Mastering Change and Challenges in the Workplace
For most of us, working is challenging regardless of whether or not there is a global pandemic. Between childcare, returning to the office, and technical difficulties while working from home, many workers are reporting challenges in the workplace.
Here are a few tips for dealing with workplace changes and challenges.
Understand the Process
If you are faced with an upcoming change at work, make sure you understand the process. Change is even more confusing if you have no idea what’s happening, and understanding the process will help you stay on top of any potential issues. If you have a question or need clarification, do not hesitate to ask.
If you happen to be initiating a change, make sure that you have a plan before introducing ideas to your employees and clearly outline the process in your communications. You should also encourage employees to ask questions and allow those questions to guide how you structure your future communications.
Communicating is important in the workplace, but it becomes key during any sort of workplace change or challenge. Change can be confusing even if everyone is doing their best to get with the new program, which is why open communication between employer and employee is key to ensuring a smooth transition. If you are an employer or manager, make sure to prepare your team for the change and encourage open communication to help make the transition easier.
Likewise, communication is key during challenges in the workplace. Employers should be open to having employees talk about the challenges they are faced with so that mutually beneficial solutions may be achieved.
Practice Emotional Intelligence
Changes at work are often a cause of stress and anxiety because most people depend on their jobs to pay their bills, and some are only a missed paycheck away from serious financial issues. If a change or challenge is on the horizon, try to empathize with the people involved. If nothing else, ask yourself how you’d want to be treated if the roles were reversed and you were in that person’s position.
Try to Remain Professional
Work is, after all, a more formal environment, and you will want to present yourself as a professional regardless of whether you are dealing with a change or a challenge. Remaining calm and respectful is often possible even while you are in the middle of a difficult situation.
Know When to Walk Away
In some cases, a change or a challenge in the workplace may lead you to want to leave. For instance, if you are the primary childcare provider in your home but your work has required that everyone begin working from the office and is not willing to compromise, it may be time to find another job.
Likewise, if you’re dealing with harassment, poor treatment, or if you have problems that your employer simply refuses or fails to address, it may be time to work on your resume and find something else.
Before you consider changing jobs, consider communicating and expressing your concerns and polish up your resume. If you’re concerned about cash flow, make sure that you have another position lined up before giving your notice to your current employer.
Dealing with changes in the workplace is not always easy, especially as we adapt to a new “normal.” The best way to deal with challenges at work is to remain professional and have open communication with your colleagues and supervisors. You will be surprised at how often professional problems can be resolved when you display a high level of respect and emotional intelligence.