Change is one of those inevitable, intractable, unavoidable parts of life that every single human being will encounter in various forms. It exposes itself in our social life, in our self-awareness, in our education, in our physical bodies, in our communities, and more places, including our work life.
Alterations to our workplace routine, paradigms, or set structures can be especially dramatic. Since our job is often so important to us, considering our career provides the financial means to continue living and making our dreams become reality, we are reluctant to receive change with open arms if it means exiting our comfort zone and having to deal with the unknown. After all, what if we are unable to deal with this new element? What if these changes prove to be our professional downfall?In reality, managing such changing is a skill that most people truly can learn and get used to. This is a useful skill, in light of the ever-changing environments that the world provides for us, and the seemingly faster pace at which technologies, economies, opportunities, and co-workers rotate in and out of our scope. But for every source of stress there is a source of relief, and there are a few ideas to keep in mind in order to better manage change in the workplace.
Whether as a supervisor or an underling, executive or executive assistant, change is handled much more handily when it is known about in advance. For those in management positions, this means making those under employees aware of oncoming changes as soon as possible, thus providing them more time to adequately and effectively prepare, which is beneficial for everyone as a whole. For others, this means maintaining excellent relationships with peers and bosses, in order to increase the likelihood that one will gain notice of oncoming alterations in the office.
It is a gift that some people have inherently, and others must instead learn through effort, whether by necessity or, more ideally, by choice and intentional habit. While it is true that it may be wiser to adopt a personality of planning ahead and scheduling, it is also an essential trait to be able to improvise with situations; this means having rapid-working coping mechanisms that can deal with quick onset of anxiety-producers, being able to multi-task and think quickly, engaging in calculated risks, and being both vocal and visible in the willingness to tackle projects of differing types. These repeated behaviors will result in a strengthening of the muscles located off the cuff, making for better flexibility in the long run.
In a worst-case scenario, a change in the workplace may mean something as simple and as blunt as a round of lay-offs that results in severances. In these cases, and others not quite so drastic, it is an invaluable asset to have an arsenal of education in a worker’s portfolio and resume. This means that, even if you believe your job is perfectly fire-proof and safe, you should still be learning new skills, sharpening your natural gifts, and generally enhancing your employability by more than the minimal you need to just get by.
Change can come like a monster that wrecks our dream world of comfort and job safety, or it can arrive as a welcome friend that brings with it a refreshing breezes and even some enjoyment. You may believe that the kind of reaction has its basis in the type of change; but in reality, it has more to do with the type of person.