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One of the best ways to drive change at an organization is to find a person to advocate for the idea, whether it’s someone higher up in a different department, an indirect supervisor, or a peer. A mentor can support and spread the idea. While building internal relationship takes time, it is essential to driving change faster.
Change is not easy, so you have to be willing to fight for it and stick with it for the long-haul. It’s unlikely that the first time an HR professional introduces a new initiative, technology or process that it will be seriously considered. An idea needs to be heard many times before it can start to feel familiar and worth the risk.
When one builds his or her plans for change, they must consider the time it will take to get the green light, whether that means a month, 6 months, a year or 2 years. The timeline should never deter someone from innovating. If one remains persistent, it will pay off in the end.Driving change isn’t easy. If it were, everyone would be an HR innovator. HR professionals must be passionate enough about innovation, and overtime, their internal relationships will strengthen and their persistence will eventually drive the innovation.