Subjects:
Career and Technical Education, Business and Information Technology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Tags:
Adapting, Article, Business, Business Trends, Change, Classroom Activities, Classroom Discussions, Employability Skills, Reading, Report, Trends, Workplace
License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Language:
English
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Education Standards

Adapting to Change in the Workplace - Lesson and Activity

Overview

This lesson focuses on the current business trend of adapting to change and how this trend impacts the workplace. First, use the report to teach your students about this concept and to find classroom implications of this trend. Then, lead the class in a discussion and an activity. A downloadable document of the action brief can be found in the Resource Library. For more action briefs such as this one, visit mbastatesconnection.mbaresearch.org and select "Action Briefs" under "Curriculum/Instruction."

Read the action brief.

Instruct students to read the action brief, or read it together as a class. 

Read the action brief below:

Companies are at risk of going the way of the telegraph, eight-track tapes, or floppy disks. In other words, companies risk becoming a dinosaur if the business or its employees refuse to face the realities of a dynamic business environment.  

Every aspect of business is subject to rapid change. Doing things “the way we’ve always done them” will eventually shutter a business. Today, it’s about a business’s ability to quickly adapt its processes so that it can stay relevant to customers and ahead of the competition. Product lifecycles are shortened; technology’s rapid change is through the roof; and customers rely heavily on the opinions of their peers. The need for agility must permeate management’s and employee’s thinking and actions, thereby better positioning companies to respond quickly to new opportunities.

Here a couple of insightful articles about the need to adapt to change:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffboss/2014/08/28/4-ways-to-help-your-team-adapt-to-change/?utm_campaign=forbestwittersf&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20140702182505-1397425-alarming-pace-of-business-puts-spotlight-on-speed-and-cost-of-change
 

Class Discussion and Activity

Instruct each student to create a short podcast/audio recording in which s/he identifies the predicted change from the video that s/he finds most astonishing. In their recordings, students should also explain why adaptability is so important in life, along with at least three crucial elements of adaptability (e.g., maintaining an open mind, being willing to take a risk, etc.). Lastly, they should also describe what might happen if they aren’t adaptable to the predicted change.

Then, create a short podcast/audio recording in which you identify the predicted change from the video that s/he finds most astonishing. In your recording, explain why adaptability is so important in life, along with at least three crucial elements of adaptability. Lastly, describe what might happen if you aren’t adaptable to the predicted change.

Ask volunteers to share their recordings with the class. After listening to at least three students’ recordings, lead the class in a conversation about the similarities and differences among the main points of the recordings

If you choose, volunteer to share your recording with the class. Then, after listening to several classmates' recordings, discuss the similarities and differences among the recordings.