Sustainability is gaining momentum locally and globally for many forward-thinking businesses, it is already a priority. For sustainability to be truly embedded into a business the across the three pillars (environmental, social & economic) there needs to be a cultural shift. Achieving this cultural change needs to consider not only how the management introduce these changes but the staff that are key to making it happen.  

Leading through change can be extremely challenging in business, as there is a pre-existing culture in which it operates and potentially layers of sub-cultures in larger businesses. In order to maximise the outcome of these changes and increase the likelihood of the cultural shift being successfully maintained in the long-term, there are a number of steps you can take:

Step 1:

Is to start at the top!

Behavioural change amongst CEOs and directors is key to making the environmental shifts needed for sustained success and maintaining this. In our experience how the CEOs and directors lead the business the cultural shift will directly influence the impact the long-term outcome

Step 2:

Engagement through the transition period!

Understanding how your staff feel and listening to their concerns cannot be under stated. It is your staff who will ultimately be implementing these changes and responsible for maintaining them on a day to day basis. Change of any kind causes stress, feelings of insecurity, fear of the unknown and can create a lack of confidence in their individual ability to take on board and act on new ideas. Helping your staff to understand the benefits of the new ideas and how the systems will ultimately lead to a more cost effective and sustainable business will significantly reduce any worries they may have.  

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