Management in Practice
Research Question: How can FFCRC adopt change management in order to support employees during the transition to the HESC project?
Purpose for my part: Make recommendations to FFCRC management about how to solve the HESC project’s management challenge using the HRM approach.
I want to make a recommendation in relation to 1 area which only links to HRM. And also, a recommendation needs to be based on 7-s Frameworks. (The McKinsey 7S Model)
Management in Practice
The HESC project is aimed at combating carbon emissions globally (Hancock & Ralph, 2021). The project supports a sustainable practice where carbon emissions are reduced and there is little or no emission from rail to sea during transport. In the transition from FFCRC to the HESC project, several changes and change management protocols need to be adopted. Particularly, proper Human Resource Management is critical for a successful change and the overall success of the organization. FFCRC needs to support employees and focus on their well-being for the success of the project (Page, Turan, Zapantis, Burrows & Consoli, et. al, 2020).
Several change management practices are applicable in driving a positive change and equipping employees with the necessary changes. The main recommendation to FFCRC management about how to solve the HESC project is to strategically adopt The McKinsey 7S Framework and lay special emphasis on the element of shared values (Baishya, 2015). The framework consists of 7 elements comprising strategy, structure, systems, staff, style, skills, and shared values. A change in one element directly or indirectly affects all other elements because of the interdependency of the model. The recommendation requires that special focus is laid on promoting shared values because it is where the inconsistency is seen to arise. The element of shared values is the center of the 7S Model which explains an organization’s core values as depicted in its corporate culture and work ethics. It is within the core values and works ethics of FFCRC to support sustainable energies and reduce emissions. Similarly, it is not against the organization’s corporate culture to introduce hydrogen energy for sustainability. However, a major challenge arises from employee resistance and the urge to remain in a ‘lock in’ regime. This is where the shared values element of the 7S framework comes in handy in managing the change by changing employees’ attitudes. First, it is important to note that most employees who resist change do not understand it. Making the employees understand the change as well as involving them brings out the merits of the change (Hayes, 2018). Therefore, creating awareness of the need for adopting the HESC project in promoting sustainability will make the change worthwhile implementing. Creating a common basis of shared values will ensure that all other elements fall into place. Because of the complexity of the energy industry where change is highly resisted, a strong basis for a change needs to be formed to ensure that all employees cooperate. That way, the HESC project will have huge local economic benefits in Australia and contribute to international environmental goals (Bhandari, 2019).
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