Hello from WVC.
It is funny how in a short period of time a similar themed conversation appears and grows among groups that are unrelated. Hence the topic for the morning.
You have a question about your team and what they feel or how they would be affected by a paradigm shift. After hours of brainstorming what that shift may look like and what ripples that change may cause; let’s simply ask the people who are most affected.
Don’t get me wrong, the brainstorming on topics related to the new job descriptions or services and duties is GREAT! Having those conversations of “what if?” can create super momentum and ideas. Although once the “what if?” conversation is over, then it is time to figure out how to ask your team for their input, ideas and suggestions.
Curious what you have done with your team in this situation?
I was thinking how it may be a good idea to create a survey monkey and ask various questions that elaborate on their personal preferences.
1. What do you like about your current position? How satisfied are you in your current job? What would you change?
2. How would you feel about this new position (define it/outline it/apply benefits to it)? What challenges can you foresee in the new position? How about rewards and job satisfaction in the new position? Obstacles?
3. When it comes to training, how would that be implemented for the new position?
Simply asking them relevent questions to what they are currently doing and if any of them would be interested in the new position, offering more professional growth and/or training, may shed interesting light on the subject.
I imagine there will be a couple of surprises that came about from the survey. Possibly, the team member you felt would be great for the new position actually WANTS IT! Or the oppoisite may occur, the person you felt who would not be interested TOTALLY IS!
Ultimately, after brainstorming with middle/upper management, take it to your team. They offer incredible insight and have suggestions and comments that will help define the new paradigm, reality, and service.
From the Mandalay Bay Cafe.
Here’s to you and your teams continued success, RR