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Oftentimes, company reorganizations take many employees by surprise. Emotions are running high as companies are both eager and anxious for the next step. Along with this, comes negative side effects such as a decline in productivity. However hard the circumstances may be, getting over these negative feelings and focusing on personal connection is important for the future.
If you as an employee have survived a reorg, it is most likely because your company saw value in you and believe you can help them move forward. So, if you’re having trouble coping with the landscape in front of you, read on for some actionable steps you can take.
1. Recognize the fallout
One of the first things you must do on the road to recovery is to recognize the fallout that just took place. The period leading up to reorganization and the actual event itself can be stressful—but only if you let it. Your coworkers may have been let go or your office atmosphere might feel off. This often leads to feelings of sadness, loss, and even “survivor’s guilt”. While it’s okay to feel these emotions, don’t let them impact your day-to-day. It’s going to take some time for things to get back to normal.
2. Rebuild your confidence
With a reorg comes a heavy self-evaluation period where you contemplate your next step. This might be your window of opportunity to switch jobs or to take the next steps in furthering your career. Therefore, begin by doing a skill inventory to see what excites you and what doesn’t. Take this time to find ways to get excited about the work you’re doing again. Don’t let this deter you from finding new ways to play to your strengths and explore your interests.
3. Find opportunities internally
As mentioned above, now is the perfect time to scope out the various departments to see what opportunities present themselves. Oftentimes, there is a position for you to take on new assignments or position yourself to build new skills. What’s more, is you might have the opportunity to take on a more elevated role in your current position. Seek out and take on these opportunities. Not only will they help you expand your skills, but they will also help you get closer to your longer term goals.
4. Perform a gap assessment
If you’ve been given a new role due to restructure, give yourself some time to get settled and understand what is being asked of you. This process may happen fast or take a few months. After this time, perform a gap assessment to determine if you have the tools and skills to be successful in the role. If you are lacking something, albeit resources, training, or tools, make sure you raise your concern to your manager so they can get you what you need to get the job done.
5. Manage and communicate up and down
Just as you have been navigating the turbulent waters of a reorg as an employee, it doesn’t mean your managers and other upper management aren’t too. Tend to these relationships so you can have a good understanding of what is being asked of you in your role. Additionally, you can use this to see what you can do to contribute to the success of the organization. If you are in the management position, take the time to help your employees adapt and calm their concerns about their jobs. This will ensure that your employees are comfortable in their new roles. It is best done one-on-one to focus on personal connection.
6. Don’t lose your contacts, keep communication lines open
Though you may think that once a coworker leaves your company, you will never see or hear from them again. Think again. You never know when and where you’ll reconnect. Additionally, if a colleague was valuable to you, whether as a resource, mentor, or confidant, don’t be so quick to lose that relationship. Take the initiative and make the first move to foster that personal connection, whether it be on LinkedIn or giving them a call. Even though they may be gone in the office, they should not be forgotten by you.
7. Embrace the change and grow from it
While it may seem like a lot of changes are happening at once, it will soon come to an end and the dust will settle. Once the dust has settled, find the silver lining in the change. Make the best of the situation and look for new opportunities that can further you along in your career. People who embrace change are more successful in life. So focus on building personal connections and go the extra mile. You may even be rewarded by leadership for your efforts. Having the right attitude is all it takes to be a change agent for your organization.
A reorg may seem scary at first. But with a little time, patience, and optimism, you can seek out new opportunities that can further your career and make your day-to-day work something to look forward to. By embracing change, you might just find something that’s right for you.