Change is inevitable in all facets of our life. In the workplace, whether you are in the always-evolving start-up space or in a more consistent, larger corporation, it will not remain the same. For some, this is an exciting prospect full of potential and new opportunities to develop and stand out. For others, it’s viewed a bit differently. If you fall into the latter category, it’s ok. From CEOs to new hires, change is an obstacle for us all.

If you struggle to embrace such scenarios, recognize that this may be a hindrance to your career. It’s normal to resist new developments, but too much resistance can make people believe you are stubborn or not a team player. You can’t let this shortcoming derail your potential. Your reluctance for newness in the workplace has to stop, or at least subside.

To embrace a switch in office practices, you must accept change yourself. Instead of remaining with your current convictions to new developments, consider these tips for welcoming it more into your life.

Embrace the One Constant

Nothing is consistent except for change. It is the one constant in all aspects of your life. If you are the type of person that needs consistency in the workplace, try to see that change will always be consistent.

It may not sound too positive at first, but it can actually be an exciting challenge that brings out the best in you.

If you can do this, you’ve accomplished the first step to welcoming change.

Remember, you can’t spell ‘challenge’ without ‘change’, and with challenges come opportunities for you to grow and develop. Challenges should be a welcome opportunity to bring out the best in you. You never know what you can achieve until you accept a challenge.  

If you continue to struggle, consider that it isn’t the change you feel upset, anxious or uneasy about. It might be the unknown. With its uncertain outcomes, the unknown is a fearful prospect for most of us. It often is the source of our anxieties and fears, especially at work. If you allow those thoughts to manifest within you, it can cripple your standing within the team.

That’s why you must address your struggles as soon as possible. If you effectively deal with these hurdles, you can turn a weakness into a strength.

Put It Into Application, Ask Some Questions

How do you shift your perspective on the issue? By putting it into application. You began with your mindset, now expand to your work. Soon, you’ll see the benefits of going with the flow a bit more.

Advising you to embrace change and shift your perspectives can work for some. However, you might need to go beyond this. If you find yourself having trouble opening up to new approaches in the office, let your managers and team members know in a constructive manner. You’re on a team for a reason, and effective teams communicate.

Don’t be afraid to speak up. Communicate when new directives aren’t as clear as your manager may think they were conveyed. Ask questions. Get the answers needed to fully understand what’s happening. Your manager wants you informed and onboard. They need you on the same page to make sure the new direction or initiative is successful. They won’t leave you in the dark.

Asking questions benefits everyone. It creates an opportunity for the team to maintain a proper flow of communication. That flow of communication means managers are relaying the benefits of the new initiatives and associates are speaking up when they need to. In doing so, all sides have the information they need to make the team excited for the company’s new direction ahead. With conversation comes clarity.

If fear of the unknown or making mistakes is a part of the issue, tell your manager that as well.  Let them know what you feel comfortable and not and let them help guide through the process.  They can give you tools and resources to help you take the change head on or break into smaller pieces to help you adjust.

Regardless of the outcome, remember that change will always happen in the office. From corporations to single-person operations, each business will shake up from time-to-time. You need to come along for the ride if you want it to work for you. Feel free to speak up, ask questions and collect information about the new direction. Just remember to always be a team player. From offering assistance to embracing new ideas, you can make the office’s changes work for you with the right mindset.