Companies may be resistant to change the way they do things, oftentimes repeating the same mistakes over and over. Sometimes it can take a while to slow down and move to a more quality-driven mindset versus a speed and quantity-driven method. However, as individuals, we can help start to drive change within the organizational culture when it comes to the things we work on for our companies. Here's how:
- Voice any concern and do it early. If the timeline doesn’t seem right, question it. If corners are being cut, raise it as an issue. If things are progressing too fast, put the brakes on.
- Discuss what’s working and not working and do it often. If a goal or quota is causing more issues or work, speak up and suggest a different approach. Humans by nature seem to be set in operating in the same way, even if it’s no longer working. Being proactive and suggesting a new way of doing things is the fastest route to change versus just complaining that something isn’t working.
- Slow down in the right places. Some things can be done quickly and efficiently without any repercussions. Other steps take time. If speed is occurring in all the wrong places, slow down and think. Going on autopilot at the wrong moment can be costly.
- Ask questions—do not remain quiet! If the idea isn’t easily understood or the end game is sketchy, seek more knowledge.
- Work well with others. It seems basic, but teamwork is everything. A project can go south quick if people don’t agree, they argue often, and they can’t get over a stalemate.
It’s important to remember that we are the heart of our organizations. Companies cannot run without us and we need to help them be successful and to avoid future mistakes. After all, it’s not only the company’s name on the product or service being provided, it’s ours as well.