Change in the Workplace is Inevitable
You would have to have been living under a rock not to be aware of the growing problems caused by the Coronavirus. As of writing, not a day seems to go by without another measure being put in place somewhere in the world that curtails our way of life in order to stop the spread of this, particularly rampant virus. Many of us are realising that the longer it goes on, we will have to accept a degree of change in the workplace.
Hopefully, not many of us will be affected, and if we are, it will be a for a short time, perhaps working from home for a couple of weeks will be all that happens. But there are some businesses that may be affected badly and be forced to restructure. And this may have a direct effect on you. How you cope with this change could define the next few years of your career.
When an economy enters into a period of uncertainty, everyone is nervous, wondering what the downturn in business will bring. Unemployment, financial deterioration, and even bankruptcy are all possibilities that cross people’s minds.
But it is not just global upsets like Coronavirus that that can cause change in the workplace. Modifications to management, technology, procedures, expectations, policies, and even company culture take place all the time. However, humans have a common, natural instinct to resist change. Unwillingness to be flexible and adapt may prohibit or derail career advancement. You can become a valuable asset to any company by showing a willingness to embrace change.
Establish Your Flexibility When Facing Change in the Workplace
Whether you are thinking of looking for a new job or are currently employed, staying open-minded is essential to career success. Particularly if you are searching for a job in this currently worrying economic climate, demonstrating flexibility will help you stay afloat.
An example of this is accepting a temporary or part-time position that allows you to work at home while waiting for full-time career employment or to be able to re-enter your usual trade. While not an ideal scenario, being open to such opportunities can help pay bills as you await your next open door. In fact, your temporary position of making calls from home could lead to a long and satisfying career within the same company.
Be a Versatile Employee
Being flexible is also about being adaptable within your given trade. You must demonstrate your skills in a way that establishes your ability to accommodate the demands of work, as well as the needs of your co-workers and superiors. With seemingly a likelihood of limited resources in the coming economy, employees must adapt to accomplish more with less and work quickly through it all. In turn, this ensures employees benefit from being willing to adapt their work styles in new ways and with positive attitudes. It is in this way that any harsh short-term measures can be weathered until the situation rights itself.
Remember to Maintain a Positive Attitude
It is vitally important that you maintain a positive attitude throughout unforeseen changes. While no one expects you to become a sook, it will be frowned upon when an employee complains that, “That isn’t part of my job description,” or “I’m not prepared to change my schedule.” Expressions like these are sure to hurt you in the long run.
Instead, why not try being the first one to offer a solution that can meet the need in question? Saying “yes” to change may require extra time and work but approaching challenges with such boldness and drive can make you an asset to your company or organisation very quickly.
Businesses thrive when they embrace change. The same is true for you as an individual. You can meet change in the workplace head-on by developing and taking opportunities as they come. In addition, adjusting your work style to meet the changes in the workplace environment makes you a valuable asset. If you can respond to unexpected events with a positive attitude and a willing spirit, your career is certain to rise.