“Work smarter, not harder” is an old adage…but it’s actually true in today’s work environment! To illustrate: hard-working Harold is the first one to arrive and the last one to leave the office. We all have a hard-working Harold at our companies – he shows true dedication and a willingness to put in extra effort. He drinks 5 cups of coffee every morning, pours over paperwork at 1:00 in the morning, and types 80 words per minute. However, Harold will probably not outperform Agile Anna, who more effectively supports peers, seeks feedback, and adapts to changing situations.
CEB found through quantitative research that agile employees outperform hard workers. However, 75% of surveyed employees are not agile. As a result, communications teams are fighting an uphill battle when trying to help the organization adapt to ongoing change.
How can you use communication to help employees be more agile in the workplace? Take a look at these 3 ready-to-use tools:
- 6 Important Questions to Ask Peers in order to accelerate learning: this self-reflection guide helps employees apply what they learned in interactions with colleagues or clients to their own work.
- 4 Principles to Enable Peer Sharing and Learning: you can apply these principles to existing communications events such as town halls in order to facilitate employee best-practice sharing in a more natural way, as part of day to day work.
- Turn One-Way Leader Messages into Structured Dialogues: use this step-by-step map to choose your communications objective, plan messages to support your choice, and facilitate ongoing dialogue between managers and employees.
What challenges has your company encountered when adapting to change? What strategies do you use to improve your employees’ agility? Feel free to add your tips and tricks in the comments below.
- Building a Change-Ready Organization
- Employee Engagement Topic Center
- The Modern Communicator’s Skill Set