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Which Type of Change is Toughest on Teams?

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Change may be constant, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. How well does your team handle change in the workplace? Here’s what The Creative Group and AIGA discovered in a survey of more than 750 creative professionals.

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Which Type of Change is Toughest on Teams?

  1. 1. © 2015 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. The Creative Group survey of more than 750 in-house AIGA members nationwide. TOUGHEST ON TEAMS? © 2015 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. TOUGHEST ON TEAMS? WHICH TYPE OF CHANGE IS Change can be gradual or abrupt, dramatic or subtle. It happens in good times and bad, whether we’re prepared for it or not. How well does your team handle change in the workplace? Here’s what The Creative Group and AIGA discovered in a survey of more than 750 creative professionals nationwide. WHICH TYPE OF CHANGE IS
  2. 2. © 2015 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. The Creative Group survey of more than 750 in-house AIGA members nationwide. TEAMS HAVE THE HARDEST TIME ADAPTING TO: 1 Changes in internal processes and procedures (e.g., new approval process) Very easy 7% | Easy 42% | Challenging 41% | Very challenging 10% 2 Changes in staffing (e.g., new coworkers, restructuring) Very easy 9% | Easy 43% | Challenging 38% | Very challenging 10% 1% Too many risks are taken that result in a negative outcome 28% We take the right amount of risks 3Changes in business direction (e.g., new products, services, messaging) Very easy 16% | Easy 47% | Challenging 32% | Very challenging 5% 45% We do some risk-taking, but not enough 26% We play it much too safe 4Changes in technology (e.g., new design software) Very easy 18% | Easy 56% | Challenging 22% | Very challenging 4%
  3. 3. © 2015 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. The Creative Group survey of more than 750 in-house AIGA members nationwide. CHANGE ISN’T ALWAYS EASY 1% Too many risks are taken that result in a negative outcome 28% We take the right amount of risks 45% We do some risk-taking, but not enough 26% We play it much too safe Less than half (45%) of creative professionals believe change at their organization is carefully considered and well planned. Only half of creative professionals say they receive adequate training and information to keep up with changes in the industry. While 47% of creative professionals feel employees are involved in planning and implementing change, the other 53% disagree. About two-thirds (64%) of creative professionals feel their leadership team is open to different ideas and opinions.
  4. 4. © 2015 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. The Creative Group survey of more than 750 in-house AIGA members nationwide. 5 Help staff adjust faster and with less anxiety using the following strategies 5 © 2015 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. TIPS FOR NAVIGATING CORPORATE CHANGE
  5. 5. © 2015 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. The Creative Group survey of more than 750 in-house AIGA members nationwide. EXPLAIN THE CHANGES1Explain the impact of impending changes on individual team members and the whole group. Help your team integrate new priorities and additional responsibilities to minimize anxiety and stress.
  6. 6. © 2015 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. The Creative Group survey of more than 750 in-house AIGA members nationwide. INVOLVE YOUR TEAM2 Give your team an opportunity to talk about how they’ll handle the changes. Use brainstorming sessions to spark dialogue and foster collaboration.
  7. 7. © 2015 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. The Creative Group survey of more than 750 in-house AIGA members nationwide. GET ORGANIZED3 Encourage your team to make full use of project management software and other organizational tools to handle competing assignments and deadlines.
  8. 8. © 2015 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. The Creative Group survey of more than 750 in-house AIGA members nationwide. PROVIDE ONGOING SUPPORT4 Ensure your team has adequate resources to take on new duties. Offer additional training to prevent “trial-by-fire” pressure. Bring in freelancers to help with projects as your staff gets up to speed.
  9. 9. © 2015 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. The Creative Group survey of more than 750 in-house AIGA members nationwide. RUN INTERFERENCE5 Be an intermediary for your team and clients when necessary.
  10. 10. © 2015 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. The Creative Group survey of more than 750 in-house AIGA members nationwide. You can find additional information about Creative Team of the Future, including our latest survey data and expert interviews, on the TCG Blog.

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