Here we thought that only death and taxes were inevitable. Looks like “change” is peering her head around that same corner, and I don’t mean the change that the politicians keep bantering about. I mean the real, honest-to-goodness, things are going to change around here kind of change that happens at work.
Some are suggesting that some of the very tenants of our work world are likely to change as baby boomers retire and our system adjusts. That may be years down the road, but talk of recession and lots of pink slips make talk about change a definite here and now topic.
How can you prepare for change? Some thoughts…
1. Keep your head out of the sand. You don’t want to engage in unsavory gossip, but make it your business to know the skinny in your area and the company at large. Touch in with professionals in competing companies as well so you’ll have a finger on the pulse of your industry.
2. Make yourself vital. Volunteer for projects. Don’t complain. Become an expert in a niche market. Specialize in something useful and leverage your services when change comes around the bend.
3. Keep your eye on the prize. What are your goals? Plans? Do you hope to move up the ladder in your company? Move on to another industry? If you don’t have plans, change will come and hit you in the face. I don’t have to tell you that most people who are hit in the face aren’t going to be lucky enough to have much say in the directions they go. Don’ t let that be you.
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