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  • feedwordpress 09:42:56 on 2017/01/17 Permalink
    Tags: , , Amanda Wilks, , , Change, changes in the workplace, difficult circumstances, , , , , workplace changes, workplace effectiveness   

    Five Ways to Deal with Workplace Changes Positively 

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    Article contribution by Amanda Wilks

    Change in the workplace is often very difficult to embrace. It may not be readily apparent to employees why the alterations and adjustments are being made. When they have to deal with workplace changes, it can become the perfect source of employee complaints and disgruntled comments.

    These can be anything from a switch in employee health insurance to a total company shakedown. Whatever the case, there are methods to make this as positive and as painless as possible to handle.

    1.      Support Management

    It can be extremely challenging to deal with workplace changes and support an issue that you don’t know very much about or don’t believe in. Approach your supervisor and let them know that you are on board, and ask if there is anything you can do to help. Ask questions about the process so that you can get more of a feel for the objectives of the changes.

    Speak only positive thoughts and feelings when around other employees and management, so you don’t get pulled into a very negative rumor and gossip mill. Some domains, in particular, will feature many changes. If you have a job in the food industry, for example, know that change is very often the norm in this ever-evolving field.

    2.      Think Outside the Box

    The reasoning for the change may not be readily apparent, so take a step back and look at the situation from all angles. What benefit is this providing? What are the long-term objectives? Who is behind all of the new policies? How long will this transformation take? Looking at the changes from management’s viewpoint may make all the difference in your attitude and your actions.

    3.      Set an Example

    While other employees may be resisting the implementation of these changes, be the change your superiors want you to be by enthusiastically plunging into the new regimen. This may make you very unpopular with your co-workers, but others may see the logic in what you are doing and follow suit.

    Further down the road, it may make the difference between being asked to stay on as an employee or being fired or laid off.

    4.      Make Suggestions

    Change is difficult for everyone, even those at the top. If you can see an area where a simple tweak can make it even more effective, tactfully point it out to your superiors. It is all probably very new to them as well, and they may welcome any input that causes the new order to be more productive, efficient, and positively received.

    Often, change comes about so quickly that every last detail is not yet completely thought out, so any input or suggestions are usually very well received.

    5.      Ask Questions

    Asking questions about the changes may quell many fears. Sometimes management automatically assumes that the rest of the personnel is well aware of the reasoning behind the moves. Be very tactful and sincere with any inquiries that you make. Relay any helpful information back to other concerned employees, or if you feel comfortable enough with your superiors, ask for an informational meeting where everyone can ask pertinent questions and voice their opinions.

    Often it is a fear of the unknown that paralyzes company personnel. Encouraging all to be forthright and honest about the situation can assist in improving morale and the general atmosphere. Communication is always key, no matter the circumstances.

    The outcome of the new regimen may take months or even years to come to fruition. Stay focused on your career, go the extra mile, and pay close attention to the outcomes of the changes. Realize that sometimes management may make a wrong call or mistakes in their judgments, and if the new rules do not work out, the business may revert to the old procedures and dynamics.

    Change from a business perspective is usually to increase production, service quality, produce a new or altered product, generate more income, or lessen costs. An employee with the foresight to understand that the business does have everyone’s best interests in mind will go far in becoming an exemplary, dependable, and long-term staff member.

    Following the above suggestions will portray you and your fellow staff as team players who are willing to deal with workplace changes and stick with the company through thick and thin. The ultimate success of the adjustments or revisions will depend on the cooperation of all employees.

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  • feedwordpress 20:45:43 on 2016/12/07 Permalink
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    12 Days of Christmas Webinar: Riding the Wave of Change 

    In this program we continue the festivities of the 12 Days of Christmas Webinar Series with our topic, Riding the Wave of Change. Joan shares ten great tips to help you with change.

    Today we answered some of your fun questions from previous webinars and we even held a challenge to name Joan’s festive reindeer that we use to decorate the front lobby of our offices. We had so many submissions and we were roaring with laughter during the review of the submissions. It looks like our attendees had a great time today – with the topic and the contest.

    Watch the Free Webinar Replay Riding the Wave of Change

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    Riding the Wave of Change Webinar Resources & Downloads

    Did you like the props used in the webinars? So many of you have commented on the props and decorations from our webinars during this series. We got our “Ugly Sweaters” at Wal-Mart, silly hats at Walgreens, the decorations for each of our offices at Hobby Lobby and the photo booth props from Target

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    Watch Our Previous Webinars in the 12 Days of Christmas Series

    Day 1, Get Things Done & Control Your Day

    Day 2, Goal Setting & Branding Yourself for 2017

    Day 3, Question and Answer with Joan Burge

    Day 4, The Accelerated Assistant

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  • feedwordpress 10:27:01 on 2016/09/13 Permalink
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    How to Tell If Your Leadership is Failing 

    screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-6-14-22-amJust because you’re a leader, there’s no guarantee that you are leading. Sometimes your leadership is failing and you don’t even know it.

    Holding the position and the title of leader doesn’t mean much if you’re not taking the right actions.

    Leadership is active—it’s forever developing and improving, based not on who you are or where you appear on an org chart but the things you do every day.

    What about your leadership?

    Is it progressing or stagnant?

    Are you moving ahead or treading water?

    Have you stopped leading and are just going through the motions?

    Here are 10 top symptoms to look out for:

    1. Lack of vision. Leaders are the ones with a compelling vision to share. It’s your vision that sets the direction for everything you and your team do. If you don’t know where you’re going, it leaves people confused and uncertain. People need to know where they’re going; they need their leader to set the direction and make it compelling enough that they want to follow it.

    2. Pretending to know it all. Leaders who think they know it all aren’t really leading. The path of leadership is one of questioning, listening and learning, and the best leaders are on a constant journey of discovery. But you can’t learn if you can’t admit you don’t know everything.

    3. Failing to challenge the status quo. The best leaders are uncomfortable with being comfortable. They’re constantly and consistently challenging themselves to think bigger, do more and improve on what they see around them. If you’re not challenging the status quo, not pushing back against the paradigms, you’re not leading.

    4. Lack of conversation. Where there’s no communication, disconnection is happening. When you’re not connected and engaged with the people who are most valuable to you, you have stopped having influence and you’re no longer leading. A true leader knows the importance of communication and staying engaged.

    5. Absence of trust. Trust is the foundation of leadership; when there is no trust there is no loyalty, no respect, no credibility—and it’s a sure indication that you have stopped leading, because leadership cannot happen in the absence of trust.

    6. Absence of change. Leadership is about creating new things and moving forward in new ways. If nothing is changing, you’re not leading.

    7. Death of confidence. No one wants to follow an insecure, unsure, self-conscious None of those traits will promote assurances that you can be trusted to lead and guide.

    8. Silenced complaints. A negative workplace is damaging, but some degree of complaint is healthy. The bottom line is this: if no one is complaining, people are settling, and they’re scared to speak up.

    9. Consistent lateness. If you don’t show respect for other people, they will not respect your leadership. Period. if you are frequently late for meetings or calls or just constantly moving the schedule around, your leadership isn’t going to be taken seriously.

    10. Trying to please everyone. If your goal is to make everyone happy, you are never going to be an effective leader. Your team’s best accomplishments will come when you are stretching them past their comfort zone. If you seek everyone’s approval, that stretch won’t happen—and you still won’t have pleased them all.

    Lead from Within: If any of these traits sound familiar, do something before you find that your leadership is failing.

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