Six Steps to Embrace Change in the Workplace

Embrace change and become part of the solution gives you an opportunity to show off your team and leadership skills.

Are you one of those people that fear any change, whether it is new employees, new policies, or new ways of doing the same job? You feel comfortable in a familiar routine, and when that balance is threatened, you resist. Your attitude probably changes and not in a positive way. You may engage in negative conversations with family, peers, coworkers and management. You may even find ways to sabotage the success of the change.

All of these behaviors can dramatically affect your career growth and possibly the longevity of your career with a particular company.

First and foremost, realize that any company that makes the effort to make changes means that they are open to making things better. While the current change might not be the most effective or advantageous in your workplace, the next change might be the right one.

The key is to become part of the solution, and be open minded to the possibilities. This will result in an opportunity for you to show off your team skills, which might lead to career advancement. Opportunities present themselves when you become part of the solution and avoid impeding the flow.


Get in front or you may be left behind

Stop listing reasons why the change won’t work and avoid hanging with others that feel the same way. Look for people that embrace the change, ask questions about the big picture, and gather facts…not feelings. Remember that others could be feeling the stress of the change as well, so be ready with a friendly smile and a professional attitude – not everything has to change.

Start by asking questions. Is there is a transition plan for the change? If it’s a big change there should be milestones. Is there a timeline for the implementation? Will the people who are directly affected receive support and any training necessary to the success of the transition? Will there be a significant event to indicate the end of the transition and the success of the change?

Be on the lookout for new opportunities; make suggestions that will enhance the success of the transition. Get noticed for your open and positive attitude.


6 Steps to Embrace Change in the Workplace

  1. Determine what exactly is changing and what is not
  2. Ask who is affected by the change
  3. Find out when the change starts, and what signifies the transition is complete and successful
  4. Be an early supporter, ask what can you do to assure the success of the change
  5. Be patient and flexible as management executes the change
  6. Volunteer to take the lead in helping to implement or champion the change

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BobG December 19, 2012 at 05:54 PM
"makes the effort to make changes means that they are open to making things better" - don't really agree with you on this point. Most changes I have found are to allow the company to make more money.
Don December 20, 2012 at 06:53 AM
"Most changes I have found are to allow the company to make more money." Or stay in business, inspite of our governments.
Teri Hockett December 20, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I would agree most changes companies make will ultimately affect the bottom line, whether it is a new product, which directly effects the bottom line, or a new way of handling employee benefits, which may cost the company more initially but bring about employee satisfaction which results in less turn over and quite possible more productive employees. Ultimately, if a company is not making changes that result in increased profitability they will not stay open very long.
BobG December 20, 2012 at 05:57 PM
The thing I absolutely agree with you on is that change is inevitable. In the corporate or business world, the better you are at managing change the easier your life will be. While change may not always seem positive nor progressive as an individual employee we rarely, if ever, have all the data that went into why the change is being made. Finding a way to accept and deal with change is a valuable life lesson.
ItsMrMom2u December 20, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I don't mind change as long as it don't arrive at 4:45 PM and need to be complete before I leave.


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