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Using Change Management Methodology to Deal with the Risks of Change

written by: Misty Faucheux • edited by: Marlene Gundlach • updated: 5/17/2013

You know that change management methodology can help you successfully implement changes. But, how does it help mitigate the risks of change? Learn more here.

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    In the previous article in this series, you learned what change management methodology is and how it can bring structure to any changes being made in your organization. But what are the risks involved in implementing changes?

    In this article, you will learn about the inherent risks of implementing any change and how change management can help you deal with these risks.

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    Dealing With Resistance from Employees

    Perhaps the biggest and most obvious resistance that you will encounter is going to come from your employees themselves. Most people do not like change. They are used to how things are done and want to keep it that way. Plus, a large percentage of your employees are not invested in the organization and a couple may even be trying to sabotage you. This resistance could lead to failure almost immediately.

    Getting these people involved early and helping them understand why the change is necessary is probably the best way to deal with this situation. Make them an invested partner in the change and the motivators.

    Many employees do not like change for the simple fact that they are not confident that they will be able to perform the new tasks satisfactorily. Give them plenty of training, and maybe even provide some one-on-one counseling to make them feel more comfortable with the new trajectory.

    You need to also follow up with employees once the change has been implemented. Often, employees will fall back into their old routines, which could lead to failure.

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    End-User Acceptance

    Another risk is that the user will not accept the proposed changes. Your clients need to be happy with what you are doing. If they are not, they may find someone else to use. Your clients should then also be involved from the beginning of the intended new direction.

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    Being Realistic

    Above all, you need to make sure that whatever change that you are implementing is realistic. If the change is too over the top or complex, the possibility for failure is very high. It is easier to implement simple changes than overly complicated ones.

    Your biggest risk is always going to be acceptance. Acceptance by employees, staff, management and stakeholders should be your number one priority when initiating change. Change management methodology helps you mitigate these risks by helping you create a blueprint of how to deal proactively with any opposition or any other problems that may arise during and after the new, planned implementation.