Like many corporations, nonprofits often make decisions from the top down. However, incorporating staff into the decision making process can have tremendous benefits for organizations—and make change easier in the long run. Here are three advantages to seeking out staff buy-in:
1. It gives everyone a chance to understand the change. When staff members are not involved in decision making, the motivation for change can be difficult to understand or support. Introducing your staff at an early point can help them understand the strategy behind the change and observe the organization from a 30,000-foot view.
2. It gives leadership the opportunity to see change from another perspective. Change driven from the top can be difficult for people on the ground to implement if leadership doesn’t understand the nuances of the day-to-day work involved. Staff can offer valuable insight into small details that could cause larger problems down the road if implemented incorrectly. A broadly informed decision-making process can help organizations anticipate challenges and course-correct quickly as change unfolds.
3. It helps leadership direct how change is implemented. The earlier staff are involved in decision making, the more opportunities leadership has to shape how they are engaged. Create teams who are tasked with solving different problems. If research is required, find data hounds who enjoy searching out information. If you aren’t sure how to implement a certain change, seek out your practical, on-the-ground employees who are adept at logistics. Make use of energetic new blood and wise veterans alike by matching employees’ unique skill sets to the problems you need solved.
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