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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.”
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
When change is in the air, look for ways to
take action, be proactive, and remain
actively engaged as you transition into a
“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.”
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.
can make people feel
which can cause unnecessary
stress in the workplace.
“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
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.
“..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.”
Use this time to reaffirm your
commitment and value to the
company. Your work can shine during
this transitional period.
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.”
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.
“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.”
“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.”
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