Identify advocacy strategies that you can use to create change in your current workplace.
Topic: Advocacy Strategies in changing the Workplace
Advocacy strategies are important as they will help in the campaign for change at the workplace. There are times at the workplace when real change is required but nobody is ready to do that due to lack of good strategies. To be successful in changing the current condition of the workplace, the following advocacy strategies must be used
i. Identifying the goals – each organization is formed with the aim of achieving certain goals during its operational time. After identifying these goals, don’t just stop there! Since change is incremental, choose and start using some short goals and keep to the goals even as time goes by.
ii. organizational considerations – this is a very important factor to consider in any advocacy strategy. To make this work well, you must first list the organization’s resources including the staffs, tools, facilities, e.t.c. After that identify the organization’s budget and then assess the ability of the organization to do this.
iii. Constituents, Allies, and Opponents – First, sit and ponder if there is anyone who may be having a positive interest in your advocacy issue. Then, find if there is anybody can be willing to partner with you? See if there are any support that they can offer. After that, determine if there are some opposed to the move to change the situation of the workplace.
iv. Targets – finding the targets is the main issue at this step of the advocacy strategies. There are those who fear gossips and the fake news over the social media and so may find it hard to reach out to the targeted group.
v. Tactics – The tactics are the actions that you plan to do based on the goals that you have identified, the organization’s available resources, targets, and the support/opposition. The tactics decided on must follow special considerations to other factors that surround the move you have taken.
As you plan to launch your tactics, ask yourself, “does this really make sense?” Some of the tactics may include but not limited to elections, hearings, meetings e.t.c.
Advocacy for any change means that there is a lot of passion in that particular activity, otherwise, it would not be easy to advocate for anything. The process might be long and tiresome but at the end, good things come with the change. With dedication, you can see the change you always wanted to make overtime. however, beware to carefully take your time so as to lay out the exact goals you would have wished to achieve in the long run.
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