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LifestyleSunny ShumComment

Last year there was a great deal of change in my life, mostly on the work front. I got laid off from a job that I was doing for almost 7 years (I'll write more about this in a later post). The company I was with went through some extreme change with a massive organizational re-structure, re-brand and the announcement of new leadership. Change in the work place will happen and I do think it's important for people to experience these ebbs and flows with their jobs and have a better understanding of how to deal with these changes.  

For me, it was an incredible, yet emotional journey and I learned so much about myself and the people around me in the process. We all deal with change differently and it’s important to recognize this and even more importantly learn how to stay focused. I’ve been through some minor changes in previous companies before, however I would have to say this was my biggest challenge to date. Here are a few things to keep in mind while going through organizational change:

 

Shit happens. Deal with it. ADAPT - Change is the only thing that is constant, pretty obvious right? No matter what happens in your life there will always be change and the quicker you realize this and accept it, the better off you’ll be. When you anticipate the change you can mentally prepare yourself for it by taking whatever steps necessary to ease into the transition. Being adaptable is a very important quality and characteristic to have in  order to work in any fast paced environment.

 

Don't let the drama drag you down - You can’t avoid gossip, negative nellies, and office politics. It’s like the plague in any organization and it spreads fast like wild fire. It’s understandable, people are going to want to talk, discuss and hash things out among their peers, but I would suggest being very mindful of the chitter chatter. Communication is always important but you need to also involve others outside from your own department. It’s crucial to be able to support and listen to your colleagues concerns, however don’t talk about what you don’t know because you could very well be disappointed in the outcome.

 

Stay present, focused and nimble - With a tornado whirling around in the organization, it doesn’t help when you try to add more wind to the mix. Staying calm and being flexible in the centre of it all would be more beneficial. Don't forget to breathe, put on your ear phones if need be and zone it out. Stay focused on the tasks at hand and be flexible. By doing this you will also stay focused on YOU, therefore allowing yourself to have a better picture of what your next steps may look like. You may or may not like the changes that are happening in the workplace but your nimbleness will help you adapt quickly or move fast when needed.

 

Celebrate all wins, big and small - You have to keep going. Just because the organization is in the middle of mega change, doesn’t mean the business stops! It’s very important to maintain some of the fun activities in the office to keep everyone comfortable and positive. Celebrate even the smallest achievements and make sure to continue acknowledging the people that are stand outs! Maintaining moral in the office is always a challenge and a negative attitude does not help the situation.

 

Keep moving - After giving yourself some time to adjust and soak it all in, you just need to get on with it. You can only worry and complain so much before you become the negative force in the company. Don’t become that person, you’re better than that. You do have to look out for yourself, if you feel that your job can be in jeopardy then you have to do what you have to do. However, whatever you decide to do, either to see it through or quit, be sure to keep it PROFESSIONAL. Changes are usually brought upon in order to help an organization to propel forward not to self-destruct. The last time I checked, no one wants to be a failure on purpose so trust in yourself, the company, the new leadership and in your colleagues and move it along. If at the end of the day it doesn't work out (like in my scenario), you go on to the next opportunity, highly recommended and backed with praise because you acted with  professionalism and integrity.

 

CHANGE - You'll either find yourself in a better situation within the current organizational structure or you may end up realizing it's no longer a fit for you and you move on. However, if you are able to anticipate change, adapt quickly, keep an open mind, act with integrity, support each other and embrace it, you'll be able to handle the process in the the workplace much better.

 

Photo by: Paul Melo

 

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