In life and in the
workplace, change is an inevitable fact of life. Fear of the unknown may make you react adversely to change, but if you learn to anticipate and even embrace it, you’ll find adapting to change is a great skill to master.
“Most people view change as
something that will impair them rather than enable unseen opportunities. What they fail to realize is that change is one of the most powerful professional development tools available to them.” -Glenn Llopis Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/glennllopis/2012/11/05/5-most-effective-ways-to-sell-change/
As you face any upcoming
transition, keep these five tips in mind: 1. Be proactive 2. Ask questions 3. Be flexible 4. Keep working 5. Be positive
1. Be Proactive When change
is in the air, look for ways to take action, be proactive, and remain actively engaged as you transition into a new situation.
“People who are proactive don’t
sit around waiting for answers to appear, they stand up, put one foot in front of the other, and find the answers. They don’t wait for someone to hand them an instruction manual and a box of tools; they’re resourceful.” Source: http://www.eatyourcareer.com/2010/08/how-be-proactive-at-work-step-system/
2. Ask Questions Open communication
between team members and managers and employees is critical in times of change. Don’t let rumors lead you astray—ask for clear direction or clarification when something is unclear. Source: http://www.businessknowhow.com/manage/leadwithin.htm
“Our historical perspective is that
of the frontiers person, but at the same time we want structures to protect us so that while we're out there practicing our frontier individualism we don't get hurt. We want all the upside and we want to factor out the downside; we want 15 percent annualized return on our portfolios in the stock market, but not take on any risk.'' -Dr. Donald G. MacGregor Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2000/07/30/nyregion/things-people-choose-fear-usually-they-are-unknown-uncontrolled- not-near.html
3. Be Flexible X X
Change means disrupting your original routine. The key is learning how to be flexible in adapting to change. According to Techrepublic.com, employees will become more successful if they embrace the change through a can-do attitude. X
“..take a look at the
requirements of the new situation...what skills, from your old role, can you apply to the new situation? In other words, instead of focusing on differences, focus on similarities.” Source: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/10-tips-for-dealing-with-change-in-the-workplace/
4. Keep Working Use this
time to reaffirm your commitment and value to the company. Your work can shine during this transitional period. Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/01/18/12-tips-for-overcoming-your-fear- of-change-at-work/2/
5. Be Positive Although it
is not always easy, when negative thoughts seep into the workplace, they can be detrimental to your point of view much later down the road.
Chrissy Scivicque of Forbes.com explains:
“Let go of the feelings you have associated with the old way of doing things. Comfort can be more emotional than rational. Remember that you’re endlessly adaptable and that growth almost always comes with discomfort.” Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2011/07/18/learning-to-love-change-in-the-workplace/
In fact, having the right
attitude could give you more opportunities to advance your career. By taking on new changes with a positive, proactive, and flexible attitude, you will stand out as an adaptable and capable employee. This can positively impact your growth in your company and in the industry as well. These positive results change can bring can reaffirm why change is such an important process.
PINNACLE EXPLAINS: “Businesses thrive when
they embrace change. The same holds true for individuals. You can meet job competition head-on by developing and taking opportunities as they come. In addition, adapting your work style to meet the changes of a workplace environment makes you a valuable co-worker and team member.” Source: http://pinnacle.jobs/4-ways-to-embrace-change-in-the-workplace
“Remember that you’re endlessly adaptable
and that growth almost always comes with discomfort. Learn to simply go with the flow and see where the wave takes you.” -CHRISSY SCIVICQUE Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2011/07/18/learning-to-love-change-in-the-workplace/
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