Common Problems During Change in the Workplace

Dealing with change can trigger employee emotions.

Dealing with change can trigger employee emotions.

When it's "out with the old and in with the new," employees may start panicking or even running for the door. While some embrace change, others would rather hide under the pillows and wait until the storm has passed. In the workplace, undergoing change can throw you for a loop. Even if you're prepared, problems from the practical to the emotional can overwhelm you. If you don't want to lose your cool, change is best greeted with a "come what may" attitude, especially at work.

Resistance

If you want to keep your job, get with the program. Just because you don't want things to change doesn't mean that they won't. Moving to a new office, getting a new manager or simply adapting to a few minor rules in your updated employee handbook can disrupt your routine. People try to do whatever they can to avoid both small and big changes. However, in the workplace, it's important to uncover these feelings of resistance and work toward accepting the new reality.

Fear of the Unknown

Sometimes change comes with big promises tied together with a red ribbon. At first, everything's great. Then, all of the sudden, it flops. People often fear change because they fear disappointment and broken promises. While there are never any guarantees in the workplace, good management can establish tight-knit bonds with staff, thereby earning trust and respect. Taking a leap of faith is always necessary when dealing with change.

Lack of Communication

When there's a new boss in town, there's a lot more nail biting and covering your own back, especially when there's only gossip going around the office. According to Business Know-How, speculation and rumors can drive any employee bonkers. Like a good marriage, the key to a smooth transition is communication. Since people always think the worst before they even ponder the good, it's essential to keep employees in the know every step of the way.

Added Pressure to Perform

Change often means more work. For example, if someone quits or gets fired, you may be expected to handle an extra workload. Or, perhaps you may have to justify your existence to avoid being on the chopping block. In any event, change can bring more responsibility and stress into your life. In order to cope, you must know your worth and what you're willing to compromise.

 

About the Author

Cooper Veeris holds a bachelor's degree in English from Fordham University and lives in New York City. In addition to contributing regularly to various websites as a writer, she has experience teaching different populations and age groups including early childhood, junior high and high school students, and adults living with mental illnesses.

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