Three Important Points When Dealing With Changes at Work


learn-to-adapt“A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.” –Chinese Proverb

At some point change is bound to happen in your workplace. Whether it is sudden or planned, it can be difficult for many.

When it is necessary for changes to happen at work, how can we help each other to cope and move through them with less stress?

Here are three important points to remember when dealing with changes at work that can help everyone make it through and celebrate when they are accomplished.

  1. Plan: If at all possible plan in advance for any change that needs to take place. Document what the change is, how it will affect each employee, and the steps each employee will have to take to implement the change.
  2. Communicate, communicate, and communicate: The more the change is talked about the easier it will be to transition through it. Allow employees to express any difficulty they may have with the change and address it in a personal, calm and caring way.
  3. Be compassionate: Encourage employees through each step and let them know that you are confident that they will prevail with success.

It is important for managers to understand that each of their staff members may react differently to changes at work. To some changes are exciting and to others they bring on fear and uncertainty.

Be sensitive and aware of how each of your employees reacts and respond with care and understanding accordingly.

It does not take much to pay attention to those you work with and show compassion and understanding during what may be a difficult situation for them.  The result of being an understanding manager will pay off ten-fold.

“Those who cannot adjust to change will be swept aside by it.  Those who recognize change and react accordingly will benefit.” ~ Jim Rogers


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