Afraid of change?

Unfortunately, it’s become a necessity in today’s busy work environment to be constantly keeping up with the times, and not doing so can end up leaving you with serious consequences for the state of your business. In order to avoid becoming seen as old fashioned, there are plenty of ways to adjust how you run things, although we know it can be hard to accept this if you’re familiar with tried-and-tested processes that have always worked in the past.

Increasing efficiency should always be at the forefront of business, and while taking risks by making a change can seem detrimental to that, that’s not actually the case. Here are some ways in which you can overcome these feelings of trepidation and welcome the turning tide of the work environment.

Communication is Key

Fear is more harmful to you and your business if you keep it to yourself. Relations between employer and employee should always be strong, and including your staff in plans for change will help the business to move forward as more of a well-oiled machine. They may have concerns about the possibility of things being different around the office, but talking through it can help alleviate those worries, as well as your own.

An efficient business needs efficient workers and Bizdaq CEO Sean Mallon identified that when big changes are made by management without consultation from their staff, it often makes “employees feel unheard and undervalued”. By including them in the decision-making process, it makes everyone more accepting of change and can even lead to better choices being made.

Think Positively

When faced with change, it can be easy to focus on all the negatives. What if it doesn’t work out? What if I make a mistake?

Don’t do that.

Easier said than done, true, but if you just think about all the bad outcomes then you’ll never help your business to thrive. A positive mind can bring about positive results, and will also come across far more professional. Nigel Whiteout, founder of LoveCrafts, believes in embracing how change can bring about new customers and sales opportunities. Without doing so, “revenue will surely disappear to new entrants to the market who don’t care about your entitled sense of corporate self”.

If you’re stuck thinking about the negatives, try to identify what it is that’s bringing about your fear of change. By addressing such fears, you might be able to find a rational way to lessen them and move forward with your plans.

Don’t Look Back

Once the changes have been made, there’s a strong likelihood that you or your employees will still be nervous about what’s to come out of it. Learning how to do things differently can be a struggle, especially if you already have a lot of pressure on your shoulders to achieve, and it can be easy to yearn for how things used to be.

In order for the change to be successful, everyone needs to be behind it, so offering support to get everyone through is vital. If employees are finding it difficult to adapt to the new way of things, it’s an employer’s job to help them adjust, rather than expecting them to cope straight away. 

James Darvill

James is a passionate scriptwriter and reluctant poet with a talent for the dystopian. When he’s not staying up late watching the Simpsons he’s beating the world at Mario Kart, always with a glass of wine in hand.
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