How to Embrace Change in the Workplace

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The past couple of weeks, I have been speaking with lots of new people. What truly inspires me is how open, receptive and participative they are to change. Now, that is the attitude!

As such, I am very happy to be working with true leaders!

Not everyone, though, thinks and behaves this way, especially in other organizations. I have experienced a huge change in the past where there were several people complaining. Worse, I’ve also experienced being in an organization where the leader resisted any change, even as directed by the HQ leads. He wanted it just as it is – toxic and incivil.

Anyhow, if you are to experience change in the workplace, how would you handle it?

Would you complain about it? Is it something that you expect to happen every now and then? Are you the one to drive it and make the necessary adjustments?

Here are some suggestions:

Know Your Strength and Contribute

Whatever will happen, for any change, manpower is always needed. By manpower, I also meant brain power and brawn power. Be it participation or contributing ideas and actual work in project management, planning and execution, you can contribute.

So, would you rather be a useless detractor/bystander or a valuable team player and contributor to change?

Observe and Adjust

Maybe you’re still in floating stage of “What’s going on?” Still unable to adapt. That’s fine. Each one has his own timeline, adjustment period or learning curve. As you look for and find yourself in the entire change process, just observe. See what helps and what does not. Give it time. Adjust your sails if you have to. Learn new skills so you can keep up and so on.

Sure, provide feedback when you have to, but do it with a good intent and directly give to the right person. Also, be ready with suggested alternatives.

Recognize and Celebrate

Change is often a painful process. When it does become successful, recognize it and celebrate with everyone.

It’s a start of a new beginning.

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