Adapting to Change

Introduction
In the modern world, businesses are always altering as they try to adapt to the changing needs of the consumer. As a reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen one of the biggest changes to the business environment since the beginning of the 4th industrial revolution.

Being able to adapt when needed is vital, so In this article, we'll discuss methods you can use to help with agility and flexibility when change is afoot.

Embrace the change
The worst thing you can do is try and fight against change when it comes, as 90% of the time, you risk being left behind as the business and your peers change around you. Embracing change gives you a chance to get ahead and prepare for the new challenges that will arise out of it. Furthermore, change can bring its benefits - yes you may get thrown out of your comfort zone - but from that, you will learn new skills, have fresh new experiences and maybe even get a promotion.

See it through someone else's eyes
When change happens, it may make you annoyed or angry. For example, if your colleague resigns, you may see it as a ridiculous idea and not be able to understand why someone would want to move, especially if it's a good job they’re leaving. However, taking the time to see it through their perspective could give you fresh insight; maybe the job is not as good as you think, maybe it's fallen behind its competitors in terms of salary package and benefits. Through this, you could feel it might be time for you to move on too.

Related article: When is it time to move on?

Look at what you can do to help
In most scenarios, change within an organisation will be out of your control, so it's best to focus on what you can do. Having no command over our surrounding environment can be extremely stressful, but focusing on what you can manage may give you a greater sense of control over the situation - this will help you as you go through the transitional period. You may also find you have more control than you first thought.

Talk to someone
If the prospect of large scale change has got you extremely stressed, talk to your line manager and see what support they can offer you. You may be able to get a full rundown of all the upcoming changes to the business, giving you ample time to prepare so when they do eventually come, they won't impact you as much.

To conclude, change isn't something to fear, but something to embrace. Change comes with new challenges and opportunities to grow in your career. Attempting to stop change will leave you left behind by the world around you so why not face it head-on and see what new opportunities come?

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