Technology has made our jobs easier and more efficient in many ways, but some people are still reluctant to use it, or even attempt to learn to use it. But this post isn't about tech, it's about the reaction of staff members that did not want to change a practice that actually effects them in a minor way, if at all, and actually the information they desired was there in front of them the whole time. But this simple change in practice was continually being brought up by just a few staff members, and they wanted another staff member to go back to doing a time consuming task just so they could have it as before.
I know many administrators have faced a similar situation to this, and I know I have before as well. It is frustrating, it's annoying, and addressing it repeatedly can be time consuming. Nobody just says it as they walk by you in a hallway, they tend to send e-mails, take valuable time in staff meetings, or as you are working on one of the many managerial tasks that also come with the job. While your initial thought may be to snap at them, or to look at them with a that disgusted teenager look of, "didn't we discuss this already," you really need to dig deep and keep calm. The fact the role as building leader, comes with the duty of making changes to the system to make things run smoother and ensure that everyone is working efficiently and effectively. That of course is just one of the many duties, but it sure is important, as this one duty makes everyone better. But since this duty includes a change, then it includes changing something that may have been embraced by someone. How do we help them see that this change is beneficial and that it can help the building as a whole?
After a decision has been made it is time to get on board. Don't become an anchor to the team on the ship. I will always try to pull the anchor on board and make them part of the team, but if they refuse to accept the change, if they struggle against the team so they can go in another direction from the ship, then I will cut loose the anchor so I can find a sail. I may be willing to help the anchor find another ship, but it certainly appears they don't want to be on ours. This ship is moving on, because we decided that already, and I'm not wasting time going over it again.