Change happens, whether we like it or not. The modern-day workforce is always evolving, expanding, and changing - and while that can be an exciting opportunity for personal growth and development, it can also be scary. Not everyone adapts quickly to change, and not everyone likes the constant challenge that a change in the workplace can bring.
Thankfully, there are a few ways to help yourself adapt to the various changes that may occur or already be occurring in your office. If you find your work changing - whether it be a change in management, a change in policies, or a large-scale overhaul of task assignments - take a breath. You can get through this! Here’s how:
It can be difficult to maintain a positive attitude when you feel like your current workflow is being threatened, but you shouldn’t let negative or pessimistic thoughts weigh you down. Negative thoughts have a way of making themselves come true - if you spend every day thinking about how it’s impossible for you to adapt to these new changes, or how the old ways were better and you don’t want to change, then you aren’t giving yourself the opportunity to adapt. You’re setting yourself up for failure!
Take some time each day to find the positive in the change. You don’t need to try forcing yourself to be happy when you’re not - but always keep an open mind! Perhaps this change will present you an opportunity to move up in your career, or to prove yourself to a new boss. Maybe a change in project assignment will let you expand and diversify your skillset, making you a more valuable employee overall.
Communication is the foundation for any relationship, and it becomes even more important when relationships are changing or you’re entering into new relationships. No matter what changes are happening in your office, you want to remain connected and up-to-date.
Stay in touch with any coworkers or associates, even if they are relocated within the workforce, but be sure to spend some time building up your relationships with new faces as well. New bosses, new employees, new business partners, and new clients are all fresh opportunities for you to build and expand your social network - don’t let it go to waste!
Communicating properly is also important in the context of a new project assignment or new company policies. Staying well-informed and asking questions will keep you from feeling lost or overwhelmed in the middle of a transition. Plus it’ll show your willingness to learn and adapt to your bosses and peers!
Learn and Grow
This is possibly the most important thing to take away from a change at work: it is what you make of it. So make it an amazing learning opportunity! Take advantage of any potential workplace changes to learn new skills, make new connections, and grow - both as a professional and as a person. You’ll find that keeping a positive mindset and thinking in the present and future will help you adapt to change far more than lamenting your situation or pining over the ‘good old days’ ever could.
Change happens, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing! With a positive attitude and proper communication, you may find that you get more out of a change than you thought you could. If your office is changing, accept it, and start looking for ways to make it work, instead of ways that it won’t!