Managing Change from the Inside by Cindy Stradling CSP, CPC

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Life happens. Many times, we are confronted with big changes that create a huge impact. Sometimes, these are planned and exciting, like getting married or getting that great new job we wanted. Other times, change comes in the form of devastation like death, divorce or job loss. Both kinds of changes are stressful and require management on our part in order to not only cope, but hopefully thrive. Here are some tips to help you manage life changes, good and bad. index2

  1. Prepare, if possible. When you know change is coming, you have time to prepare. This preparation can make it easier to deal with the stress the change is bound to bring. You can, for example, get some other things out of the way before you start a new job, so that you don’t have to deal with the situation while adjusting to new employment. If you are in the midst of a small remodeling project, get it finished before the first day of work. Clearing your mind of distractions helps you prepare to handle the change.
  1. Tackle the problem head on. There’s a saying that problems that are procrastinated are only amplified. When you’re faced with unpleasant changes, there is a temptation to retreat. However, failing to face the challenge immediately and directly will just delay the inevitable, and may potentially make it worse, as well.
  1. Explain to your family. When going through change, you may show signs of stress your family doesn’t understand. You may have to work extra hours to accommodate a work change. You may be scared, or you may be grieving after a death. Letting those who love you know what you’re going through offers two positive effects. The first is that you avoid having your family feel neglected or worry about you. The second is that you will hopefully get the support you need to get through the change.

Change is inevitable, and sometimes brings amazing results to our lives. Even when change is unwanted, or brings about sadness, it can provide us with a chance to grow and become a better person, a more productive employee or a more mature leader. Only when you manage getting through the change can you see the benefits on the other side.

 

 

Change it Up by Cindy Stradling CSP< CPC

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No matter how much you love your job, there are undoubtedly parts of it that you don’t particularly like. It’s inevitable that every job comes with some routines that you find to be boring or annoying. Yet, you know that the work cannot be accomplished without performing these mundane tasks.

None of us can avoid having the mundane tasks that go along with our jobs, and we can’t always delegate these to other people, either. So, to make the job a little better, find ways to change up your routines, so that these don’t seem so daunting.Change-it-Up-Version1-1080x675

There are several ways to change up your routines. Some are as simple as performing the tasks in a different location or at a different time. For example, how awful can it be to look over the accounting records for the month if you can do it from your back deck instead of your desk in the office? Maybe staying home one morning a month to perform this routine task in one of your favorite spots is enough to make it more palatable.

You may also look for new ways to perform these tasks that you don’t enjoy. Finding a new process for your routine tasks can make them easier to stomach. In addition, finding a new process may also help you to find ways to increase efficiency. The simple act of reevaluating a routine may be exactly what you need to discover a new, more efficient, or simpler way of getting the job done. When you can find a new way to handle an old process, you might find it’s no longer so daunting. Since new technologies are introduced to the business world every day, there may even be automation you can apply to a task you currently perform manually.

Don’t get bogged down in the details of tasks you don’t enjoy. Yes, these tasks are required, and, no, they’re not your favorite part of your job. But, when you reevaluate them periodically, and change up your routines, you may find ways to make these mundane tasks a little bit easier to accomplish.

Change is Inevitable By Cindy Stradling CSP, CPC

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Change is Inevitable by Cindy Stradling CSP, CPC

 Next to death and taxes one thing for sure is change.  It is constant and it will continue to be part of our everyday lives.  The rate of change has significantly increased in the past several decades and there is no sign of it slowing down any time soon.

 People generally resist change and will often choose the comfort of things staying the same and comfortable than having to experience the anxiety of dealing with change and the unknown.change

 We are experiencing more change and unrest than we have in the past twenty years. We have to give up on the idea of that one day we will catch up or that things will settle down soon. It takes a lot of emotional, intellectual and physical energy to continually absorb change and often people get overloaded.  When this happens, productivity and quality can often suffer.  When employees burn out, it can directly affect the level of customer service and overall company morale.

 Often when there is big change happening in a company the leaders work very hard and spend a lot of time and energy trying to make people feel comfortable during change.  They create strategies to encourage employees to feel good about what is happening.  Instead, they should be giving them the tools to move through the discomfort of change and foster attitudes that will help them thrive in the new environment.  People need to be given the time and training required to adapt to change with minimal disruption to the customers.

 When major change happens, leaders need to look for ways to make incremental changes whenever possible with the least amount of impact on existing resources.  Managing the human side of change is critical to the success of any change initiative.  By providing employees with the tools to transition through change with resiliency will go a long way to keep them positive and focused on the desired results.  There needs to be a process for managing transition and change.

Tips for implementing effective change:

  • There needs to be an Executive who is a sponsor for the change
  • Teams of change agents need to be created (ie: communication, transition)
  • The need for change has been communicated to everyone (several times and in several ways)
  • The leaders clearly communicate the need for the change highlighting the direct and indirect impacts
  • It must be clearly communicate who will be involved in the implementation and planning of the change
  • Ongoing communication and updates as the project moves forward, as well as any modifications required