Subject: How to handle constant change at work
Have you been in a company that simply can’t seem to make their mind up when it comes to team structure?
In just one year I have had to report to four different managers and my organisation structure is constantly changing. Just as I am getting used to a new change, boom! Here is a new one. Honestly, it can be quite exhausting.
Whether your manager is leaving or there is a change higher up that trickles all the way down to your team, sometimes these changes are inevitable and whether it’s a big or small impact it could still affect your role.
Your company is always responsible for making sure that any transition goes as smoothly as possible, but as we all probably know by now, not all companies like to play by the rules. If you’re in a situation similar to this and aren’t sure how to manage all of the change, don’t worry you’re not alone.
Here are some tips on how to approach change within your company/team:
Try to get as much information about the change as possible: as soon as you hear about the change make sure you’re able to go to someone (manager, co-worker, etc.) to talk about it. Let’s be real I am sure half the team will be gossiping about it anyways. Getting more insight into what is happening will allow you to have a clearer picture of what the change means for you.
Schedule time with your manager: no matter how big or small of an impact the change has on you make sure to always meet with your manager to talk about it. I personally like to wait a day or two after I find out just so I am able to process it and make sure I can prepare questions.
Side note: Even if they already scheduled a meeting with you to actually tell you about the news make sure you have a follow up to bring up any concerns.
Ask all the questions: Once you meet with your manager make sure to ask them all the questions you may have. Don’t be afraid to bombard them as they should be prepared for this and it’s important you know exactly what this change means for you, how your role might be affected, projects that might come your way or maybe stop being part of your responsibility because of new circumstances.
Take your time: Don't feel like you need to dive in deep to all the changes, if you're feeling a bit unsure about the what’s going on take the time you need to adapt to it. Be sure to voice any concerns or things that you may be struggling with. Your manager should make sure that you can adapt to it with ease.
Although frustrating, having a change in your team and/or responsibilities doesn't always have to be a bad thing. This usually allows you to explore more aspects of the company. Having different managers also allows you to learn to adapt to the different managing styles which is always a good thing to have in the future!
Best of luck,