The one thing apparent in today’s competitive business world is that change is constant and your ability to deal positively with change is important for you, your career and the company you work for.

Whenever I am informed of a change, the following thoughts go through my head, why change it, I liked it that way, it will never be as good again.

Does this sound familiar?

Getting past this mindset can be difficult and if you are struggling to deal with change then the following steps can help you move forward.

What to do

The first thing to do after getting over the initial shock is find out why the change is being made in the first place. There is always a positive outcome the company is trying to achieve and understanding this will help you put it in perspective. Your manager would of been informed of the change in advance, has had time to go through the same journey you are going through and will be able to answer any questions you have.The next thing to do is think what’s in it for me i.e.

    • Will new roles open up to progress my career further?
    • Will I be able to develop new skills that the change requires?
    • Will I be able to work with talented new people or technology?
    • Will I be able to get more mentorship from a new manager?

At this stage you should be more acceptable to the change, if not do not worry, your acceptance of the change may take some time. You should write down all your concerns and discuss them with your manager or mentor.

If you are in a positive mindset about the change, then you should think about helping your peers or team members with the change journey. Helping people with change is a great new skill to acquire and practice makes perfect.

What to avoid

There are a number of things you should avoid during change –

  • Being negative to the change – this does not help you or others cope with the change and the organisation could look poorly on your behaviour.
  • Listening to rumours and misinformation – there will be plenty of this flying around the organisation, make sure you understand the facts from your manager and correct others who are propagating otherwise.
  • Do not expect to get back to normality quickly, change can take time to get used to.
  • Do not stop the work you are doing, continue to work hard even if you believe it will not be needed in the future. Management will look at you as someone who is getting things done, even in times of uncertainty.

I hope you found these steps useful, if you have any others, I would be very interested to hear about them either via a comment below or via my email nicholas.foster@develite.com

Categories: Personal Development