Friday, October 30, 2015

Adapting to Change

Change happens constantly today, and the future is guaranteed to bring even more change. Organizations in today's chaotic business environment recognize that the ability to effectively manage change is not only a strategic advantage but is essential to doing business successfully.

Everyone adapts to change differently. One key to managing change successfully is having a feeling of control. Research has shown that individuals who overcome major crises, or handle a serious trauma, often demonstrate the attitude that they can handle whatever life throws at them. They look for what they can do and take action, even if they don’t always have complete information about the change.

It helps to get clear on what you can and can’t control and what you can possibly influence. Learning about change, its characteristics, and our responses to it can help change seem more manageable, lessening its negative impact and allowing us to adjust and regain our productivity quicker.

Since change is inevitable, we can look at it with a gloom and doom approach, or we can think of it as an opportunity to examine how we define ourselves, where we are going, and how we will accomplish our goals.

It often helps to remember that you have successfully managed many changes in the past and that you have what it takes to manage change in the future.

Until next time...

Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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