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If your efforts to implement new sustainability measures are hitting a wall of “No” from decision-makers, try something that has worked well for others:
Suggest piloting a new initiative.
It's easier to get sign-off on a trial run.
A pilot could be a short amount of time or a small amount of staff, or both. By starting small, when challenges arise, they’ll be on a smaller scale, and you can find solutions before rolling out full force.
Often people’s perceived fears of what could go wrong are bigger than reality. Once you’re able to demonstrate that the wort-case-scenario didn’t happen, it will be easier to get buy-in.
Track complaints and compliments, issues and resolutions, as well as outcomes during the pilot. If you have a few vocal dissenters, their voice is put into the broader perspective of the whole workplace.
Once you’ve shown it can be done, it'll be easier to get the go-ahead to take it workplace-wide.
More tips for getting buy-in: Speak to their interests