Your Guide for Navigating Cascading Change in 2022

2022 Change Management Insights eBook

Change Management in 2022

Two significant and interrelated forces—the COVID-19 pandemic and the Great Resignation—have forced companies to scramble to navigate the cascading impact. Most are taking a long look at their future organizational and tech needs. Many are already initiating change. 

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are also on the rise, prompting investments in large-scale tech transformations and significant personnel reorganizations. Whether companies are launching a single change transformation project, or several simultaneously, there is a trickle-down impact that affects your people.

Your workforce will adapt to whatever you map as the best way forward. If you are charged with managing this change, our 2022 Change Management Insights eBook shares new industry survey results that confirm you are not alone in leading high-profile organizational transformations.

In this eBook, we examine the leading trends and offer insights to consider as you move forward.

Who is Championing Large-Scale Change Right Now?

Propeller’s survey of 400 U.S.-based professionals across industries was conducted by an independent survey firm at the end of 2021. Of the respondents, 44% had a C-suite title and 17% were in senior management roles.

These survey results confirm our client experiences; it is company leaders across industries who are championing accelerated change transformations in 2021 and 2022.

Why are leaders everywhere betting on the outcomes of wholesale organizational transformations?

The Upsides to Proactive Change Management

As change practitioners know, wide-scale change is layered and complex. It is never a simple undertaking. And yet, leaders today are recognizing that organizational change not only minimizes risk, most now see it as essential in sharpening their company’s collective change muscle in anticipation of mission-critical transformations down the road. 

When large-scale organizational change management is rolled out strategically and with the employee experience front and center, the outcomes are measurable:

  • New levels of workforce engagement, allegiance, and resilience
  • A reduction in employee change fatigue
  • A bolstering of leadership skills

Why Keeping A Wide-Lens on Change is Critical

It is more important than ever in today’s business environment for change leaders to comprehensively consider the cascading, upstream/downstream impact. It may be a singular organizational change, or multiple initiatives that need to happen simultaneously. These cascading change moments require leaders to fully evaluate the end-to-end workforce experience and impact, as illustrated in the diagram below.

Change isn’t stopping. Change moments continue to be bigger, influence more people, hold cross-functional impact, and can happen simultaneously. Understanding how these change moments cascade and cluster will help change managers resource, plan, and ultimately implement these changes, all while managing employee fatigue and burnout. 

“With the quantity and depth of change occurring, companies need to continue to develop and mature their change capabilities. Building that muscle over time will enable companies to gain trust with their employees and customers and ultimately take on more change as market needs shift.”

—Riley Smith, Director, People & Change Practice


Download our eBook, Your Guide to Navigating Cascading Change in 2022, to unlock four compelling change management trends and the insights that go with them.

In the eBook you will learn:

  • What types of full-scale organizational transformations are occurring and why
  • How large-scale change is affecting people and how to respond
  • Insights for effective change management implementation

These insights, and the context that shaped them, will give you the confidence to initiate your own brand of change for organizational success.