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Coping with changes in the workplace: Top tips for managing and adapting to change

By recruitment expert Chris Winton

Companies are regularly involved in mergers, acquisitions and buy-outs. This not only marks a significant change for the direction of the company, but also the employees working within that company. Technology in the office is a prime example of how employees across nearly all industries have had to adapt. Office computers used 20 years ago bear almost no resemblance to what we have today. This highlights the important point that workplace change is inevitable, and it should therefore be embraced, not feared.

Change can be difficult, particularly in the workplace, so here are some top tips for dealing with it:

Be willing to adapt – It is important to evolve with your company’s operations or you might get left behind or worse be replaced by someone who is willing to get on board with the new direction.

Stick with it – It’s easy to become disheartened during a time of change, but stay persistent and you’ll no doubt be rewarded after the transition period. Be positive, and think of all the good things that the change can bring, rather than focusing on how much you might miss the ‘old way of working’.

Re-invent yourself! – Finding links between your previous and current job role can help you to re-establish yourself and regain control. However, don’t confine yourself to your own area of expertise, as a new role poses a great opportunity to re-invent yourself and your position. Change can often be a good thing, so use it as a tool which enables you to stand out as a pro-active employee.

Stay neutral – Never give a negative opinion when co-workers ask for your thoughts on a new boss. Stay neutral, but positive; for example, “I haven’t worked with them long enough to form an opinion, but they seem switched on.” Even if the rest of the office is expressing a negative attitude, you will no doubt gain the upper hand by remaining neutral.

Communicate - Communication is always important, but especially so during a time of change. A lack of communication from others can have a negative impact, whilst effective communications can have a positive one. It’s important that you are given details about the change, so that you can determine how it affects you. Don’t just sit back and wait for things to happen, talk to your boss and your colleagues to get a better understanding of how the project will progress.

Continue as normal – Restructures, reorganisation and changes can create an unsettled and uncertain atmosphere. But carrying on with your work as normal will impress your boss, and will help to make the transition period run more smoothly.

Change can be frightening, and disruptive. However, with the right attitude and actions, you can find opportunities in times of change, and the outcome may even give you a career boost!

For more tips on developing your career skills, visit AMR Recruitment’s online resources page: http://www.amrgroup.co.uk/resources.

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