Worksmart: In Time of Change
Unfortunately, the word change can take on a negative meaning in the workplace. Similar to the dreaded word restructure, change could be defined as the act of making something different from what it used to be because it’s not working. So, while that may be the case at times, and is necessary, let’s remember that change can be good.
As the forever optimist (and I’ll take that title given to me by my peers), I prefer to use the word evolve or grow. To come forth gradually into being. To shift or add to something in the workplace (a process, for example), using the foundation being built by those before you.
Those in leadership roles should consider the perception of those receiving the change message. I can guarantee that fear, uncertainty, doubt are words that are coming to mind for those involved. For leaders, communicate the message as a natural step for growth – based on past contributions, successes, failures of what may have been done in the past. Make it positive. It’s a very sensitive time for those involved.
For team members, consider it as a time for your own professional growth. Jump in on the growth vision. Understand it, participate in it. Most importantly, show your value – the rich knowledge of the day-to-day activity and the history that has created the foundation on which you stand today. Growth cannot happen without you. That is priceless.
I’ve been involved in organizational growth from both perspectives. And because of that, I can honestly, and confidently offer my advice of optimism. I accept that most things naturally evolve. In business, we naturally want to get better. Don’t forget about the personal growth that will naturally occur. Whether it was my continued path at an organization, or an open door at another, I choose to embrace it from a positive perspective.
So, if change is happening in your workplace, and it’s uncomfortable for you, prepare for growth. Sharpen that saw. That temporary uncomfortable place may not be so bad.
Let’s work smarter so that we can live better.