Dealing With Change In The Workplace

By | Sep 3, 2010

stress www-sxc-hu In today’s harsh economic climate, about the only thing that stays the same is change.  Companies are downsizing, reorganizing, and rethinking everything they do. People are being laid off, duties are being passed around, and those left behind are dealing with the guilt and relief of not being on the chopping block.

Let’s face it, even positive change can cause discomfort, and the change in companies today isn’t always positive.  For those living through constant change, the stress can eat you alive if you don’t deal with change in a positive manner.

Dealing with Change: Coping Techniques

How do you deal with the stress of change?  Here are some ways to cope with change in the workplace.

  • Take time for yourself. It’s hard to de-stress when everyone around you needs something.  Bar the spouse and the kids from the bathroom and enjoy a nice, long bubble bath with a glass of wine.  Indulge yourself in your favorite hobby.  Take time away for a spiritual retreat.  Whatever way helps you cope, take some time away from the cares of your world and take care of yourself.
  • Look for hidden opportunities.  Every cloud has a silver lining.  Look for the opportunities hidden inside the workplace changes.  Do you have the opportunity to learn a new skill?  Is this the time to shine by volunteering to take some extra duties?  Think outside the box and turn negatives into positives.
  • Live in the present.  Constantly thinking about what was or worrying about what will be won’t change what is happening to you right now.  When you find yourself lapsing into nostalgia or worry, bring your mind back to your present task.  Focus on what you are doing right now.
  • Communicate.  Share your feelings with friends and coworkers.  It’s natural to be angry with change.  Hiding that anger just makes you feel worse.  Share your feelings in a constructive manner.  Perhaps you can form a group of people to help support one another as they go through change.  Having a support group can make all the difference.

Maintain Your Serenity

Whether or not you’re religious, the Serenity prayer is a great bit advice for coping with change.

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

It’s sage advice.  Let go of those things you have no control over.  Work only on those things where you have some kind of control or say.  The key, of course, is Wisdom, which I have too little of to advise others on how to gain it.

What do you think?  How do you deal with change at work?  Leave a comment and share you bit of wisdom with us all.

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1 Comment so far
  1. Jason Bates (1 comments) October 24, 2012 3:22 am

    In my experience, change in the workplace can be one of the most challenging work problems to overcome. Great article.

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