Earth 2 Mars

Jan 11 , 2024
Sustainable Change | What is your Capacity?

In our fast-paced world, we’ve seen the effects on our energy levels when we are constantly on the go. We burn out.

Whether in our personal or professional lives,  our capacity to take on the change and adapt to it can take immense energy.

For an organisation, building the capacity to take on change is a necessary foundation to establish for change projects to have the best chance of success. It helps build resilience and stability, and without it, organisations risk failing not just the project but their peoples wellbeing as well.

In one of our Space for Change™ sessions, we invited Sean Hall from Energx to talk about this topic during a time when burnout and its negative impacts were becoming more spoken about in the Australian workplace. 

We’ll explore the essential skills to build sustainable change capacity to give them the best chance of avoiding burnout.

Let’s begin with the six essentials to building change capacity.

1. Shared Strategic Vision for Success

Change is a journey, and every journey needs a map. A shared strategic vision aligns everyone towards a common goal. It’s like having a compass that points in the same direction, ensuring that efforts are concerted and focused on achieving success.

2. Holistic, Timely Data and Insights

Informed decisions are empowered decisions. Holistic, timely data and insights provide the necessary information to make smart choices during times of change. It’s about seeing the bigger picture, understanding the nuances, and adapting strategies accordingly.

3. Inclusive, Evidence-Based Design

Change is not a one-size-fits-all scenario. Inclusive, evidence-based design involves considering diverse perspectives and utilising data-backed methodologies. This approach ensures that change initiatives are tailored to the unique needs and challenges of the individuals and the organisation as a whole.

4. Mental Health Continuum as a Capability Model

A healthy mind is a resilient mind. Introducing the mental health continuum as a capability model recognises that mental well-being is a crucial aspect of change capacity. By fostering a supportive environment, organisations can empower individuals to navigate change with mental fortitude.

5. Mass Personalisation to Drive Behaviour Change

Personalisation isn’t just for consumer experiences; it’s a powerful tool for driving behavioural change within organisations. Mass personalisation tailors communication and interventions to individual needs, making change initiatives more relatable and achievable.

6. Yearly Momentum and ROI Review

Reflection is the compass of progress. Regularly reviewing momentum and return on investment (ROI) ensures that change initiatives stay on track. It’s about learning from experience, celebrating successes, and refining strategies for future endeavours.

How Artificial Intelligence (AI) Can Help Overcome Burnout and Increase Capacity

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, burnout has become a pervasive issue. AI is constantly evolving and is already serving us as a valuable ally in combating burnout and enhancing overall capacity.

Some AI tools today can analyse workload patterns, predict stress points, and offer proactive solutions to alleviate pressure, fostering a healthier and more sustainable work environment.

Imagine Sarah, a dedicated project manager working tirelessly to meet deadlines and manage a team. As the demands pile up, so does the stress. Burnout begins to take its toll, affecting not only Sarah’s performance but also her mental and emotional well-being. This scenario is all too familiar in today’s fast-paced work environments.

This is where AI tools can help Sarah. There are many AI tools such as Kronos Workforce Dimensions, a workforce management solution, incorporates AI to optimise scheduling, workload distribution, and workforce management. By understanding patterns and predicting demand, it aims to help prevent burnout by ensuring a more balanced workload. Another is Cognisess Pro, it is a predictive people analytics platform that uses AI to assess various aspects of employee well-being, including stress levels, cognitive performance, and overall mental health. It provides insights for both individuals and organisations.

Building change capacity is not a set-and-forget task, but an ongoing commitment by the organisation that requires constant monitoring and having an effective feedback loop that captures how their people are performing and how they are doing mentally. 

When organisations get this right, it allows their people to become high-performing talent.

Keen to learn more?

We help professionals and teams build change capacity through the power of collaboration, co-design, and co-creation. 

Find out how we did that with teams from top ASX-listed companies such as Coles, MYOB, Allianz and more.

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