Change Is Not a Four-Letter Word
In a technologically run world, if you’re not willing to change, you will inevitably fall behind. We work incredibly hard trying to develop the right rhythm, only to realize by the time we fine-tune it, that rhythm isn’t the most efficient way to do things anymore.
While LRG has been around for decades, it continues to be a young and energetic company because of its efforts to accept and reward change. I’ve been a senior staff member of LRG for only a few months but have seen how processes and implementations created here give our team a feeling of excitement and endurance. We are in an atmosphere in which the team can earn flexibility while also being expected to create it. I’ve been quite impressed to see the team growing individually and as a cohort at an equal pace.
Change can be liberating but it can also spark a feeling of uncertainty or anxiety. Initiating change that affects multiple, diverse people is not an easy task — nor is it an automatic win. What if changing from a private office environment to a flexed, open layout triggers feelings of claustrophobia or of a sudden loss of privacy among some employees? What if our latest project, which involves switching our outdated accounting and timekeeping systems, does not function seamlessly and creates more run-around work for all involved? Expensive mistakes can be made if change is executed with a lack of information or experience; a value appreciated here. It is important to realize that, although uncertainty may be intimidating, evolution is essential for business success and is a sign that you are a part of a company that has a strong future; essential to your own.
A few tips to help adapt to and welcome change:
- Make it your own: Change is an opportunity for creativity. Add it to your vision and use it to develop a new role for yourself. What would you like to see and how might you participate? Give suggestions. Stay vocal.
- Be open-minded: New technologies can be confusing to master. Educate yourself. Who wasn’t afraid of the smartphone when it first came out? Imagine life without one today. There is a reason for every change instituted in the workplace. If it doesn’t seem ideal at first, give it some time. Try to learn from it.
- Be realistic: It would be great if all of our workplaces looked and felt like those we see TV or in the latest tech magazines. It’s easy to create unrealistic expectations. We can’t all be Google. We can’t all work from home part-time. Don’t forget, this is a business — one that should work for you, but that also needs to compete in its industry.
- Consider a “Plan B”: Sometimes change backfires. Bracing yourself for a “told you so!” moment and thinking about an alternative scenario may help allay any anxiety you may feel over a coming change.
- Have fun with it! Life’s a journey that’s much more enjoyed when embraced.