One of the biggest challenges is getting around the huge misconception that creating and implementing an IG program takes a ton of money and resources. That is just not the case.
In many companies, getting everyone on the same page is often one of the biggest challenges – but it is not impossible to overcome. If employees are unaware of the organization’s policies, they cannot comply with them. This challenge is virtually free to overcome by simply communicating, training, and socializing the new policies properly. Then on the back end, more time must be spent to enforce, monitor, and obtain feedback on an ongoing basis. This is crucial and goes back to the notion that IG should be a long-term, sustainable program.
Another challenge (and common misconception) is the belief that IG can be handled as a short-term project or series of projects – and that is unilaterally untrue. Initiating IG is a long-term, sustainable program, not a project. A proper IG plan is built with a multi-year strategy in mind. A good program provides built-in flexibilities that allow you to go at your own pace based on the organization’s priorities, current needs and challenges, resources, budget, etc. Although there are certain dependencies, it still has the capabilities to pick and choose from a myriad of projects that be undertaken under this initiative.