Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal. - Arthur Schopenhauer
Someone rightly said that if there is something that is constant, it's change. Change takes place everywhere, every single second and we have no option but to embrace it and make out of it, all that we can. Like everywhere else, change is also constant in the workplace. The internal and external environment keeps on changing in business. Due to this, changes need to be made in the work processes. If the work processes change, the way we work changes. This happens every now and then, sometimes in a minute way that we don't notice and sometimes with a bang that shakes us all. While some employees adapt to this change almost immediately, there are a few who don't. These few aren't slow or in any way, less in capacity than the others. These few lack the ability to adapt, adapt to any sort of change. Adapting to change in the workplace is not only important (as it is going to happen more than once), but it's also very vital for growth and progress. The paragraphs below, will throw light on how employees should get rid of barriers to change, adapt to change and once that is done, how they should deal with it, in the right spirit.
How You Can Adapt to Change in the Workplace
Ellen Glasgow rightly said that all change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. This single statement says a lot about change. If prior changes in your organization did not do any good, it does not mean you have to rebel against the ones that do now. Secondly, it does not mean that you will be expected to do something more, in addition to what you do now. Change can also be stopping what is currently being done and doing it in a different way. Now that we know the basis of change in the workplace, let's move ahead and see how we can adapt to it.
First and foremost, you need to be receptive to change. You have to understand that changes are an everyday thing and these have to be adapted to for survival. The rule of survival of the fittest applies here too. If you think you can't change, chances are you won't be able to. Believe in yourself and try to change your mindset and your thinking before changing your actions. Bending down to new rules isn't being inferior but it's changing the way you function, for your better.
Behind the Scenes
To change yourself, you also need to understand why it's important that you change. Understand the change that has taken place and why it happened. Learn to think from all perspectives to reach a rational conclusion about the changes taking place and their importance. If in doubt, ask the seniors for opinions. Educate yourself on why there has to be change and how change can help. Without change, there will be stagnant processes and stagnant processes don't grow, they 'remain'. If you don't adapt to these changes, chances are even you would just 'remain'.
Think of the Long Run
Adaption to change in the workplace is going to help no one but you in the long run. Employers will see you as an employee who performs in every situation. No matter what changes take place, you always deliver results. On an individual level, you will always find yourself growing and learning new techniques of working. Changes bring with them more experience and experience brings with it more knowledge. An employee who can't adapt to changes well, is always considered an asset. If you think of the long run, adaptation will be much easier than you think.
Changes also increase doubts and curiosity relating to a lot of things. In a way, this is a very good thing. Doubts show that the employees are thinking of what is happening and are not just following the orders without contemplating. If you have any doubts, have group discussions with fellow employees and seek solutions. The answers you find might help you adapt better. The key is to concentrate on performance. Once you decide you need to perform, no change can stop you from doing so.
There are different ways of adapting to change in the workplace but one thing is for sure, it is better if it's willingly done rather than unwillingly. As Jack Welch said, 'change before you have to'. Managing change in the workplace doesn't seem that difficult now, does it? Treat change as a constant in your professional life to gain maximum satisfaction from your job. Change promises to bring a difference and this difference can be either good or bad. All you need to remember is that you need to adapt to it and not judge it individually. Best of Luck!