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Embracing the challenges that come with change

Updated: Jul 20, 2020


If there is one thing that history teaches us, it's that change is a constant. Across the world, in nature, technology, business, and more recently our mortality. With these wide spread high impact changes, comes infinite disruption felt by everyone in society. In the business world, individuals are either making decisions, or having decisions made for them that will change their course. I wanted to write briefly about the responsibility that comes with these decisions, and the importance of accepting the change for what it is.


Over the coming months, as government support comes to an end, the volume of business owners, managers etc, finding themselves having to make decisions that protect their business, will significantly increase. This is inevitable following such a turbulent time in the majority of sectors. It's vital in this time that these decisions are considered not only carefully to ensure business continuity, but with the individuals in mind. The company brand extends beyond the customer perspective to your brand as an employer also. We all have a responsibility to do everything we can to help our teams even if their role is not sustainable. Think of the support you can offer beyond employment and severance, to the person and the challenges that they are now facing.


On the other side of the coin, as employees who may be facing the unthinkable, don't look back in anger. As tough as it may be to flip the fear into a positive, any delay in doing so will magnify the negative impact on your career, financial position and mental health. How the hell do you do this? It's much easier to write about than it is to do in practice, granted. From my experience in these situations it's important to set yourself some goals that break down the process. Get some quick wins in, reach out to your network and do so, without anger or bitterness. Consider if now is the opportunity you have been waiting for to take control of your career and find your passion. Make sure that when you do reflect on these times, in years to come, you do so with a satisfied smile that you made it the best thing that could have happened in your work life.


Please share your comments and thoughts, they may help someone struggling with these situations.

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