Change can take many forms within the workplace from employee requests to alter hours to the redesign of roles and even onto full scale restructuring. These scenario’s can impact individuals in different ways. Sometimes the recipe for change is created through personal circumstances requiring it while on other occasions it is necessitated by business need. Whatever the reasons it is invariably a common feature of working life within general practice today. The economic and business climates coupled with the pressures of modern life requires an ongoing review of working practices.
So how do individuals not only deal with change but embrace it? What strategies can staff employ when faced with change? The following pointers will give you something to think about from a personal perspective and consider when working through the best approach for you:
• Be honest: Seems simple although can often be the hardest thing to do. If your personal circumstances change, arrange to meet with your manager to see what can be done to support you. It may be the case that the needs of the business cannot support what you require-you will never know though if you don’t ask or spell out what you need.
• What opportunities are available to you? What will the change offer you that wasn’t there before? What can you do to make the most of these opportunities? Putting yourself in the best position to take advantage of ways to progress your career will stand you in good stead.
• Keep positive and have a flexible approach. Those who make the most of change are often the staff who accept it is happening and throw themselves into making it work for them. Being open to the possibility of doing something different and getting involved to shape the future of the changes will increase the potential for arriving at a mutually beneficial outcome. It can sometimes feel like you are working within a silo/bubble when you convince yourself that any upcoming change is outside of your control with the reality being very different. Review your options.
• Talk your situation through with others who have your best interests at heart. A fresh perspective from somebody not directly involved with the change can prove to be very beneficial; they may pick up on things that you hadn’t considered before.
• An old cliché but it really is important to look after your personal health and wellbeing when approaching and going through change management programmes. The mind and body are intrinsically linked and the relationship between effective performance at work, an upbeat mindset and healthy living have been scientifically proven. The beneficial impacts can also impact all areas of your life.
Change is not something to be overawed by as it often throws up opportunities that you hadn’t otherwise considered. Approaching these situations in the right way will improve the outcomes you ultimately achieve.