Have you noticed some disturbing change going on in your workplace lately? How do you feel about that? Are you still feeling the same passion you had when you started a few years or months ago? How is the morale?
My guess is, your company is experiencing some turbulence at this time. Things are definitely not what they used to be. I can bet you that a lot of your co-workers are not happy. Needless to say in this “New Normal World” stress is ruining lives in the workplace.
The question is, why is all of this happening now? Why is morale so low? Well, it’s not really hard to figure this out. Most employees in the workplace are afraid, uncertain, and even confused. Now, when people are confused and afraid, their stress levels go up. Would you agree? Let me share this with you:
If you are experiencing the kinds of feelings I’m describing here, you have every reason to feel that way. After all, you’ve invested so much of yourself in your job. Then, suddenly you start feeling perhaps your company doesn’t really care about you. All they care about is their bottom line.
They are expecting you to do more with less.
I travel all over North America delivering motivational keynote speeches on change. People come to me all the time to ask how they can cope with all the change that is going on. My first answer is this: Dont’ take it personally. Why do I answer that way?
It’s because some people tend to think somehow the company is giving them a hard time. What they don’t realize is, no business can continue to survive now and beyond using old practices. In other words, business in NOT as usual.
You see, every company is shifting gears during this current economic turmoil. They are being forced to change their approaches. Global events, the Internet, and the economic meltdown demand new ways of doing and thinking.
CEOs and senior level managers cannot sit idle and hope things will be okay. If they do, the exit door is not too far. As you might be aware, the shareholders of major corporations don’t care about you or the CEO. They care about profit.
Shareholders want accountability… Not excuses.
That’s why the senior level executives have to make some painful and unpopular strategic choices. If they don’t, their job in on the line. Haven’t you seen or heard on the news how many CEOs who were forced to step down in the last couple of years? Look, at the end of the day, it’s their job or your job.
CEOs are taking a brutal beating from their investors. They are forced to shift gears. They are fully aware that now is not the time to try to be a popular CEO. It’s about results.
So, what does that mean to you as an employee? Why do you have to care about the CEO and his job? Actually, it has a lot to do with you… Maybe I should say your job. Let me be blunt with you for a moment. If you want to keep your job, you have to endure some of the beating the CEO is getting.
I know this is not nice to say because you’re not making his salary. But, I’m just a messenger. As they say, don’t shoot the messenger. Look, it pains me when I talk to so many people who are losing everything they worked so hard for because they lost their jobs. I’m only trying to give you this wake up call:
Embrace change now or become irrelevant.
Honestly, you should be glad your company is changing things. That means they foresee something and they are making the right adjustments to stay alive and profitable which means job assurance for you. Do you see what I mean?
In fact, you should be more scared if your company was not initiating change. That would mean it’s a dead company. They would be on the verge of collapsing.
Everybody has to bear the burden. Everybody has to bunker down and find ways to keep the ship floating. That requires everyone to do more with less. And I do mean everyone all the way to the person taking out the trash. Above all, everyone must be better team players.
Please do not let the change that is happening wreck your life. You can live through it or die through it. It’s conscious choice. It’s just a mindset. The reality is, you will never be able to stop or slow down the train of change. It doesn’t matter what you do or think, it will keep moving.
So, what’s the solution?
Embrace change now! See it as a gift instead of a curse. As this article on Forbes web site points out, learn to love change. I’m sure you have heard that whatever you resist persists. Stop resisting change. Make peace with it. Do the best you can with what you have where you are and stop fussing. It’s not good for your health.
Again, change is a gift. You can never grow and get to the next level by remaining the same or being comfortable. Something must occur to make you feel some level of discomfort. And that something is called change.
The main thing to keep in mind is that change is neutral. It’s not the reason why you are feeling the way you’re feeling. It’s rather the way you are responding to it. It’s the internal conversations you’re having with yourself that determine your attitude toward the change that is happening.
In the next post, I will share with you how to become a highly paid and indispensable team player during times of tough change.
Meanwhile, I can’t wait to read your thoughts on what I just shared with you.