“How do you know what you’re capable of if you don’t embrace the unknown?” – Esmeralda Santiago
In the past few weeks I have talked with many business owners who are ready to make changes in their organization. The hardest part of change in an organization is getting the buy in from the employees. Fear of the unknown can be paralyzing to some and change provides an unknown for employees. If your company is going through change right now, whether it is organizational or technological here are some tips to help you navigate through it.
- Understand that Change is going to happen. Not accepting or denying that there are changes in the workplace, just makes it harder for everyone involved. Change in the workplace is a good thing. It means that you are moving forward and not being stagnant. Accepting that change is inevitably going to happen and learning to understand why is the first real hurdle to overcome with change.
- Build a support system. If needed, find people who are able to help you with the change. If it is technological, look for someone who is able to learn new skills quickly that you can go to when you need help. Having someone to rely on during change helps to make the process a little easier.
- Don’t second guess the situation. The powers that be in your workplace have decided that this is the way it will be. Don’t constantly ask yourself “What if the system is hard to learn” or “What happens if my new co-worker and I don’t get along”. Doing this only sets that possibility up in your mind.
- Keep working! No matter what happens in the organization, you are there for one reason. To do your job. So keep working through the change process.
- Keep positive – actions and attitude are everything. Focus on how you can help the company through the change, not how it is going to affect you.
Change is not easy for anyone to go through, but it is not undertaken by organizations without a lot of consideration and thought. Change can propel you and the organization to be more successful. It will provide you with opportunities to grow and expand.
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F Kennedy