During the installation of a new track, it’s easy to get lost in the hardware. As new diagnostic systems, pre- and post-analytical modules, and data-management systems are being delivered, assembled, tested, etc., it is critical to perform load and menu balancing to establish productivity benchmarks that will be used during optimization and ongoing health checks. However, it is also crucial to slow down and carefully address an important, yet intangible, factor that impacts success: effective change management. Whether this is your first automation project or an expansion, you are not only integrating chemistry, immunoassay, hematology, and hemostasis testing—you are uniting people.
Change management looks deeply at the work culture: the beliefs, values, and assumptions that influence how quickly and easily the organization adapts to the changes in workflow. For example, although new procedures for loading samples may have been identified during planning, unspoken perceptions such as fear of job loss, lack of skills, comfort zones, negative history of change, etc., can impede the adoption of these new activities. Without a carefully managed approach, newly automated laboratory operations may be subject to confusion, anxiety, frustration, false starts, and only gradual change. Successful transitions incorporate vision, skills, incentives, tools, and a formal action plan.
For Siemens, delivering a laboratory automation solution includes supporting transition management. With more than 1400* projects to our credit, we can offer techniques to help a project leader create a sense of urgency, form power coalitions, communicate a vision, empower others to act, and establish the short-term wins, celebrations, and recognition that contribute to success.