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Tips for Handling Change
By Joe Bodary
Michigan State Branch 925 Corresponding Secretary
Changes, changes and more changes! A lot of people have problems adjusting to changes, let alone a whole lot of changes all at once. This is when they are most stressed.
We get into the habit or rhythm of our jobs; when they change, it upsets us. There also is fear of what’s coming—what if I don’t like the job I get? What if I can’t handle it? What if it’s far away? All these questions keep playing through your head, increasing your stress. Fear of the unknown!
Throughout my career, I went through several RIFs. I pulled out of all of them just fine. Here is what we know: The Postal Service has never laid anyone off; you will have a job! That’s the most stressful thing to me, worrying about not having any income.
In the private sector, there are no RIF procedures! If your job is eliminated, you are let go. Simple! I know from firsthand experience as my better half went through that experience after working 20 years for the same company. Then, her job was contracted out—bye-bye!
So, lose that worry. Here is what you need to know. You are a leader. Your employees look to you for instruction, guidance and leadership; they will be watching you very closely. You need to keep control and calm; your employees will follow your lead.
They may be worried, too, and speak to you about it. Let them have your ear, be understanding and refer them to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). A lot of the time, they feel better just by having you listen. You, in turn, also can share your concerns with your manager and, by all means, make use of the EAP.
Next, whatever job with which you end up, take a deep breath and jump in. Have a positive attitude and give it your all to learn and succeed at your new job. I have been there, dreaded going where I was going, but did my best to learn the job, then excel at it.
I made some good connections and expanded my knowledge and experience in different areas. That helped make me very marketable, succeed and get to where I wanted to be! Also remember you can bid on other jobs as they become available. So if you do not like the job in which you landed, know that you are not stuck for life.
Hopefully, these few things I am sharing will make the changes you may be going through a little easier to endure. The most important thing is to keep a positive attitude in everything you do, which will help you tremendously.
Stay safe and best of luck in everything you do!