You can’t avoid change even if you want to. You might think you can go to work and escape changes at home. And you might be right! But you’ll be faced with different changes at work, so you can never completely avoid change. When change happens, how do you respond? Do you hate it? Or do you thrive?
Whatever your feelings are toward change, it’s important to know that being receptive to change comes with many benefits. Here are some things that happen when you become more receptive to change, according to Asana:
You grow your resilience
After dealing with change for some time, or dealing with multiple changes, your brain is altered. By challenging your brain with changes, it will soon be conditioned to believe there is nothing that can’t be overcome.
You set yourself apart from others
Being adaptable and resilient will make you stand out. You will exude a calm confidence not many can master, trusting in your abilities to successfully work through difficult situations.
You realize that adaptability feels good
Adaptability allows you to look at situations that used to overwhelm you and now view them as exciting opportunities. You will notice you seek and find solutions much easier.
You build a top-notch leadership skill
Once you are receptive to change, you can lead others to do the same. Help others develop critical thinking skills and work through various challenges and changes.
You become more productive
Instead of wasting time worrying about changes, you will be ready to think forward and think about the next steps. By doing so you can also help your team prepare to take action and move forward together.
Okay, so you now know it’s worth it to try to embrace change. How do you become better at navigating change and becoming more adaptable? Check out the following tips:
Accept the change
You can’t escape or avoid change, so you might as well settle in and accept that fact. By doing so, you will naturally be able to adapt more quickly when change happens. Train yourself to think more about the opportunities that come with change, instead of the fears and uncertainties you might feel.
View changes in a positive light, again focusing on the exciting opportunities rather than the negative or intimidating parts that might come with it. Maintaining positivity is a skill you will likely need to practice until it becomes a natural mindset. Your positivity will spread to others on your team, making change a much better all-around experience.
Get a fresh perspective
If you need encouragement or validation in the changes and transitions happening at work, you might need to seek out some fresh eyes. Use your friends or family as a sounding board to get their perspective on what’s going on within your workplace. You may find that the changes within your workplace are in fact normal or not that bad after all.
Focus on what you can control
Things rarely go well when you fixate on things outside of your control. Try to stay away from the uncontrollable as much as you can and stick to what you can control. This will allow you to feel happier, less overwhelmed, and more fulfilled. Take things one step at a time!
Set new goals
Altering current goals or setting new goals might be just the spark you need to feel purpose again or clarity in what you’re doing. You can focus on your new goals rather than spending too much time worrying about changes in the workplace.
Stay connected with coworkers
You might be tempted some days to clock in, put your head down, get your work done, and clock out. We get it! When you have a never-ending list of tasks, you need some days like this. Don’t get in the habit of doing this often. Be intentional about building and maintaining relationships with coworkers to cultivate an environment of trust, collaboration, and loyalty.
Changes can be difficult to accept and embrace, but that doesn’t mean change is a bad thing. It’s quite the opposite! Change is what sparks creativity, innovation, and resilience. Try not to let change defeat you, remembering the tips above as you navigate the next workplace change.
If you’re ready to embrace change within your team or organization, chat with a CoreCounts Consultant about the options we have for team training!