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August 25, 2018

Change and Your Career

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”H.P. Lovecraft

Lovecraft should know something about fear; he wrote some scary stories! While these words were penned in the 1920s, they say something about today’s workplace. Change is scary, and the workplace is constantly changing. The key to coping with change is embracing it and using it to further your career. Here are some tips to help you.

  • Stop viewing change as “bad.”Change can be good or bad, depending on your outlook and attitude toward it. You can view a reorganization of your company or department as dangerous and fear what might happen to your job, which makes it “bad.” On the flip side, you can view it as an opportunity to take on new responsibilities, either with your existing company or somewhere else. The key is to stay flexible, be open to new things, and focus on what’s best for your career!
  • Become a champion of the change.Develop enthusiasm for the change and communicate this to others. Offer to be involved on committees and teams that are implementing the change. Learn all you can about it. This proactive behavior will give you a sense of power while showcasing your leadership ability, initiative, and commitment to the organization. Attributes usually valued by management!
  • Stay positively productive.This can be hard in times of change but focusing on what’s in front of you rather than imagining bleak, future scenarios helps keep your stress level low and your productivity high.

Change can be frightening and stressful; however, having the right attitude, keeping a positive outlook, and taking actions that showcase your value can help you ride out the change and come out on top. See my blog posts Flexibility at Work and Does Positivity at Work Really Make a Difference?

 

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