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12 Ways to Cope with Change at Work

These are 12 ways to cope with change at work. Change is everywhere in organizations, knowing how to cope with change at work is vital to your career and lifestyle. Change in itself is good for organizations and individuals. It makes the world go round. For you as an individual to get the best outcomes from change, you have to focus on the opportunities that it brings. You only see these opportunities if you know how to cope with change at work.

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12 Ways to Cope with Change at Work

  1. 1. 20 Prepared by Catherine Adenle 12 Ways to Cope with Change at Work
  2. 2. Change will always happen. The more you understand that change will always happen, the less upset and surprised you will be when you encounter change at work.
  3. 3. Swim or Sink? Choose to swim! Winners don’t sink. You are stronger than you think!
  4. 4. Know everything there’s to know about the change from the most reliable sources first. Don’t jump to conclusions. Never listen to gossips or hearsay. 1
  5. 5. Read up on change and recognize the transitional stages of change. This will help you to understand your emotions better. The quicker you get to the acceptance and moving on stages, the better it will be for you. 2
  6. 6. 3 Have an open mind, listen carefully, ask questions, clarify and participate in the change discussion from the onset. Also know your rights as an employee.
  7. 7. Demonstrate genuine concern for aspects of change that you don’t understand. Seek guidance if you feel uncertain. Be positive. 4 What does this mean? How’s this going to work? How does this affect what I do?
  8. 8. Know what you can control and what you have no control over. Focus on what you can control. 5
  9. 9. Take care of yourself. Recognise the emotions caused by change. Listen to your body. Speak to and relax with trusted mentors, family and friends. Eat a balanced diet, exercise, and get enough rest. Enjoy your hobbies. Be pragmatic about change. 6
  10. 10. 7 Understand the need for change, its end goals, how it affects you and how it fits into the organization’s vision. Be open! Use the information and any resources provided to your advantage. Speak up, come up with new ideas and solutions to the change. Look to carve out an opportunity for yourself.
  11. 11. Get Busy! Prepare, Train and Network Train, gain new skills and expand your network. All will help you to transition more easily into a new role, or seek work in another areas of the organization, should it become necessary. 8
  12. 12. Be Flexible In order to cope, change requires flexibility on your part. The better able you are to adapt to change, the greater your chances of being successful. 9
  13. 13. Take control of your life. Your reaction governs the outcome. Take charge of your thoughts and actions. With the right attitude and actions, you will find opportunities in any change. 10
  14. 14. It’s time for a new beginning! Manage the outcome of change. New role? New job? New business venture? Going back to school? Changing employer? Whatever you decide to do, if you think you can, then you will. 11
  15. 15. 12 Change is constant but your future is bright! Why? You now know how to cope with change.
  16. 16. 12 Reasons Why Employees Resist Change in the Workplace How New Age Organizations Involve and Support Employees During Change Infographic: Why Employees Resist Change What is Change Management? Cope with Job Loss: 12 Ways (Infographic) Resources
  17. 17. Prepared by Catherine Adenle