Some people are particularly uncomfortable when it comes to change and here are some tips on how best to deal with it. Here we cover how to personally handle change, here's another useful article if you want to learn how to managing change effectively in others.
It has been said that
"change is business as usual"
and if this is the case we need to be fully skilled to make this as smooth as possible for us and our people.
Every company experiences change on a regular basis. It's natural to be uncertain at first, but if you want to succeed you should learn to adapt to the changes that are facing you.
Follow these steps the next time you are faced with change in the workplace to help with the transition.
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference".Reinhold Niebuhr
1. Go with the flow but challenge on the way
Resist in the face of change and it will be a lot more painful. The secret is to be flexible and you will be able to deal with it more easily. Keep an open mind but always be prepared to ask questions on the way to clarify your understanding and how it is going to impact you.
2. Think before reacting
Take the time to digest and fully understand the reason for change before reacting emotionally. This will help prevent you jumping to conclusions and will give you the time to process what you know before planning your next steps.
3. Talk to other people
Don’t try to cope with the change alone or keep your feelings to yourself. Talk about it with colleagues and look for a bit of reassurance. The chances are that other people will share the same concerns as you.
4. Break the change up
When possible divide bigger changes into smaller steps. For instance, a job or house move, a wedding or a new baby involves several stages. When you feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the change, concentrate on the step you’ve reached, rather than the bigger picture.
5. Find the good in it
Some changes feel awful – redundancy, illness, financial loss and many others can feel like the end of the world. Sometimes you have to look very hard to find the positive in such changes, but there always is one. It’s through change that you gain experience and knowledge and learn to make better decisions.
6. Know that it will end
All change comes to an end when the new changes are in place and become familiar to you. Every change, no matter how big, will end and you’ll return to a feeling of normality. Keep this in mind to adapt to the changes that are facing you. As we shared with you last week change is inevitable and without it I would be writing this to you on slate rather than e mail.