External factors are no longer the key issue in the functioning of SMEs. At the same time, the importance of effectively managing changes within company structures is increasing.
According toresearch conducted by Employers of Poland and the Polish Consulting and Adviser Association, 56 percent of companies consider internal processes to be the main cause of changes within their structure. Mechanisms related to human resources management (changes in the number of employees – 30 percent) as well as changes in work organization caused by the introduction of new IT solutions (27 percent), were mentioned particularly often. Maintaining the optimum number of employees is one of the most important aspects of the way companies function. At the same time, the need for management and personnel to acquire new skills is the biggest obstacle in engaging them in the processes of implementing changes (33 percent).
Despite the awareness of the importance of managing change, there is a shortage of know-how regarding the tools facilitating this process – as many as 24 percent of respondents declare that they had no knowledge in this regard. Thus it is imperative that initiatives educating entrepreneurs on ways to manage change in SMEs are introduced. In response to this demand, the project “Effective change management – the key to the adaptation capacities of Polish companies in times of economic downturn” was started by Employers of Poland and the Polish Consulting and Adviser Association.
The main objective of the project is to support SMEs by analyzing needs, counseling and training in managing changes in structures. This will provide employees with opportunities to learn more about the process of implementing changes in an organization, as well as about the ways to adapt to these changes.
Marcelina Cieślak, expert of Employers of Poland