Change in the Workplace: Coping with Transition
In today’s world, where change happens quickly, moving from old to new can be difficult. Help ease the transition by remembering these tips: Give up what you can’t control. Make decisions that suit you; don’t just react to change. And, distinguish between fact and rumor.
If your project, product, or process changes, you may be faced with new or extra duties—maybe even a new boss. Will your new job help you reach your goals? If so, great! Focus on learning any new technology or skills you’ll need to be successful. If it won’t, begin looking for another position that is closer to the goals you value.
After a promotion, you may miss the familiar feel of your old job and your old coworkers. This will pass as you get involved in your new duties. Put in a little extra effort up front. Ask your new peers for advice or tips for succeeding at the new job. Also, break your new tasks into small steps and get training if you need it.
If your company changes ownership, you may wonder if you’ll still have a job in 6 months. Reduce your uncertainties by finding out about the new organization. Do you share its values and work routines? If you do, get involved. Look for new opportunities, perhaps by accepting new duties or relocating. If you’re still uncertain, allow time to adapt. Patience is part of coping. Whether you leave or stay, make your decision and plan for it.