Coping With Changes At Workplace

Change is an ongoing phenomenon without which no organization can thrive. The change might not always for the better, but it does bring in a lot of learning experience for those who undergo it. In a typical workplace, the employees have to deal with changes on a regular basis as the managers try to implement newer strategies and systems to increase the output of the employees and boost the success of the company. Sometimes the change is good and sometimes it is bad but whatever the case may be, the managers want their employees to accept the change readily and make the best of the situation. However, most of the times employees have difficulty dealing with changes which they feel are not good for them or the company. Some of the employees just resist change because they get comfortable in their routines and it is hard for them to revise their daily routine. What many of us fail to realize is that with every change we learn more and modifying the work routine after an interval can help us in revitalizing ourselves which can in turn increase job satisfaction level.

Changes At Workplace:

There can be many types of changes in the workplace initiated by the management or the employers themselves. All these changes are of different scales and magnitudes and affect employee productivity to a great extent.

Some of the common types of changes that we observe in all organizations from time to time are:

Management changes

These are one of the most significant changes that often involve hiring new people or reassigning people in different departments according to what the employer deems fit. This can induce a lot of stress and resistance among the employees as it is hard to accept such huge changes within a day, week or for some even a month. However, the most successful employee is the one who deals with the change effectively and efficiently.

When your employer changes your manager or your team you must adapt to the change by communicating with the new manager and your team members. Try to fit in and learn how your manager prefers things to be done. When you are dealing with such changes it is best to regard the change as an opportunity to start afresh.

If you had issues with the previous manager or the team members, this change is the perfect chance for you to establish a healthy relationship with the new manager and the team members. Even if you were doing great with the last manager, there is nothing to stop you from having a good relationship with the new one. Dealing with a versatile group of people will not only enhance your communication skills but will also teach you how to handle different situations.

Policy changes:

These are not as huge as management changes but still they have tremendous influence on employee behavior and output. Policy changes involve how the employees are supposed to operate, what time should they come in, lunch timings, annual leaves and other similar issues.

When employees feel like a certain policy change will curb their rights or will put extra burden on them, they react strongly and can sometimes even challenge the management. This is not the right move. If you feel like the situation is actually making things more difficult for you try to get other people’s feedback on what they think. If everybody else is fine, may be you are overreacting and need to re-evaluate the situation. If, however, your colleagues feel the same way then you should comprise a list of logical reasons why the change is not suitable and then write an email to those at the helm of affair. Make sure that you are mature about it so that the employers do not think that you are a whiner who is complaining without any cause.

If your employer is reasonable, he will most likely make changes that will be agreeable to the employees and beneficial for the company.

Hiring and firing of employees

One of the most major changes in any organization is hiring new employees or firing old ones. When new employees are hired they have trouble fitting in while the old employees have trouble accepting new ones. However these issues resolve themselves within a few months as the new employee adopts the company culture. The more troublesome situation is when employees are fired which creates uncertainty in other employees as well. The best way to deal with such a situation is to review your own performance from time to time and make sure that you are performing at your level best. Find out what the employees were failing to do and what got them fired, try to avoid those mistakes religiously.

Relocation

The change of place where you work is considered by many as a small change, but for people of habit this change can create serious problems. Some employees are so used to their working space that they find it hard to change their seat, let alone the department or office building. This is something each employee should work on and develop patience to adapt to such small changes.

New technologies

Implementation of new technologies and procedures can often create unrest and resentment as most of the old employees face hardships in getting used to the change. To avoid this it is advisable that you keep on learning and enriching your skill sets. This will help you in easily understanding new procedures, protocols and technologies.

Tips For Adapting To Change More Easily

Adapting to changes takes time and effort, but if you want to be a worthy employee you must be able to accept change readily. Here are a few golden tips that will help you accept changes more easily:

  • Be patient and let the changes take effect before you judge their affect.
  • Be more open-minded and accepting in you general lifestyle so that you are able to adapt to changes more easily.
  • Stay focused and make sure that you are working towards your goals so that you can accept changes, keeping the big picture in mind.
  • Keep evolving and learning so that you do not feel left behind when younger colleagues join you team and have more knowhow than you do.

26 thoughts on “Coping With Changes At Workplace

  1. I think one has to prepare for change before it actually takes place. You have to enhance your skills, keep connections alive, maintain a backup plan, and stay positive.

    As Javed Iqbal mentioned above, “Who Moved My Cheese” is a good read on topic. Its crux is to look for sign of change and prepare.

    Someone said, “Some change when they see the light, others change when they feel the heat.” So keep looking for light!

  2. In reply to Shabana, Few Tips:
    =First be clear and focus on the industries where you want to apply i.e., purely MBA banking, or biological related or BOTH.
    =Don’t use generalize CV, each time tailor your CV according to the demand of the industry/company/post.
    =Its 21st century, multiple skills are useful. As some good-combinations are doctor-plus-MBA, Engineer-plus-MBA. =Similarly you can show your worth as biological-plus-MBA.
    =On some post, you can skip biology study.
    =Diversion is good, if you know strong reason why you diversify. Majority people can purse 2-3 different skills/filed simultaneously.
    =Try to attend workshops/seminars that help in personal development and career building. A lot of stuff is available online, too.
    =You can read a good book about Jobs By F H Seyal at http://www.aceone.org/cobc.htm

    I hope this may help YOU.

    Javed Iqbal
    Educator | Empowerer | Entrepreneur
    Lahore

  3. Good work………Do write articles regarding employee motivation and how to keep them enthusiastic in their jobs ?
    Do write something regarding LATE SITTINGS: as in most of the organization this is one the criteria of measuring performance / High Performance… Isn’t it a de-motivating factor which in longer run leads to poor performance? Put some light on it as well.

  4. A very good article and the situations resemble the environment of most of the companies in Pakistan. But I would like to ask a question that it is very much difficult for any person to be patient on changes because the working environment is getting tough day by day in Pakistan so when an employee has so many tensions in his mind how can he be patient. Plz give some tips to all of us on how to Be patient.

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  10. I like article series on different topics. Its very beneficial. I have one question may be other people also face this problem. I have 16years education in Biology side but now I did MBA in Banking & Finance. I want to search job on the basis of MBA. Now I will apply a lot of job but no people call even for interview. Tell me how can I format CV that people call for interview by ignoring this diversion.

  11. How change acceptable in government organizations? Old employees also feel threatened from young employees because of technology.

  12. Good article for private companies. Change not acceptable in government organizations/offices.

  13. Another good article from ROZEE, with lot of how-to tips.

    When you will keep big picture and game-plan-of-the-life in your mind, accepting and appreciating change will be easy and empowering.
    A good little book, about why and how to deal with C-H-A-N-G-E in work and life, is “Who Moved My Cheese” by Spencer Johson

    Javed Iqbal
    Educator | Empowerer | Entrepreneur
    Lahore

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