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Coping with Change in the Workplace


Change is a normal part of life, but it may have a way of making you feel adrift and uncertain. This is especially true with change in the workplace. Changes at work—even good ones, such as getting the new job you wanted—can make you feel anxious. Other changes may make you frustrated or angry. Although you can’t always control change, you can learn to control the way it affects you.Your response to change has a lot to do with whether you sink or swim. If you cling to your old ways, the force of change may sink your ship. But if you learn to adapt, change usually brings new opportunities. So why not let go of the familiar and reach for the new? Mourn the loss of the old ways, then move on.


Use Change to Your Advantage

By accepting change, you can deal with it in a productive way. First, map out your goals, both work-related and personal ones. How can the changes taking place help you get where you want to go? By forcing you to rethink old ideas, work-related changes may help you make a few good changes of your own.


What Matters to You?

If you know what’s important to you, responding to change is easier. Think about the questions at right, and be honest with your answers. The only correct answer is the one that’s right for you. Your answers can help you stay on course despite the uncertainties of change. Once you know where you want to go, you can make choices (and changes) that will help you reach your destination.


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