Effecting change within an organization can be a challenging issue if one has no clear strategies in place. That is the case given that change is often resisted by many people because of the fear of unknown among other reasons. As such, this discussion aims at identifying proven advocacy strategies that I might utilize to effect change in my workplace.
Primarily, successful advocating for change within an organization requires one to use good problem-solving skills. Such is the case given that these skills epitomize the essence of the advocacy process at first-hand. Tomajan, (2012) is of the opinion that in the advocacy process one must seek to establish the current problems within the nursing circle that needs change and then follow it up with the identification of strategies to rectify the situation. With such depiction of the advocacy process, it is clear that the problem-solving skills can be a significant asset of implementing change in workplaces.
Additionally, use of effective communication skills to do away with the challenge of resistance to change. Advocacy entails bringing people together to address them on the need for change in certain areas (Tomajan, 2012). As such, communicating to the audience in a concise and clear manner will help one win their support for the change. Similarly, using this approach in a workplace one can achieve the same results if the presentation of the issue is very compelling.
Lastly, use of influence can also help champion for change in a workplace. That is the case given that ability to influence others to act in a certain direction is central to garnering the much-needed support for a particular change in a workplace (Arabi, Rafii, Cheraghi, &Ghiyasvandian, 2014). Therefore, in advocating for change, such a competency will be an added advantage for one’s pursuit for bettering the workplace.
In closure, from this discussion, it is apparent that a person can use his/her influence, problem-solving and communication skills to advocate for a change in the workplace. As such, going into the future, I chose to perfect on these areas so that when an opportunity arises, I can seize it without doubts of my capability to effect sustainable changes.
Arabi, A., Rafii, F., Cheraghi, M. A., &Ghiyasvandian, S. (2014). Nurses’ policy influence: A concept analysis. Iranian journal of nursing and midwifery research, 19(3), 315-22.
Tomajan, K., (2012). Advocating for nurses and nursing. Online journal of issues in nursing, 17(1), A1.