Reorganizations? Transformations? Is your company planning change in 2017? In the latest issue of AMA Quarterly, I share tips on how to make change easier and more successful for all parties involved.

Here’s a preview. (You can read the full article here on pages six and seven.)

As companies work their way through change initiatives, reorganizations, and more, employees and leaders are reporting increased levels of change fatigue. How can we make change easier? A plethora of research exists to tell us what makes change initiatives successful—and certainly success is one way to alleviate the stress that comes with change.

So whether your organization plans to revamp processes or people roles or launch a large-scale transformation, it will help to keep the proven lessons and practices of successful change initiatives in mind. Here’s what some of the research shows:

Understand that openness and honesty about all aspects of the change build trust in leaders and organizations. 

Walk the talk by role modeling desired behaviors. 

Prepare for the many emotions and reactions expressed during layoffs. 

At On the Same Page, we help clients explore and deliver improved performance through employee engagement and communication. Never is this process more crucial than when an organization is in the midst of change.

For more than 20 years, Beth has helped business leaders in retail, manufacturing, aerospace, defense, and pharmaceuticals to engage with employees and stakeholders and drive concrete business results. She has served as president of the Communication Leadership Exchange and on the board of PRSA Orlando where she guides public relations practitioners through the accreditation process.