This Workplace Culture section is the place for you to find topics worth taking action on, give some thought and consideration and then commenting on related to your career and workplace. Today we begin a little bit off topic.
Traffic and driving on the road have become a completely new experience with the complete explosion in the use of smart phones. When you are out driving have you been at a red light in a line of cars and the light changes to green and no one moves? Everyone is on their smart phones texting, emailing, searching the internet. They are just not driving. A group of traffic flow professionals is actually studying the possibility of changing the method of how traffic lights work. Their thinking is to actually skip a series of green light changes to permit everyone the opportunity to text. They are testing a rectangular sign which would reside near the traffic light which would rotate wording between; ‘Text Now’, ‘Stop Texting’, ‘Drive Now’. Would anyone notice?
The statistics consistently prove when cars are driven in excess of the speed limit the gas miles per gallon efficiency rapidly deteriorates for every five miles per hour over the speed limit. In addition, traffic tickets, marked cars, unmarked cars, none of these seem to be able to reduce the speed at which cars drive. A group of highway driving safety professionals have almost completed their study of the use of trained professional drivers to drive in and around busy highways in a region and to only drive the speed limit and to always drive in the left lane. The purpose is to have enough speed limit drivers in the left lane spread out in an area to force the traffic flow to follow the speed limit. So next time you cannot believe this person ahead of you is going so slow, be careful, this driver may be one of the drivers conducting the study.
The actual dates of implementation of these studies is upcoming. The exact timing is not publicly available at this writing.
What takes place in your office when a new idea or a new way of getting something done is put into place? Worse yet, and no one involved was asked about it. Even worse yet, when the people directly involved recognize how silly the idea or concept actually is and are in total disbelief that it is now a real world policy or way of doing things.
Consider the dynamics of your workplace. What exactly will take place?
A few items to consider –
- Bring a working group together and at a high level determine what is good, what is bad and how to fix this new system or new method.
- Seek out the key stakeholders and present the results of your group meeting.
- Identify three or four people from the direct implementation team who would actually be willing to implement, train and manage change as new systems are put into place.
Try these three out and feel free to add others or adjust these steps as necessary.
Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive and personal coach who resides in Stamford, CT.