Think about the people you work with day in and day out: those you manage, those who manage you, those who keep your organization moving in the direction you want it to move and others
Each team member probably has key strengths and unique abilities that made you want him or her to be a part of your team in the first place.
Each team member also has a unique personality. Some are more likely to “go with the flow,” others are probably more likely to focus on procedures, to do things by the book. Some may be more hesitant to accept change than the rest.
We’re all creatures of habit, some just demonstrate that tendency more than others. For you, as a manager, it might feel like you hit a wall every time you try to introduce something new. It can be frustrating, but, it doesn’t mean there isn’t hope.
When you have a new project to introduce to your team, you can be excited. With a few simple steps, you can even turn your most ardent naysayers into enthusiastic project leaders.
Ready to learn more? Keep reading.
Gather Feedback from Day One
Your team members are more likely to be excited for your upcoming workflow solution implementation if they feel as though they were a part of the decision making process from the start.
To make this happen, start with simple focus groups or roundtable discussions. Share that you’re looking to make a few changes to certain processes, and ask them what that looks like to them.
Ask about places they consistently run into walls. Ask about frustrations. Ask about what feels like it’s going right. Be open to feedback, even if the feedback isn’t what you expect.
Make these open meetings a regular occurrence throughout the process, the more involved each team member feels, the more successful your project will be in the long run.
Explain the Benefits
A mobile workflow that revolutionizes the way your organization moves and grows into the future, while enabling better decision making probably sounds like a no-brainer to you. Why wouldn’t you want to jump into something that powerful?
Your team members might see it differently. They may hear “mobile workflow” and think “long hours learning a new system that they won’t understand.”
However, if you take the time to explain the benefits, and the support that will be available during any transitions, you may be able to ease some of the apprehension that’s likely to crop up, especially in the beginning.
Identify Your Key Supporters
Who seems least resistant to change? Who seems like they get the bigger picture? Appoint these individuals as project leaders.
Bring them into your loop and your dilemma. Let them know you’d appreciate their help in keeping group morale as high as possible. Share why this matters to you and give them responsibilities relating to the project as a show of good faith. Show your appreciation at all times.
Encourage Exploration, Learning and Asking Questions
When team members feel like a decision has been made over their heads, they’re less likely to be excited.
But, when they’re invited to participate in training sessions, to ask questions and to provide feedback, their comfort levels, and enthusiasm, will increase.
Be Available and Part of the Team
When you’re one of the team, instead of one above the team, resentment that might be hiding may disappear altogether.
Remember, your new workflow has major positive implications for your organization. Jump in with the enthusiasm you expect from your team. Train with them, be vulnerable and ask the questions you think they may be thinking.
Most importantly, be available. Keep your door open and invite feedback. Listen to it and do what you can to reduce any anxiety before it becomes a problem.
Mobile workflows are exciting. They lead to smoother processes, better decision-making, more efficient reporting and more. Your team will be excited in no time when they learn the possibilities.
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