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Change is natural. Change is usually good.
But a change in the workplace can be unsettling, and it’s hard to predict how people will react.
Sometimes the reaction to change is positive and simple, and the process of change is smooth. But other times, sweeping changes in the workplace cause anxiety, project failures, loss of production and resignations. It all depends on how you as an organisation manage change and the reactions that follow.
There are many reasons for a change in the workplace:
The biggest barrier to smooth changes in the workplace is resistance to change. Humans like routine, and disturbing that routine can lead to questions, stress and anxiety.
Resistance, then, is a natural reaction. We fear uncertainty, we get nervous when we feel a lack of control, and we disengage when we don’t know what’s around the corner.
Managing change is a valuable skill which can help increase loyalty, and is seen as strong leadership. But when it’s handled badly, it can be damaging to both the organisation and the people within it. Here is a brief guide to some ways to how to manage change at work:
You might have been working at an organisation for years, or only just starting—and then an email lands. Restructuring. Changes are being made, and it’s possible that your role is one of those changes.
It’s uncertain and can be stressful. So, how best to handle the changing position at work?
If your role involves managing or looking after a team of people, Health Assured can help.
Our EAP support helps employees who are uncertain or unsettled in the face of change. With the support and guidance of our qualified counsellors, we can assist in challenging poor performance, behaviour or bad attitudes before they can develop.
Sometimes it’s as simple as reminding the employee of the EAP service provided and the support available. Other times it may involve coaching to challenge behaviour or dealing with specific performance-related issues.
If you’re facing drastic change at work, and need help, contact Health Assured to discuss how we can help. Call us on 0844 892 2493.
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