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Making change manageable

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Change can be a hard pill to swallow, especially changes that happen in the workplace.


Windsor Park resident Kevin Swibaker knows all the reasons people tend to resist change and, more importantly, what organizations can do to facilitate changes that often take place when companies implement new processes.


Swibaker is managing director and founder of ChangeConductivity.com, an independent consulting agency that has been helping individuals and organizations cope with change since 2008.


With a master’s degree in industrial organization and years of experience, Swibaker  clearly loves being in the business of helping make workplaces healthy, productive environments.
"Healthy organizations can be broken down into similar elements as relationships," Swibaker explained, "and communication is often the biggest element."


In addition to working with organizations to manage change processes, Swibaker spends much of his time doing management training, leadership coaching, social research and program evaluation, and staying on top of the most recent research in change management.


So why are people so resistant when it comes to changes in the workplace?


"People just want to be listened to and have their input valued," Swibaker told me. He explained that enforcement of new procedures is frequently met with resistance and resentment when no such open communication exists, whereas successful organizations will start the change process by engaging their frontline workers and offering an open forum for employees to express their views.


For more information on the services provided by ChangeConductivity.com, contact Swibaker at 204-285-9799.


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As we continue to wait patiently for the warm weather to arrive, Candyce Jones, co-ordinator of the Frontenac School Family Centre (866 Autumnwood Drive) has some great advice for families:


"Imagination is the best cure for wet and wintery weather!"


She reminds parents with young children that everyone can stay active indoors by moving together to active rhymes and acting out character/animal movements in the books they are reading.


Also for parents: The Frontenac School Family Centre is starting its Ready for School program on April 28. This is a six-week program for children entering kindergarten this fall.
For more info, parents can check www.lrsd.net/schools/frontenac/

Heather Tiede is a community correspondent for Windsor Park. You can contact her at htiede@gmail.com

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