Some things are simply beyond our capabilities, making us reach out to others who have more expertise. However, working with a consultant can make people anxious because they have to make the most of this new investment, regardless of whether they stay temporarily.
There are ways you can do to reduce your anxiety and make things work out for the best, even if you’re working with someone new but talented and experienced.
1. Educate yourself
Just because you’re not an expert in a particular field, it doesn’t mean you can’t study. Besides, it’s your organization and your project, so you have a bit of know-how. Before meeting the consultant for the first time, get on top of what you’re currently experiencing and what you’re trying to achieve.
Being aware of your current situation and properly laying it out can help the consultant put things into perspective. Be thorough and detailed; make a presentation if you have to. The consultant will appreciate your work ethic and dedication and positively impression you and the company, which will allow for a good professional relationship.
2. Be aware of packages
Some consultants offer a bundle of related services, and these packages usually have a lower overall cost but provide the best value. If you have concerns with your environmental programs while the health and safety parts are passable, just get an ESH package to make things up to par with local standards. Plus, you’d get comprehensive knowledge about this power trio that can help you build programs that you can manage and sustain.
3. Ensure the involvement and engagement of stakeholders
What you learn from the consultant can only be of full value if everybody in the company is in on it. You can’t manage and sustain something that only you know about.