5 STEPS FOR DEVELOPING A POSITIVE WORK ENVIRONMENT DURING TOUGH TIMES
By Beverly Ingle
An experience strategist develops policies, usually at a high level within a company or organization, that focus on creating ongoing successful experiences for the organization’s stakeholders. An experience strategist is also concerned with the organization’s internal structure, culture, processes and values that allow it to successfully create those experiences. An experience strategist can also fill some key gaps left in the wake of reduced funding, keeping the organization’s stakeholders engaged during difficult times and smoothing over some of the rough patches. Can corporate successes be commuted to public school districts and create a measurable degree of value, while serving as a short-term salve in the absence of much-needed resources? Yes, here’s how.
Let’s start with a corporate-world example. Company Y had another difficult fiscal year and for the second year in a row would be unable to award any type of raises – cost-of-living or otherwise – to its staff of 30 – a gap. However, Company Y was able to restructure its benefits package and give each staff member an additional four hours of personal time off per year – a fill. Had the gap remained unfilled, the employee’s experience of working for Company Y would have been altered considerably with likely a negative outcome: unhappiness, disengagement, resentment, etc. Yet the gap was filled, and although the employees were disappointed to face another year without a pay raise, they were pleased with the benefit that filled the gap, and their net experience remained positive.
Now, port that type of dynamic into a public school system. Facing budget cuts of near historical proportions, the Anytown Independent School District is challenged to find the most cost-efficient yet effective means to maintain the quality education they are providing to their student body. Inevitably, rising to that challenge will require embracing change. A lot of change. And it’s quite likely that it will be a degree of change with which the majority of stakeholders are not comfortable.
Smart leaders grab hold of innovative opportunities to help themselves and their staffs weather change successfully. Here are five steps to leverage experience strategy to help make this year of unprecedented change in education a little more palatable.
Leveraging experience strategy during times of change can be powerful for all types of organizations. However, unlike numerous other programs and processes often marketed as the proprietary tools of leadership organizations, experience strategy requires an ongoing commitment from senior leadership to realize its true worth by regularly monitoring progress, soliciting input from stakeholders and making modifications whenever necessary to achieve desired outcomes. Once senior leadership sees the affects of experience strategy, even during times of great financial constraints, they will readily embrace the commitment needed for ongoing support . . . and they’ll enjoy the experience of making a positive impact on their district.
A design and resiliency strategist certified in innovation leadership, Beverly Ingle evangelizes the unique and innovative approaches needed for all organizations to embrace change to create a better future. Ms. Ingle is the Founder of Resilient By Design, San Antonio; email@example.com
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