We have all been there before. The inevitable truth of life is change. To a large extent, change creates uneasiness due to a fear of the unknown. At the workplace, change can occur in the form of a change in senior management or company culture, a promotion and even a change in an employee’s role or job function.
Learning how to handle change at the workplace has long-term effects on employees in any organisation immaterial of the cause for such a change.
Let’s explore some of the ways to deal with changes at the workplace to avoid distress at the very least or the likelihood of quitting your job in the worst-case scenario.
1. Accept the fact that change has taken place
This may sound like a no-brainer but the first step in dealing with change is to acknowledge the status quo. It is important to note that not all changes are bad, some may be good and even increase your job satisfaction! Keep an open mind and understand that some changes would require time to adapt to while others may continue to make you feel unhappy.
2. Face your fears by understanding the change that has occurred
Understanding the consequences of the change will help you approach it in a much better way. If a merger and acquisition has taken place, understand the consequences by doing your research! Get to know the new management team by attending company events to introduce the new staff. Attempt to initiate a conversation with new faces around the office and get to know them better. Your professional network can be beneficial to gain input about the new management, too.
3. Realise your value within the company
Acknowledge the talent and skills you bring to the table by reflecting on your successes. Work towards making yourself more valuable to the company. Generally, employees who feel their efforts are valued will be able to survive changes within a company (for example, transitioning into a new team) and serve the company for a longer period of time.
4. Seek support in dealing with your fears
Having to leave a team you have been with for a long time would certainly take its toll on you and even anyone for that matter. Reaching out to a close friend or colleague and speaking about your feelings may help to reduce stress and enable you to see the bigger picture.
5. Continue to do your work and see the bigger picture (it never hurts to have a back-up plan, just in case!)
During the transition period, it is important to note that work at hand still needs to be done. Focus on the goals at hand before you receive clear indication of the new direction of things at the workplace. In the meantime, it helps to work on an alternative plan in the event you choose to leave the company to explore other career prospects. Always maintain a positive attitude as it is bound to impress any boss, including your future boss, too!