Managing Change - Learnings from an Occupational Therapist
Department of Occupational Therapy, Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
- *Corresponding Author:
- Michelle Fair
Department of Occupational Therapy
Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: July 21, 2017; Accepted Date: July 26, 2017; Published Date: July 31, 2017
Citation: Fair M (2017) Managing Change – Learnings from an Occupational Therapist. J Ergonomics 7:e170. doi: 10.4172/2165-7556.1000e170
Copyright: © 2017 Fair M. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Change seems inevitable in our current world of work. Whether it is workforce restructuring, new products and services, changes to ICT, a change in leadership, new customers and staff, varied supply chains, a change in equipment used, new locations where work is performed - the change is endless. As an Occupational Therapist I have seen the impact on workers and the organisation when change is managed poorly. It can lead to an absence from work, psychological and physical injury or illness, poor workplace dynamics, reduced workplace productivity, an increase in worker and customer complaints, and the lodgement of workers’ compensation claims. The following is a summary of what I see as the key features of successfully managing a change initiative. When change isn’t managed well, unfortunately the impact on workers and the organisation can be significant.