How to Adapt to Change in Business

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Organizational behavior largely depends on the current leadership. Change, especially in leadership, can be difficult for employees to adjust to. Change management starts with leadership and is funneled throughout the organization. The goal of change management is to help "change resistors" to adapt. While all organizations are different, there are some common techniques.

  • Jump in. You can't manage change from the outside. Become a change agent by being the first to acknowledge a change.

  • Expect it. Change is as certain as death and taxes. It is even more pronounced with the advent of software applications that have greatly automated certain functions in the workplace. The best way to adapt to change is to expect it. Take a class in project management or software engineering.

  • Find a way to relate the change to a personal advantage. If it's a management change, look up the background for your new manager and brainstorm how it might help your own career. If the change is functional or related to compensation, develop a strategy to take advantage of the fallout. Look at change as an opportunity, not a roadblock.

  • Surround yourself with other change agents. Being around people who are good at adapting to change can help to motivate you in identifying opportunities for development.

  • Acknowledge issues as soon as they occur. Whenever change occurs, people expect a certain degree of fallout. Should the change hurt your situation, ask for help. Ask a co-worker for his or her assessment of the situation for context and comparison. Seek advice from mentors outside of your immediate group. Be proactive in presenting a recommendation to your manager. The recommendation should be presented as a win-win solution.

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