Week 7 Develop A Plan To Manage Change And Analyze SC Johnson A Family Company Social Media Policies

Week 7 – Assignment 1: Develop a Plan to Manage Change

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Managing change is the process of planning, implementing and sustaining change in organizations. Individuals all have their own unique “depiction” of what change represents, and from this, they formulate their attitude and reactions to the change. Some actively resist the change, but many also use more passive resistance, which is the most difficult. It is not always obvious that the person resists change because they do nothing observable that shows their resistance the change. Change offers organization new realities that are only successful if employees accept and try to meaningfully interpret it. 

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Like the cartoon above, imagine that as a manager you are announcing an organizational change to your team. Although the team members aren’t openly expressing any feelings about the change they have various positive and negative thoughts. Now select three thoughts, at least one that could be assumed resistant or, at least, not supportive of the change displayed by different team members. Then decide the best strategies to address those team members concerns to help them get on board and support the change.

Develop a plan explaining what approaches, methodologies or tools you might use to address resistant team members. Determine which areas team members are targeting regarding their resistance to the change: the planning and implementation; the proposed change, or the individuals leading the change efforts.

Length: 1-2 pages, not including title and reference pages

Include a minimum of three (3) scholarly references, with appropriate APA formatting applied to citations and paraphrasing.

Assignment 2: Analyze SC Johnson A Family Company’s Social Media Policies

The saying “an ounce of prevention” is certainly worth much more than “a pound of cure” has been around for ages but it has never been more appropriate than when a company needs to manage the use of technology and social media specifically in the workplace. A good company social networking policy generally defines “social networking” and establishes clear purposes for the policy along with expected behavioral norms; provides guidance regarding use of social media associated with the organization, employees or customers; refers to proprietary and confidential information at risk; and outlines disciplinary measures for violating the social media policy. Some companies have effective social media networking policies that have been utilized as best practices across industries.  

Begin this assignment by obtaining a copy of SC Johnson A Family Company’s social media policy. You can find examples using the Internet.  Know that in some cases the social media policy might not be a separate policy, but is either included in an overall technology policy or the employee policy manual. (I will be comparing this information with my company’s social media guidelines)

  • Is there a clear purpose underpinning for SC Johnson’s social media policy?
  • What image of social media is portrayed from the overall policy?
  • What concepts of social media and employee functions are identified?
  • What social media challenges are identified?
  • What policy strategies have been selected to address these challenges?

Now, review the Social Media Guidelines from SC Johnson A Family Company organization and summarize the information you learned in a white paper for a new company ready to write their first social media policy. Be sure to include your recommendations.

Length: 1-2 pages, not including title and reference pages

Include a minimum of three (3) scholarly references, with appropriate APA formatting applied to citations and paraphrasing.