ith continuous shifts in technology, market trends, staff, and processes, as well as being in the midst of a global pandemic, it has never been more important for employers and employees to learn how to react to changes in their environment. Within the industry which we are based we also find our clients’ needs evolve pretty fluidly and consistently as a result of the ever-changing economic and technological landscape. Meaning we have to change with them, which can sometimes be hard.
Even for the most naturally resilient people, adapting to change is a skill. However, this means anyone can learn to master it. Here are four points we feel help us to best adapt to change in our workplace.
Here are four points we feel help us to best adapt to change in our workplace.
1. Don’t be afraid to feel
No matter how silly it may sound, it is never a good idea to skip the part of processing your feelings towards the change. Using positive thinking won't get you through a major transition if there are underlying emotions involved. This means you should set aside the time to understand your emotions and where they are coming from.
If you are experiencing anger, is it possible that you are harboring some fear of the future? If you are feeling sad, could it be that you feel like you've lost something? Gaining a better understanding of your feelings and their sources will help you face those challenges with a rational mindset.
2. Be Empathic
When a change enters the workplace that inconveniences you, it is natural to want to get mad and cast blame, especially towards those initiating the changes. This is definitely a natural response, albeit it is not a productive one. You may not be able to control the change but you can control how you deal with it.
To more effectively move toward acceptance, try to understand why the change was made. There is surely always a benefit behind the reasoning. Those affecting the new structures wouldn’t do so to merely upset the applecart… or would they? dun-dun-DUNN. With this being said, don’t be afraid to talk with a manager or the decision-maker to get the full picture. When you see the challenges they were up against when the decision was made, you may feel more at peace.
3. Make it your B#*%h
Once we understand there may be a benefit for this change, it is only human nature to want to know what's in it for us. This gives us a great opportunity to delve into the positive aspects this period may bring for us and for the people around us. Remember to have an open mind, if you let it, change can expand your horizons by leaps and bounds. It provides you with the opportunity to increase your skillset and develop both professionally and personally. For example, learning a new project management method!
It may even give you more flexibility in work-life, giving you more time to manage personal-life. An example of this is more flexible work hours or the opportunity to work remotely. It also provides the opportunity to learn how important it is to continuously grow and adapt to succeed
Implementing a new flexible management approach can spur healthy discussions with employers. Which will help everyone feel more empowered and valued, building trust? Employers that embrace change tends to be more welcoming to innovation. Employees who feel empowered and comfortable are more likely to bring forth new ideas which many times fosters business growth.
4. Teamwork makes the dream work
The only true way to experience success in the midst of change is through employers and employees coming together to communicate. The input of employees during a transition is invaluable to an employer. And an employer helping employees understand why changes are being made, providing good support and resources, and delivering feedback will only make the transition period more seamless.
It definitely goes without saying that change is inevitable. But if you remain positive, have an open mind, and get the help necessary to adapt, you will be able to handle any changing scenario with more grace. Remember that more often than not creativity and innovation come from being pushed out of your comfort zone. Lastly, do your best to remember that you are contributing to the growth of yourself and your company and there’s no harm in that.