How To Manage Change In The Workplace

How To Manage Change In The Workplace

I’m guessing you landed on this page because you are looking for some information on how to manage change in the workplace. I want to offer you some tips and ideas on how to do so. First, I want to ask you…

Have you ever had moments in the workplace when you were very frustrated with your workloads? There is so much to do.

They want you to do more with less while they keep taking away your resources. They continue to lay off more people. They are asking you to do more with less or else.

You come to work with a cheerful attitude. However, you can’t keep that attitude for too long during the day. After all, you are being overworked and underpaid. I mean, there’s so much change happening that you feel like you want to scream at your boss.

Suddenly, you start thinking about quitting. You are confused. You don’t if you should stay and take the punches or walk away. You want to give up from a job you have already invested so much time and energy into.

You probably are afraid as well. You don’t if you are the next person they will let go on a short notice. Hey, it can happen to you! One new piece of software can replace you and render you unnecessary. That is a scary thought, isn’t it?

Have you ever felt those kinds of feelings in the workplace? Maybe it’s not that hard for you. However, I know your company is going through some kind of change. Most of it is forced upon them by external circumstances.

One of the questions I am asked often as I travel across the United States speaking at conferences is how to manage change in the workplace. People want to know how to stay motivated during these turbulent times.

For whatever reason, most people are fighting change. In fact, many are giving up. They are walking away from their dreams. That is really sad! When we were kids, somebody should have told us that change was necessary for improvement.

Why do we love to cling to old ways of doing things so much? The answer is somewhat simple. As human beings, we love being comfortable. We strive for it. Anything that forces us outside of our comfort zone appears to be a threat.

That’s the reason so many are fighting change in the workplace instead of finding ways to manage it. The bottom line is, you either find a way to manage your circumstances, or they will manage you.

In my book Kick Your Excuses Goodbye, I mentioned that no condition is permanent. However, I should have explained that change is permanent.

All things in the universe are constantly changing. Nothing stays still. The best you and I can do is to learn how to manage change.

3 Simple Ways to Manage Change In The Workplace

1- Learn To Embrace And Accept It

know you have heard this probably a million times. However, as simple as it sounds, it’s the first step toward dealing with change. There’s no other first step. This is it!

Let’s face it, you cannot change the fact that your company is changing things. They are forced to do so by external events or circumstances.

Global competition demands it. It’s the only way to stay relevant and competitive. Why fight something you cannot change?

Of course, you can fight the change that is going on. You have the freedom to do so. But, here’s the bad news: You will never, ever, win. You are fighting a losing battle. And you will, in one way or another, face the consequences.

I know. Maybe you are saying to yourself, “I’m a winner”. Good for you. However, this fight can only be won by embracing the change you are fighting. Simply put, don’t fight against change. Instead, learn to grow and expand with it.

2- Don’t Take Change Personally

Look, your company or your boss is not after you. They are doing it to you. They are not cutting your budget or reducing your staff because they don’t like you. They are doing it so they can get rid of you. Get all of that out of your head.

Everyone is being affected by the violent storms of change. There’s not a single company in the world that can continue to do business as usual.

The reality is, any company that is not radically changing the way they do business will soon go out of business. The competition will eat them alive. And this is not a threat. It’s the reality. It’s the new normal world!

Here’s my best advice for you: Do not internalize what’s going on. What do I mean by that? Well, be an observer. For example, if there’s a layoff going on, see it outside of you.

You cannot feel and experience something that is happening outside of you, right? You simply observe it and say, “This is a layoff.” See the change you are dealing with as an occurrence outside of you.

Look at your problems and challenges just like you look at a tree, a car, or a house. That doesn’t mean you don’t care. It means you are in control. It means you can find the solutions without tears.

3- Reinvent And Retool Yourself

Albert Einstein said, “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” If you think the person you have always been can solve your problems, think again.

Imagine you are a manager. You just got a promotion to be the CEO of your company. Do you think who you are as a manager can lead the company as a CEO? No. You have to become a CEO to run the company. You have to think like one. You would need a totally new mindset.

Likewise, you need a brand new mindset to deal with today’s rapid and violent changes. You need to have a new way of thinking. You need fresh knowledge. And best of all, you need a new attitude.

It’s time to retool. It’s time to sharpen your old tools. You need new and fresh skills to deal with today’s challenges. What you learned 10 years ago is not good enough to help survive and thrive in the new economy.

There you have it. I just gave you some insights on how to manage changes in the workplace. Take the time to ponder on them. So many people are giving up in the face of change. I don’t want you to be one of them. You can win in spite of the challenges.

Once you start putting the strategies I just shared with you, your stresses will go away. You will have a more positive attitude. You will boost your productivity in spite of the fact you have to do more with less.

It’s all in your mind. If you keep convincing yourself that you cannot do more with less, you will never think of better ways to do more with less.

I look forward to hearing your feedback or questions for me. Keep pressing on. And remember this: Change is a gift… Embrace it!