Change. We all like to think of ourselves as welcoming new and better things, places, possessions, but when it’s something new, an organisational change, that’s going to involve how we behave, what we do, how we do it, when we do it, or who we do it with and for, there is fear. When it happens, as you know it will, how will you cope with the next organisation change?
Fear of change. Fear of having to do something differently to how we did it in the past. Fear of the unknown. We feel discomfort because our ability to predict fairly accurately our future is at risk, because of the impending change.
With all the uncertainty of life, change is the one thing, like tax, you can depend on.
Regardless of whether you are an employee, a manager, a parent, a teacher, a student or some combination of these personal descriptions, sooner or later you must deal with change. Odds are, you’ll be coping with change on a routine, ongoing basis in almost any walk of life.
Always try to find the silver lining in changes, and prevent knee-jerk reactions. Focus on responding to change in a flexible manner instead of reacting against it. Changes often stress out individuals, and this can create negative group dynamics. If you’re for-warned of the changes that are coming, make sure to discuss with others in your college, work group or family.
If the changes will cause more work or added obligations for others and yourself, think of ways you can help each other out and take advantage of the specific situation. Remain positive.
Should you feel resentful or fearful regarding the change(s), take some time to think through your feelings and identify the most favorable aspects of the situation..
Try to avoid negative thinking and only about the worst things that could happen because of the change. Understand that if you have issues, others around you probably do too. It’s acceptable to talk about your anxieties provided that you don’t spread panic and tension. Instead, discuss your issues as a method of brainstorming for positive aspects about the change. Try not to be the arbiter of bad news, but the ray of sunlight that brighten up the gloom that might be affecting everyone involved with the change.
Approach changes in your work life as well as your private life with the mind of a young child. Children, as a rule, don’t fear change. Try to find aspects of the change with which you’re unfamiliar and view them as an opportunity rather than as a burden.
In work situations, organisations and schools changes regularly come in the type of new individuals in positions of authority. In families, there could be step parents, step children, step siblings.
Where changes are occurring within school, your workplace or there is organisational change in the air, make sure to take advantage of any resources at hand, including mentoring, counselling for example.
Change may be frightening and stressful; nevertheless, when you remember that, no matter who you are, you set an example to others, you are sure to wish to reveal yourself in your best light. Change is great opportunity to learn about yourself and strengthen your character. Follow the suggestions presented here to handle change in virtually any situation.
In case your changes include a big shift in group composition and dynamics, make sure you remain favourable and open, avoid judgments and expect the best.