By: Karen Thompson, LMSW, CEAP, CAADC, SAP, EAC Clinical Specialist – We have all heard the familiar quote, “The only thing you can count on is change.” Facing change in our lives is inevitable. For most people, coping with change is easier when you are the one choosing the change. However, in the workplace, there are often changes within your organization that you cannot control. The challenge is to be able to roll with these changes in a way that enhances your career growth and opens the door to building new skills. It is so important to remain adaptable and flexible when it comes to change in the workplace.
Leadership has the responsibility to communicate changes in a way that supports individual acceptance and successful implementation of the change. It is essential for managers to communicate what is changing and why it is changing. Communication should also address how it will impact the workflow. Training programs and informational documents will help employees as the change is implemented.
Employees also have a responsibility to do their best to accept and implement change in the workplace, even when it is hard to accept the change. Here are some tips to make this process a little easier:
- Maintain a positive attitude
- Think of change as a fresh start and a way to learn new skills
- Look for ways to help others cope with the change
- Keep an open mind and ask for help when needed
- Focus on positive self-talk – remind yourself of past successes with learning new skills
- Be patient – give yourself time to adjust
- Reward yourself for your willingness to embrace change
If you struggle with coping with change, reach out to EAC. We are here to help!
“ Sometimes you have to let go of what’s gone, appreciate
what remains and look forward to what comes next.” Unknown