I work for a location which has quite a few acres and around 2,000 employees. We recently built a new building, part of which was some nice landscaping, including a pond on the campus.
Well, now we have a problem with these on the campus:
In case you think they are pretty and cute, enough of them turn sidewalks between buildings into a parking lot for their.... waste. Not to mention hissing at passerbys. Anyways, many people would like to not see them anymore.
Anyways, situations like this get a bit complicated because of competing factors. People feel very strongly on across the spectrum of "how much do you like geese." Some consider them flying rats. Some care a considerable amount about nature/animals and preserving or increasing their habitat.
I would like to present a plan to get rid of them or just do it, but this contrast in people's perspectives makes it a bit more difficult. People are very unlikely to change their position, on either side, much if any, and may care very strongly about this issue.
I suspect this contrast will occur regardless of whether the animals are geese or ducks or deer or any other critter. It just happens to be geese in my case.
My question is:
- How can I approach a situation in the workplace where people have very strong and contrasted perspectives on the value of geese (or other animals) which are irritants or interfering with workplace operations?
(I am not asking how to get rid of them. That's an entirely separate question and not on topic for this StackExchange)