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Dealing with Change at Work: a CV Centre Guide
Change at Work
Change in the workplace is inevitable for a variety of often essential and unavoidable reasons. However, unless change is managed effectively, it can have a very negative impact on both employer and employees. Some of the most common reasons for workplace change include:
It is possible for potentially negative change to be handled effectively and indeed for there to be a positive outcome. However, it is more than likely that initial reactions may be in opposition to the proposals, while the workforce struggles to come to terms with the potential impact of the situation.
The effects of change
Understandably, different people will respond in different ways to workplace
change, resulting in a range of mixed emotions among employees, one
of which may be insecurity. Individuals who once felt happy and secure
in their working environment may suddenly lose confidence in their employer
and find themselves unsure of who they can trust.
The successful implementation of change
However, there are ways of dealing with change, both from the perspective
of the employer and the employee - ways designed to encourage a greater
acceptance of change and to minimise the negative impact on the business.
Depending on the nature of the change, an employer may also have statutory
obligations they should be mindful of. This ensures that the rights of
the workforce are upheld and minimises the likelihood of future legal
Strategies for coping
There is a real danger that the threat of change in the workplace can
lead to increased levels of stress, so it is essential for your health
and well-being that you are able to cope effectively - and to see the
change more as a new opportunity.
It is important to remember that workplace change does not have to create stress and confusion, but can indeed be an opportunity to acquire new skills, achieve career progression and embrace a new way of working. As long as you remain flexible and responsive, you should be able to adapt to the new situation and ensure that you make the most of any new opportunities that are presented to you.
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