Competent employees know how to get stuff done. They’ve figured out the systems, the processes, and the politics to achieve the outcomes you need to make your department successful. All good, right?
Yes. That is, until you want to do something differently. And then you find that your bright, capable group of employees, especially those that may have been around for a while, are reluctant to try anything new. You want to introduce a new ERP system. Or change the process flow for purchase orders. Or change the automation for hiring new employees.
There are any number of scenarios you can imagine that invoke the refrain so many managers hear when a new idea or way of working comes along: “But, we’ve always done it this way!”
If you’ve ever had to switch from a PC to a Mac or vice versa, you understand that change isn’t easy.
So, what do you do when you want to introduce new ways of working, but find employees resolutely clinging to their old school predilections? Here are five strategies that can help move the needle on getting things done in a new and different way.
1. Address the Failure Factor
2. Establish a Tutoring Program
3. Implement a Brown Bag Community
4. Establish Accountability Partnerships
5. Start Reverse Mentoring
If there’s one thing we know about today’s workplace, it’s that it will never stop changing. In fact, some say our ability to unlearn what we know is one of the most important skills for the future of success in the workplace.
When your teams are called upon to unlearn, and then relearn something new leverage the power of your organization. Address the fear of failure up front, encourage employees to learn from and support one another, and create a sense of community around big changes.
Struggling with helping your team work effectively together?
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