Adapting to Change

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Throughout our careers, our roles and our responsibilities are changing. In this constantly changing career environment, the ability to be truly adaptable may be more important than any other skill in determining our consistent long-term success.

Learn to Go With the Flow
As a result of the changes that are occurring, you may not be reporting to the same person or managing the same responsibilities. Adjust your expectations and responses without lowering them. Focus on goals that are within your control, and start developing relationships to build a larger network of support and encouragement.

Practice Patience
When it comes to change, we may want to move on as quickly as possible. The cycle of change in the workplace may take longer than we would like. The change has to be communicated and integrated, and there needs to be time for adjustment of related functions. Individuals, too, need time to adjust to a changing workplace.

Be Open & Adventurous
Take on the change as a challenge. Throw yourself into planning and preparation, engage others in the process and chart your own new career horizons. Ask for ideas, suggestions, and feedback on how well you are making the necessary adjustments. Periods of change are times to build bridges, not walls. They are times to be open to input, not to be defensive.

Practice Constructive Discontent
Instead of clinging to the status quo, ask yourself, "How can I change for the better? How can I help the organization to change for the better?" Instead of expressing discontent destructively by undermining change efforts, look for ways that the change could bring about improvements in the workplace.

Try Something New Each Day
Once we must move outside our comfort zones, we have a tendency to try to build new safe zones as quickly as we can. Instead of clinging to your old way of doing things, challenge yourself to try at least one new way of adjusting to change each day. Make it a positive and productive effort.