Taking On Changes at the Office
There are as many platitudes about change as there are about love, death or health. So, we all know that change is part of life, and that change is the only thing that remains the same and that change is difficult for many people to accept. But it happens. Every day. All of the time. Companies and the office professionals who work for those companies must embrace change or they’ll be chasing it like a three-legged dog after a mail truck (which may itself soon be a relic of the past).
Technology changes the ways corporations operate. So does the fluctuating state of the economy. So does the death of a leader (RIP Steve Jobs). When greater forces compel companies to change the ways they operate, they must have a system in place to enact these developments on every level, which means educating each employee and ensuring they internalize these evolutions.
This article explains, "Change is about creating the best processes and systems to support a vision, but it is also about convincing employees to embrace new goals. No dramatic change will succeed unless the workforce is behind it... Leaders can push their people to change, or they can attract people to want to be a part of the change. The former often leads to short-term gains, the latter stands more of a chance of sustainable enthusiasm from employees. Companies that understand their employees can set a foundation for a stronger, smarter, more effective organization."
Even the most senior, entrenched employee must adapt. Remember that change is about professional development, and is not to be taken personally. Savvy office professionals see changes to their occupations before they actually arrive and enthusiastically accept the opportunity to learn a new skill, conquer a new technology or step out their comfort zone to tackle a new task. So keep an open mind. If you don’t change with the times, then the times will change you… or at least the person who is currently doing your job.
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