Change can be challenging for everyone to one degree or another, but just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean it’s bad. Here are some tips to help you better navigate change in the workplace and adapt with ease.
Adapting to change in the business environment can be challenging. People have a routine and certain way of doing things, and when that’s disrupted, it can cause anxiety, frustration, and resistance to the change being enacted.
Change itself is hard. Ask anyone that’s tried to keep up a new fitness routine or quit smoking. Changing those habits isn’t easy, even if you’re the one driving your own change.
Adapting to change will become easier if you follow these steps below.
1. BE RESPONSIVE AND NOT REACTIVE ;
“There is nothing permanent except change.” -Heraclitus.
You have to develop the consciousness that change is a natural occurrence in life and workplace. Remind yourself that many of the best opportunities in life show up when we are open to change. Let go of the way things used to be, whether it was the processes the company used, the people you worked with or the supervisors you worked for. Remind yourself that change means there could be enormous opportunities coming.
2. BE OPTIMISTIC AND OF A POSITIVE MINDSET ;
A positive attitude is essential if you must win in difficult times, regardless of what group, department or company you are working with. Maintaining the ability to view a potential change with a positive attitude is integral to your ability to adjust rapidly. Focus on the opportunities that may occur due to this new changes.
Look for ways to leverage your abilities to the fullest extent within the new role, as it can have a big impact on everyone around you.
3. FOCUS ON WHAT YOU HAVE CONTROL OVER ;
Be aware of the fact that there are things beyond your control in the office, and change is one of it.
So, you have to deliberately apply your energy by focusing on the tasks and responsibilities you have complete control over. This shift in mindset, away from what you can’t control, can leave you feeling happier and more fulfilled.
The important thing is to only try to control things you can control.
Venus Williams once said " I don't focus on what I'm up against, I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest."
Your goals is to be an effective performer that bring value in what ever endeavour in the workplace.
4. LEARN NEW SKILLS ;
Changes at the work place might naturally twist you into learning new skills based on the type of work you have to do for your job. Make a list of skills that are required for to succeed at your new role and invest time each week in developing those skills. For each skill, give yourself a deadline to master it so that you can quickly become an expert and increase your value. The more you know the better you become.
5. BE WILLING TO ASK QUESTIONS AND LISTEN MORE IN YOUR NEW ROLE ;
When you get moved into your new role, you should quickly find all of the stakeholders that you rely on and connect with them. Find those that have already been in your role and get them to teach you everything you need to know so you can get up to speed.
"The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." - Socrates
See changes as a catalyst for learning new ways to get a job done, rather than seeing it as a disadvantage.
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