Last-minute changes can have a negative effect on a team, and the impact often depends on various factors such as the nature of the change, the team's flexibility, communication processes, and the overall management.
The team can become disgruntled if changes are happening around them and they have not been made aware, they can feel out of the loop, undervalued and also embarrassed when maybe clients know before them.
The below can happen when last minute changes are made without the correct communication:
Stress and Pressure: Last-minute changes often introduce stress and pressure on team members, as they may need to work longer hours or adjust their plans to accommodate the changes or even simply just the fact they don’t know and the client does.
Reduced Morale: Frequent last-minute changes without clear explanations or support can lead to reduced morale among team members, as they may feel overwhelmed or undervalued.
Communication Challenges: If communication is not handled effectively, last-minute changes can lead to confusion and misunderstandings within the team, affecting collaboration and coordination.
Impact on Deadlines: Last-minute changes can potentially impact project timelines and deadlines, especially if the team is not given enough time to understand the change and even trial the change.
Quality Compromise: Rushed changes may result in a compromise in the quality of the work, as team members may not have sufficient time to thoroughly review the changes made.
So the moral of the story is to ensure that communication regarding last-minute changes is clear, transparent, and timely to minimise confusion. Or more so that last minute changes become a thing of the past and that they are planned in so plenty of time can be given to communicate, this may not always be possible but then ensure you have a communication board or a way in which all employees can be notified.
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