management Plan, Change Management Roadmap, Change Proposal, Change Readiness Assessment, Change Resistance Management Plan, Change Risk Assessment, Change Success Metrics, Communications Planning, Core Values, Deming Change Cycle, EASIER Change Management, Employee Engagement Plan, Feedback Capture Grid, Focus Groups, Geert Hofstede’s 6 Dimensions of Culture, GE Change Acceleration Process, Go-Live Planning, Head, Heart and Hands Model, Kotter’s 8-Step Change Model, Kubler Ross Change Curve, Lewin’s Change Management Model, Maurer’s 3 Levels of Resistance, Nudge Change Model, People Centered Implementation, Performance Support, Process Mapping, Sponsor Roadmap, Stakeholder Analysis, Stakeholder Interviews, Switch Change Framework, User Acceptance Testing, VRIO Framework and What’s In It For Me (WIIFMs).