“Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change—this is the rhythm of living.” –Bruce Barton
Change is inevitable, and embracing—rather than resisting—change is the best way to seize the moment and create positive outcomes. When it comes to workplace change, look for opportunity underlying the dynamic situation presented, and take the necessary steps to thrive in an evolving professional climate.
Acknowledge the Change
Denial is not conducive to success. People who recognize that change happens are more likely to be positive and honest about their situation, and will be better prepared and productive when contributing success to a changing environment.
In times of organizational change, open communication is key. Secrecy often leads to speculation, gossip, and complaints, which only fuel feelings of fear, anxiety and resistance. Leadership, employees, and all involved should have a clear understanding of long and short-term objectives and any shifting roles and responsibilities. Knowing the details is important in understanding how one is affected by the change, and how to move in a successful direction for the future.
Maintaining a flexible position amidst a climate of change is imperative. Flexibility shows bosses and colleagues commitment, and the dynamic ability to adapt is an important asset for any working professional. The better one adapts, the better one fits in.
Take Pride in Productivity
The transitional nature of reorganization can cause complacency in the workplace. It is important to realize that work still needs to be done, and taking pride in productivity will not only improve self-respect and confidence, but will also impress any future boss that may step into the changing organization.
Maintain a Professional Network
Maintaining an extensive network of friends and professionals is important in getting solid advice for the transition from individuals who have already experienced similar situations. Building and maintaining positive relationships not only provides advice and support, but can serve as a direct channel for professional opportunities down the road.