Re-organisation, re-structuring, takeovers, mergers and plain down-sizing – we’re hearing these words more and more often as companies take tough decisions to survive. Often a few hours is all it takes for an organisation to take a radical decision that touches the lives of its employees!
It is not easy to deal with organisational change that comes your way abruptly. Finding out that you have a new boss, that your organisation will be transformed overnight or that you need a new job with hardly a few day’s notice can seem like a body blow to your career. Here’s a run-down on how you can help yourself when your career hits turbulence.
1. Get Some O2
Coming to terms with a new reality is the first step to dealing with it. While anger, stress and even denial are natural, accept change that you know you cannot change. Carry yourself with dignity as how you react will stay with you long after the actual moment has passed. It is this acceptance & strength that will act as essential oxygen supply, helping you to think clearly and find solutions.
2. Take Help From HR
Connect with the HR department and find out what support there will be from the organisation’s end. Many companies run ‘employee outplacement’ programmes for displaced employees – job search assistance & resume writing that the company will pay for. Sometimes a generous severance package is available. Check what resources & help is available to help you deal with change and only then assess how bad the situation really is. A company we know handed out a generous 9-month severance package, that many employees felt left them better off!
3. Help Others (Especially Those Junior to You)
Make time to provide a reference, pass on job leads or introduce someone to a recruiter or friend who can help. If a colleague has been handed the pink slip be there to lend a sympathetic ear. When your team has been disbanded, tap into the entire group’s network; it could pay off for one of you. The CEO of a company that closed shop recently dealt with the crisis saying, “For me, looking after my 60-person team came first.”
4. Explain What’s Going On
It’s important to explain the situation to others impacted by it – within the organisation and outside. Giving your family and friends bad news can be tough, but is best handled at the earliest. When you take it in stride so will they, giving you the support you need. Decide also how you want to present an employment gap or change in profile during an interview or in your resume. An expert resume writer can help in presenting sensitive information in the best way possible.
5. Move On
Leave behind the baggage. Get into action mode and move on, focusing your energy on what lies ahead. The change you are faced with will often make you think outside the box and push your limits, taking you towards better career prospects.
As Aristotle had famously said, “Change in all things is sweet.” Keep your seat belt on at all times and stay ready for change!
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