Change is- and always has been- an inevitable part of life. [ In today's business climate, however, the pace of change has definitely increased.
Since most people normally hate to go through change, you can easily understand how today's pace of change can be stressful for many employees.
Most of us prefer established routines. We like to feel secure, stable, and familiar with our responsibilities. The one thing we hate most is uncertainty- uncertainty about our jobs, our future, our status in the organization, the role we are expected to play, and what other changes might be coming down the pike.
Unfortunately, most businesses are forced to make changes today just to survive. Global transformations require speedy adjustments. Local and national economic forces must be recognized and responded to promptly. New sources of competition and new technologies suddenly appear out of nowhere.
Like successful professional athletic teams, most businesses today must continually make changes to remain competitive.
Thus, instead of fearing change, resisting it, or hoping it won't ever happen to you, it's much better to prepare yourself mentally for the inevitable changes that are likely to occur.
Start today by imagining how you could cope with sudden, massive change. Think about likely scenarios and then brainstorm, on your own or with others, about how you might best respond.
Assume that the "rug could get pulled from beneath you" at any time. Then, if this happens, you won't be caught off guard. You'll already be psychologically and emotionally ready.
If the changes never come, you'll still be better off. Having prepared yourself in advance will enable you to feel much more confident and secure in your normal day- to-day activities. ] (More)