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What is an organizational readiness assessment?
An organizational readiness assessment is an official measurement of the preparedness of your company to undergo a major change or take on a significant new project. You don’t want to jump into a big change or project without knowing if your company has the resources to accomplish it effectively.
Conducting an organizational readiness assessment gives you the knowledge and assurance that your company’s proposed endeavor will be successful if you decide to go ahead and do it. It can also save your company’s reputation by allowing you to avoid a potentially high-profile failure for engaging in a project you were not ready to complete.
A readiness assessment usually assesses the following:
- Project goals and objectives
- Expectations and concerns
- Leadership support of the project
- Ability to adapt to change
- Ways to minimize potential project failure
- Project governance and decision making
- Other critical project needs
Readiness Assessments Help You Address Potential Project Failures
This type of assessment also gives your company the ability to address any potential issues before they become big problems as you move forward on the proposed project. This is important because it will save your company time and money, and even improve the profitability of the change, if the change is a project you are taking on for a client.
Readiness Assessments Help You Address Changes with Employees
In addition, the organizational readiness assessment allows you to address the details of the change with your employees to determine if they are ready for such change and have the ability and resources they need to do their part in it. This is another way that doing the assessment is a smart move.
Being kept in the loop and engaged with what the company is doing will make your employees feel more valued, which will increase their personal investment in the proposed change or project and motivate them to want to do their part in it well.
Why a Third-Party Should Create Your Readiness Assessment
An organizational readiness assessment is a checklist that is usually custom made based on the current situation at your company and the parameters and requirements of the change or project you intend to pursue.
A third-party auditing company like I.S. Partners, LLC is the best choice to create an organizational readiness assessment for you. A third party will be able to look at your company and your proposed project objectively, without the attachment to it that you and your employees will have, and that could get in the way of a realistic assessment.
Your auditor will look at your company’s resources, and the needs of the project, and use this information to prepare a custom checklist for you. Your auditor will even conduct the assessment for you, using the checklist they prepared, and give you a detailed report of their findings, and will consult with you on those findings and their recommendations based on them.
What Can a Readiness Assessment Do for Your Business?
A good readiness assessment means having good organizational programs and project readiness. These are the precursors of quality improvement and are achieved when your company feels like it is ready to make a big change, alter the current way you do things, restructure the business, or take on a large and important new project for a client. The first sign of organizational readiness is your company’s willingness to alter your current practices to be more compatible with the needs of the change or project you are proposing.
Your professionally prepared organizational readiness assessment will pinpoint:
- Your available company resources,
- the characteristics of your employees,
- and areas in which your company needs to improve in order to take on the change or project and make it a success.
How to Use Your Organization Readiness Assessment
The results of the organizational assessment will give you the additional benefit of identifying the strengths of your organization, most particularly the things that will be the strongest assets for you in your proposed change.
Finally, your organizational readiness assessment will allow you to know whether your organization meets the requirements to even consider the change or project you have in mind. If you don’t have the requirements now, the assessment will let you know what you need to acquire and any changes you need to make or training you need to do in order to make the proposed project a successful one that your company actually can accomplish, and accomplish brilliantly.
Related article: Overview of the HITRUST CSF Readiness Assessment.
Looking to Have a Readiness Assessment Completed?
If your company is considering making a big change to its structure or the way it does business, or is trying to determine whether a proposed new project from a client is something it can actually take on, an organizational readiness assessment will be an invaluable tool for you.
I.S. Partners, LLC will come to your company and create a custom organizational readiness assessment checklist for you, then consult with you on the results and what they mean. They will even advise you on what you need to do to make your company ready if it is determined to not be when the assessment is done. Your company has goals to become better, more profitable, and/or better known. Taking on big changes and projects can make this happen for you. An organizational readiness assessment by I.S. Partners, LLC will be instrumental in getting your company there. Give us a call at 215-675-1400.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.